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The Strokes The Next Day
Comedown Machine New album Out Now Including One Way Trigger & All The Time
David Bowieâ€™s first Album in 10 Years. Limited edition deluxe CD features 14 new songs including 'Where Are We Now?' and 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)' Plus three bonus tracks
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NEWS MORNING GLORY
95bFM has announce the new host of Morning Glory, Esther MacIntyre. Esther began her tenure at bFM as a volunteer on the News team in 2010 and has honed her experience across new music & current affairs as 95bFM Breakfast Producer, Wire host, and Wednesday 1-4 host. Esther has been a regular fill-in on Morning Glory since 2011 and is looking forward to bringing you the show’s upbeat and topical vibe every weekday. The daily format of Morning Glory will continue to deliver a mix of arts, culture, interviews & features, and music. Fashion to food, book reviews to international artists. Esther will begin hosting fulltime on Mon 18 Mar.
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As we mentioned a few weeks ago Fall Out Boy are back from their hiatus with a new single and an up coming album. They have just announced one New Zealand dates as apart of their ‘come back’ world tour. The four-piece will of course play the hits, as well as new tracks from their yet to be released fifth studio album Save Rock And Roll.
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“This isn’t a reunion because we never broke up. We needed to plug back in and make some music that matters to us. The future of Fall Out Boy starts now. Save Rock And Roll...” the band says. SEE THE LIVE: FALL OUT BOY FRI 29 MAR THE POWERSTATION, AUCKLAND TICKETS ON SALE: MON 18 MAR
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Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dogg, will release his highly anticipated new album, Reincarnated, in April. The forthcoming reggae and dancehall influenced album is executive produced by Diplo and the Major Lazer production team. Mr. Lion recently premiered the new video and single for ‘Lighters Up’ – a peace anthem both figuratively and literally. The album features Drake, Chris Brown and T.I., Busta Rhymes, Akon, Rita Ora, Popcaan and Mavado and more. “We were searching for true reggae music and the message of peace and hope it reflects,” says Snoop Lion on Reincarnated. ALBUM OUT: FRI 26 APR
Ten Years After guitarist Alvin Lee has died, aged 68. “With great sadness we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this morning after unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure,” the family said in a statement. Lee formed Ten Years After in 1966 but left the band in 1973 to focus on a solo career only to reform the group in 1988. Ten Years After released 11 studio albums between 1966 and 2008. Lee put out 14 solo albums; the most recent was Still on the Road to Freedom in 2012.
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The Flaming Lips have announced the long-awaited release of The Terror, their thirteenth studio album at the end of March. The album comprised of nine original compositions that reflect a darker-hued spectrum than previous works, along with a more inward-looking lyrical perspective than one might expect. Wayne Coyne explains, “Why would we make this music that is The Terror — this bleak, disturbing record? I don’t really want to know the answer that I think is coming. Maybe this is the beginning of the answer.” ALBUM OUT: FRI 29 MAR
William Moody, aka Paul Bearer to his pro wrestling fans, has died, the WWE said. A spokesman for the wrestling company said Moody’s family contacted the WWE to report the death last week. Moody joined the WWE in 1990 and quickly became associated with The Undertaker, a character who claimed he was undead and boasted of mystical powers. Paul Bearer later managed Undertaker’s on-screen half brother Kane. He also managed the bad-guy character Mick “Mankind” Foley.
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Disney On Ice is set to return to New Zealand. Get ready to enter the world of wonder with the Princesses & Heroes tour. The ice production features eight Disney Princesses and their Princes, with skating, acrobatics and highflying jumps. Ariel, Aurora, Jasmine, Aladdin, Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel and Tiana are just some of the characters included in the show. SEE IT LIVE: PRINCESSES & HEROES WED 15 MAY – SUN 19 MAY TSB BANK ARENA, WELLINGTON FRI 24 MAY – SUN 26 MAY CBS CANTERBURY ARENA, CHRISTCHURCH SAT 01 JUN – MON 03 JUN VECTOR ARENA, AUCKLAND TICKETS ON SALE NOW
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Director Sam Mendes has said he will not direct the next James Bond film and wants to focus on theatre projects in the future. The most recent Bond film Skyfall had major success at the box office, grossing more than US$1.1 billion globally, but that hasn’t swayed Mendes to stick with the franchise. “Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theatre and other commitments, including productions of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear, that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond.”
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Your house is on fire, what do save? Anyone in it, then my Telecaster. Favourite ‘90s TV show? Twin Peaks. Dream job as a kid? A cosmonaut. First album? Queen – Greatest Hits II.
SKY have announced JONES!, a new channel that will be available to all SKY’s domestic customers with the basic package at no extra charge. The channel will offer “an affectionate homage to television’s finest moments with an eclectic mix of programming favourites from a time where innocent first screen crushes were made and friendships lasted a lifetime.” The name is also a nod to 70’s slang for being extremely fond of something and was chosen to reflect the content. JONES! programming features British and American content including Cheers, Columbo, The Wonder Years, Thunderbirds, Mork & Mindy, Minder, the Star Trek franchises, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, The Bionic Woman, Kojak, Happy Days, Charlie’s Angels, TJ Hooker. JONES! WILL LAUNCH ON MON 13 MAY AT 1PM ON SKY CHANNEL 13.
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be? A street worker.
Ultimate festival line-up? Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins (‘95 version), Queens of the Stone Age, The Mars Volta, At the Drive In, Sigur Ros, The National, Arcade Fire and Dredg. Who would play you in a film? Alex from A Clockwork Orange.
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How do you discover new music? Blogs, gigs, friends. Worst job you’ve had? Glass packer. Which song do you wish you wrote? ‘Exit Music’ – Radiohead. Biggest fear? Boredom. First gig in attendance? Michael Jackson in ’95. Any vices? Late night fast food.
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Favourite lyric? “We hope your rules and wisdom choke you” – ‘Exit Music’ by Radiohead.
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FRI 15 MAR THE MAYFAIR, NEW PLYMOUTH SAT 16 MAR THE ROYAL HOTEL, PALMERSTON NORTH FRI 22 MAR THE BEDFORD, CHRISTCHURCH
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SUN 17 MAR ST PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL THE SHAKESPEAR
PLAYING FAVourites Lachlan Fergus O’Connor
The Shakespeare Hotel & Brewery is having its biggest ever St Paddy’s Day. The staff invites you to join them to celebrate the day of green so wear the colour loud and proud, and enjoy live music throughout the day. They even have a special brew of their own stout for the day (Murtaghs Lucky Irish Stout).
LEPRECHAUN crack to me! I get the sweats if I go too long without some. Favourite song? Anything by that Dana wan! Jaysus I tell ya, I’d feckin *burp*. Favourite meal? Breakfast.
GREEN WALK 2013
Favourite label to put on your relationship? A pain in the feckin’ arse, I should have gone off with that wan in Vegas, the stuff she did...holy Mary!
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New Zealand culture and Irish heritage come together on a special green walk through Rotorua. The walk goes through historic landmarks, visiting various locations such as the Maori carvings, Prince’s Gate Arches, Band Rotunda, Te Runanga Tea House, Malfroy Geysers, Site of the Sanatorium and more. Dress to impress.
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Favourite ‘90s TV show? Fair City on RTÉ, it’s feckin’ shite...but not as that Shortland Street! Favourite drink? Whatever you buy me, it’s your round anyway!
Favourite word? Feck!
Favourite restaurant/café? You mean Pub, no?
Favourite body part on you? I’ve a mole the shape of Africa on me feckin’ backside, do’ya wanna see?
Favourite takeaway? A true Irishman only eats in Supermac’s. Google it. Favourite colour? I have three; green, white and gold.
Be first in the world to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. The Hugh Green Group parade features Irish inspired floats, traditional dancing, bands and lots more. Skip or jig down to the wharf on Quay Street for the magical festival of Irish culture. Promise there will be lots of dancing, singing and frolicking.
Favourite classic film? The Pope Visits Ireland 2: Papal Justice. Favourite childhood memory? The day I cashed in my Pot of Gold, went to Las Vegas and became a man. I still have the rash to remind me of my time there! Jaysus, it t’was mighty craic it was.
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Favourite party food? Ham and crisp sandwiches.
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Favourite vice? Ham and crisp sandwiches – Jaysus, it’s like fecking
Favourite venue? Paddy Murphy’s pub down the lane. Favourite lyric? “If your girl starts acting up, then you take her friend” – ‘Rappers Delight’ by Sugarhill Gang. Favourite candy bar? Candy Bar??... ya feckin wannabe yank....go on out a that. Feckin’ Candy bar me arse! Favourite current TV show? Paddy Joe’s Late Night Hooley. It’s on Saturday night back home.
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Go to the Chapel and strike it lucky with a golden challenge. Just purchase a Monteith’s Golden Ale and win great prizes from their pot of gold. DJ Thane Kirby from George FM will be spinning all the Irish classics – can’t promise there won’t be any Corrs up in there though. Get your green gear on.
St Patrick’s Day hits will be pumping all day and night as, in true Irish fashion, you will drink, dance and make yourself merry until you can’t stand the sight of Guinness anymore. Entertainment from midday in the main bar, with DJ Sassafras playing all your favourite hits. Be there or be square.
ST PRACTICE DAY/St Paddy’s day MCMORRISSEY’S IRISH PUB & EATERY, WHANGAREI
It’s not just one day – it’s a whole weekend of party times. First, there is “St Practice” Day: On Saturday March 16, there’ll be a marquee outside the pub with live music from 5pm. Sunday’s St Paddy’s Day: Breakfast starts at 10am. Get your green kit on and join us for a day/night of celebrating the Irish heritage.
Favourite body part on someone else? I love a good pair of legs.
Kiss me I’m Irish
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WED 13 MAR FUN.
WHOLE LOTTA LED
LOGAN CAMPBELL CENTRE
7.30PM, $20, UNDERTHERADAR.CO.NZ
March 16, Whole Lotta Led roll out the Led again at the Frontroom. Starting the night, enjoy a swaggering set from Rude Mood, the highly regarded Stevie Ray Vaughn tribute show and into the evening there will be a special appearance by Burlesque specialists Courtney Lamour and Patrice McCarthy.
After breaking into our charts with ‘We Are Young’ (probably a lot to do with Glee), the quirky indie rock act are coming our way as part of The Edge’s One Night Stand. It’s their first time in the country so make them welcome. Joined by local acts Kids of 88, Kidz in Space and Ruby Frost.
FRI 15 MAR
GRAND OLE HAYRIDE THE VIC CINEMA CAFÉ THEATRE
WOMAD NZ 2013 TSB BOWL OF BROOKLANDS, NEW PLYMOUTH
8PM, $20-25, THEVIC.CO.NZ
In the tradition of the old-time live country show, Grand Ole Hayride brings you the top three finalists of the APRA & New Zealand Music Awards 2012. Tami Neilson, Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams make up this line- up of uber-talented performers, guaranteed to knock your dancing socks off.
6PM, $54-1400, TICKETEK.CO.NZ FRI 15 MAR - SUN 17 MAR
Womad-ness is back for another year. Taking over Taranaki, this three-day event is full of fun, entertainment and learning. With an emphasis on world music, sustainability and culture, it’s an eyeopening festival like no other that will introduce you to your favourite new artist and even learn a new skill.
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MINUIT JUICE BAR
8PM, $101-119, TICKETEK.CO.NZ
No doubt if you are someone in the know you have seen the Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugarman and now see the man himself due to an overwhelming demand. While relatively underground, a wave of mainstream acceptance in Australia and South Africa dating back to the 70’s has opened up new opportunities for this man.
8PM, $25, UNDERTHERADAR.CO.NZ
Sharp, eclectic beats and bass mix with the wit and sparkle of a fully-charged Ruth Carr out front. Minuit have released their latest album Last Night You Saw This Band – it’s fresh and explosive and as welltraveled as the people who created it. They are an incredible live act.
THE BADS THE PADDINGTON
Dianne Swann and Brett Adams have worked together since 1992. Swann was once part of female pop group When The Cat’s Away and Adams has recently played guitar for Tim Finn. From The Julie Dolphin, as the pair first called themselves in London, to Boom Boom Mancini and now to The Bads.
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SOUNDS IN THE SUN UNITEC MT ALBERT CAMPUS RUGBY FIELDS
DJ FRESH & RITA ORA THE POWERSTATION
8PM, $49, TICKETMASTER.CO.NZ
The sneaky songstress surprised us all with a last-minute gig, which will no doubt sell out. Her infectious beats have made her a hit worldwide, and her fashion sense has led her to be compared to Rihanna. Joined by DJ Fresh (who she featured with on smash hit ‘Hot Right Now’). 8
10.30M, $10, DASHTICKETS.CO.NZ
Last year, it was hardly Sounds in The Sun as impending rain made it sounds (and drugs) inside Vector Arena instead. This year, let’s hope Auckland weather comes to the party and brings good weather to the party. It’ll mean no more concussions when people fall over. The line-up is a local and cultural experience, featuring regular reggae hitters Katchafire, Tahuna Breaks, Pieter T, Ddub, Sola Rosa, the always pleasing Weird Together, Tyra Hammond, Unknown Peace, and Nina McSweeney. It’s cheap as chips, with Unitec students getting in for free and members of the public only having to shell out $10 for a musical feast.
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ALBUM OF THE WEEK
SUN 17 MAR SANTANA & THE STEVE MILLER BAND CBS CANTERBURY ARENA
@PEACE GIRL SONGS
5.30PM, $99-135, TICKETEK.CO.NZ
No matter what way you look at it, Santana is one of the greatest guitarists of a generation. He’s been plucking and strumming those strings for more than four decades and sold beyond 90 million records. He’s been our way before, but Kiwi fans love him so let’s show him some love once more.
FIVE DAYS OF HATE VOID
6PM, $15, UNDERTHERADAR.CO.NZ
Unleash the underbelly of hell with a line-up of hardcore, scream and shout metal acts. Including Aussie outfit Thy Art is Murder, Dawn of Azazel, In Dread Response and Depths. Headlining is extreme metal outfit TAIM, who have carved a trail of bloody mayhem since 2006.
MON 18 MAR THE PRESIDENTS OF THE USA STUDIO
7.30PM, $80-130, TICKETEK.CO.NZ
Still hitting it long after the ‘90s have been and gone, Juice TV & Radio Hauraki are excited to present pop rock legends The Presidents of the United States of America live for one show only. And, would you believe, they are playing their classic, five-time platinum, self-titled debut album in its entirety .
TUE 19 MAR NEIL YOUNG W/ CRAZY HORSE TSB BANK ARENA
gig OF THE WEEK
8PM, $160-108, TICKETEK.CO.NZ
On their first headline tour since 2003’s, Neil Young and Crazy Horse – comprised of Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Frank “Poncho” Sampedro – is packed full of older but wiser talent. The shows promise to showcase both new material from their recently released album Psychedelic Pill and the classics.
@peace’s second release has the outfit creating a record that expands on their hybrid of beats and flow, making Girl Songs a more cohesive, fully realised effort than their début. Whilst their self-titled EP cut a fine line between rap and funk instrumental breaks, like on the stellar ‘Home’, this one presents something harder to pin down. To the uninitiated, this may sound like an extension of Tom Scott’s misfit group Homebrew, which could be assigned to the two singles ‘Cake’ and ‘Flowers’, but under the surface it possesses a raw and brooding quality, with an emphasis on laid back funk grooves and straight laced rhymes contributed by both Scott and Lui Tuiasau. Nineties rap commandeers the flow, and though the boys probably wouldn’t accept the ‘conscious rap’ tag, it comes to mind – A Tribe Called Quest and Common particularly. Girl Songs also boasts old school, neo-soul instrumentation that harkens back to older realms of influence. ‘Cake’ sounds like grimy production from late seventies Isley Brothers, ‘Cats Like Fish’ borrows hung over Gaye funk, whilst intro ‘Bar Stool Balancing Act’ opens with Scott’s recognisable drawl before trickling into a section that sounds like D’Angelo on the piano after a pack of Port Royals. ‘Midnight’ has a beautiful instrumental, almost a jazzy lilt, before breaking into chopped drums and original samples. Tuiasau particularly stands out on this track, a worthy, harder component to Scott’s eccentric Kiwi style. These influences
can be heard from the outset but on repeated listens, it becomes something only @peace can pull off. The second half of the album is dense, experimental. ‘2 Die 4’ is an anomaly and the most intriguing cut. Creeping, backwards guitar licks and multi-tracked singing/spitting make this a weird standout – something entirely singular in their repertoire. ‘Wandering’ has a steady, summery vibe, which would be a good follow up single. It’s an introspective cut, breezy and gentle. This vibe comes to a head on closing track ‘My Dad’, an unsettling track that invites interpretation. All up, Homebrew this is not. @ peace have created their own path, their own sound, a mixing pot of summery soul, funk, ghostly R&B and chilled rhymes. Still something New Zealanders can call their own, but this may take off overseas before we know it. Girl Songs gets things done, not only for Kiwi rap, but Kiwi music – this shouldn’t be tagged so easily. A solid follow up. Written By Jake Ebdale
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WED 13 MAR
CRISPIN HELLION GLOVER
Your fantasy spirit animal is… Crispin Hellion Glover.
8PM, $90, TICKETMASTER.CO.NZ
Your signature “I’m an amazing cook” dish is… Raw Kale, Avocado, Cucumbers, Walnuts, Flax Seed Oil, Dulce, and Kalamata Olives.
We’re not quite at the Comedy Festival yet, but comedian Russell Peters couldn’t wait any longer so here he is. His Notorious World Tour features all new material from the Brampton, Ontario raised comic. Russell performances are typically observational from his Indian background and his life in Canada. His shows are highly regarded and totally hilarious.
The best TV show around at the moment is… Berlin Alexanderplatz directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
SOUTH POETIC PARTY
The best place for a date night is… The Museum.
BARTLEY + COMPANY ART
You’d get arrested if the police knew that you… Do something illegal.
11AM-5.30PM SEASON: WED 13 MAR - SAT 30 MAR
Roger Mortimer’s art continues his distinctive investigation of maps and cartographic conventions. His imagery is derived from history, mythology, classical painting traditions, as well as flora and fauna, and even the artist’s own interior dreamscapes. The title suggests both the poetic way his work operates and the current direction of the gaze of the Auckland-based artist.
SAT 16 MAR WILD IN THE PARK VICTORIA STREET SKATE PARK
Think you have what it takes to be a skating winner? Volcom’s Wild in the Parks is coming back! This year’s theme is Gorilla, so be sure to come dressed in theme to go into the draw to win the day’s best dressed prize! Vic Park is the newest skate park, with great challenges and spaces to freestyle skater’s skills.
GIBBSTON WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
People say you look like… Crispin Hellion Glover. Kittens or puppies? Kittens.
Who’s in the dead supergroup for your dream hologram show? Ludwig Van Beethoven. What’s an upcoming film you’re jazzed about? What is it? and It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE. What happens when you mix Coca Cola with Pepsi? Teeth and health problems will occur if you ingest that combination for a long period of time in large quantities.
What generic current affair has your blood boiled? The XYZ affair. SEE HIM PERFORM: CRISPIN HELLION GLOVER BIG SLIDE SHOW AND FILMS – PART 1&2 SAT 16 MAR RED LECTURE THEATRE, DUNEDIN SUN 17 MAR RED LECTURE THEATRE, DUNEDIN TUE 19 MAR SKYCITY THEATRE, AUCKLAND
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BREENAN & MT ROSA VINEYARDS, GIBBSTON 7.30PM, $28, TICKETEK.CO.NZ 10.30AM-5PM
This year’s festival sees a total rebranding of the Harvest Festival with a great opportunity to learn from the region’s best wine makers and to sample some of their award-winning wines. It’s a chance to relax, drink wine, be merry and be entertained at the picturesque location of Mt Rosa with Brennan Wines.
The man formerly known as Creepy Thin Man in Charlie’s Angels, director, writer and star Crispin Glover brings his unique live show and feature film to Skycity Theatre in Auckland. This very personal show includes a slide show and dramatic narration, a special presentation of his feature film and even a Q&A session.
FOOTNOTE FORTE 2013
ALLEN HALL THEATRE
8PM, $20-30, DASHTICKETS.CO.NZ
Footnote Forte is an initiative to bring outstanding Kiwi dance artists home to make work here in New Zealand. They have commissioned Berlin-based choreographer and past Footnote dancer, Lisa Densem. Lisa has worked with Sasha Waltz & Guests, one of Germany’s most successful companies.
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FILM OF THE WEEK
WED 13 MAR
OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL 3D
YOUNG & MARRIED MTV, 9PM
Going against the trend of marrying later, these young lovers are unique. Marrying their high school sweethearts or smitten with childhood romances, these love stories are not cliché. Despite friends and family telling them they’re too naïve to tie the knot, these young ones are still moving forward with the wedding.
PRIME ROCKS: PAT BENATAR PRIME, 9.30PM
directed by Sam Raimi Starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz
She hit us with her best shot – and it made her a global icon. Pat Benatar broke into the music industry boy’s club with songs of feminine fury and reigned as the queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll in the 80’s. She shook up the music world with her striking sound and sexy image, winning four consecutive Grammy Awards.
THU 14 MAR LIBERAL ARTS GENERAL RELEASE
Everyone’s favourite Ted Mosby from How I Met Your Mother takes a turn at his own romantic comedy, writing, directing and starring in this coming-ofage drama. The story follows a mid-thirties bookworm – newly single and unhappy with this job – who forms a semi-romantic bond with a 19-year-old college student (Elizabeth Olsen – the better Olsen sister).
Reining in his trademark dark excesses, director Sam Raimi’s prequel is both a satisfying set up to the 1939 classic and an appropriate homage. But while many modern audience members will be pleased that this is virtually shorn of musical interludes, it’s also light on lightness – save for James Franco’s nearpermanent grin.
attract the same audience as Judy Garland has, Raimi has gathered a fine trio of spellcasters. Williams is winsome, Weisz suitably wicked and Kunis is a clear winner with her complex character that allows her to prove that she really is Meg off Family Guy.
And although the story is similar to the original – with its Kansan resident joined by a coalition of the broken and the missing for a battle against witches – it actually feels more like a Star Wars prequel with its gathering evil forces and one character’s journey to the dark side.
Following the same monochrome/ Technicolour mix of Wizard, Raimi’s Oz is a world of brilliant blues, vivid reds and enchanting emeralds. And as well as his traditional swirling, whirling cameras he also makes good use of 3D, throwing everything from spears to flying baboons at the audience.
Despite none of them being likely to
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Explosions, drama and Mark Wahlberg looking tough, Broken City is a detective/cop thriller – directed by one half of the Hughes brothers (The Book of Eli). Marky Mark is Billy, an ex-cop now private detective, hired by the mayor of New York City (Russell Crowe) to identify the lover of his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones).
Finish the emotional journey with the Fishers in this final series of breakout hit Six Feet Under. By seasons end, each of the main characters will come to embrace the cycle of life – birth, death and rebirth – in ways that are both unique and interconnected. It’s gripping stuff for the much-loved characters.
Painting a picture of one of the most turbulent times of the modern age, the miniseries opens on Election Day 1960 with the Kennedy family’s struggle to place ‘Jack’ (Greg Kinnear) on the presidential pedestal. It goes on to cover the many notable moments of the Kennedy reign. Also starring Katie Holmes and Tom Wilkinson.
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SHIT WORTH EATING
DADDY O’S 90-92 MANNERS ST
Rock around the clock tonight with Daddy O. They’re a contemporary, gourmet and affordable dining, but with a 1940s/50s twist. There’s an old school live jazz pianist over dinner Thursday to Saturday nights and Sunday brunch, followed by live music most evenings. With class and style, music and food.
AMBROSIA CAFÉ 226 QUEEN ST, NELSON
Clutter free, with great spaces indoors and outdoors, you can relax and take in the Tasman surroundings at Ambrosia. Breakfast is their speciality, with Eggs Benedict the main feature of deliciousness that makes them truly famous.
More than just your average café, Circus Circus takes the theme to a whole new level. Brightly lit, it’s hard to miss this colourful creation on Mt Eden Road, with red and yellow décor shining like a beacon to your next meal. Winner of 2010 Best Café and named best family restaurant three years running, it’s a great place for a casual meet up or a family lunch out on the weekend. There’s nothing quite like it, with quality food, welcoming staff and an extensive menu. Try their Moroccan lamb meatballs or Piri Piri chicken salad for lunch, followed by a nice New Zealand wine.
447 MT EDEN RD
CHEAP AND CHEERFUL
auckland EATERIES AGENTS & MERCHANTS
6-10 Roukai Lane, 309-5854 Seasonal lunch meals and latenight tapas served in a small cobblestone alleyway.
86 Federal St, 363-7048
DE POST Atico Cocina
Victoria Park Market 19 Drake St Freemans Bay, 354-4030 Inspired Caribbean food and cocktails in the Old Stables & Roof Terrace of the Vic Park Market.
466 Mt Eden Rd, 630-9330 Your local in the heart of Mt. Eden with over 100 beers available.
BRITOMART COUNTRY CLUB
31 Galway St, 303-2541 Gourmet pizzas, tapas and a famous high tea service.
23 Ponsonby Rd, 360-6262 Like a stroll through the fragrant night markets & food stalls of Bangkok, MooChowChow is a boost to the senses.
128c Ponsonby Rd Open now. Bar*Cafe*Tapas*
37 Drake St, 929-2790 Taking its cue from the Americas, but with an Antipodean twist.
935A Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden
1 Melton Road - Mt Wellington, 5790340 Gourmet Burgers are Jason’s speciality take home heat and eat meals, plus a huge range of cabinet food, everything cooked to serve.
442 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn A must have stop between Ponsonby and Kingsland, with Monteiths beers and great food.
7 Sale St, 307-8148 Bistro dining, award-winning microbrewery, celebrated garden bar and a private Velvet Room!
23 Britomart Place, 366-1759 The Strand Takapuna, 280-1487 Vibrant Mexican street food served with margaritas, tequila and beer. Arrive early for a table.
277 Broadway, Newmarket, 524 7257 Legendary pizza maker’s secret family recipe and are proud to serve you authentic NY Pizza.
169 K’Rd, 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.
THE WINDSOR CASTLE
144 Parnell Rd, 356-3650 Established in 1847, one of Auckland’s earliest surviving hotels serving gastro pub food in a comfortable, unpretentious environment.
QUAY STREET CAFE
130 Quay Street, Britomart, 337 0088 This cheerful, busy inner-city cafe is a fantastic place for weekday breakfast, a leisurely weekend brunch, informal lunch meetings – and great coffee any time.
SHIT WORTH DOING
WELLINGTON gig guide
AUCKLAND gig guide
Kick Club with DJ Speedy & Guests
Art & Music
9:30pm, Mighty Mighty
T.G.I.F Wednesday 9pm, Puppies
Dead Dreamers, Sail at Sunset, Authors, Precursor 8:30pm, San Francisco Bath House
James Illingworth Trio 10pm, Hashigozake
PCP Eagles, Numbskull & Gravemind 10:30pm, Mighty Mighty, $10
R&B Rachell & Band 9pm, Meow, $5
TSB Bank Arena
2 For 1 Thursdays!
9PM, San Francisco Bath House
Black Wings & Man Alone
9:30pm, Mighty Mighty, $5
DJ’s Micah, B-Lo, Gus & Kev Fresh
Bettys Function House & Bar
Don Franks Daddy O’s
George James Daddy O’s
Luckless, D Burmester & the Blind, French For Rabbits 9pm, Meow, $10
Neil Billington Band Hotel Bristol
Super Villains (RMC) & Tommy Ill
Trigger Fish ft. Kura Happs & Mo Newport
6pm, Racket Bar
Creative Jazz Club 8pm, 1885 Basement, $10
Conch Records at BCC 5pm, Britomart Country Club
Carnage @ Coherent 9pm, Coherent
Five Days Of Hate - New Zealand Tour 2013 The Kings Arms, $15
Groove Revue 6pm, Sale St
Industry Wednesday - DJ Charlie and DJ James Ashwin
8:30pm, The Lido
The Crypt Sessions: Night Three
7pm, The Crypt, $10
7:30pm, Chapel Bar & Bistro
The Circling Sun plus DJ Nathan Haines
9pm, Ponsonby Social Club
Whole Lotta Led
$noregazzzm, Fauxhound & Career Girls
7:30pm, The Frontroom, $20
Sun 17 Jam Sessions Daddy O’s
7:30pm, The Lido
Thu 14 1995
Poetry at Meow
Acoustic Thursdays with Eli
St Patricks Day Party
The Sunday Jazz Club
Carnage @ Coherent
Chopped, Screwed & Funky
DJ Alex Richards
DJ Karn Hall
Big Band Night
DJ Imagine This
Passenger 7pm, Zeal, $15
Disrupt (Jahtari, Germany) 10pm, Sandwiches
Five Days Of Hate - New Zealand Tour 2013 7pm, Medusa, $15
Public Bar & Eatery 8pm, The Troubles
Golden Axe, Quarks, Eyeliner & Snoregazzzm
Hawaiian Luau Party!
Kyle Taylor (Aus) w/ Terry Shore & Shan Jordan Latin Club
8pm, Puppies, $10
10pm, Mighty Mighty, $5
8pm, The Hunter Lounge, $69.90
Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse TSB Bank Arena
7:30pm, Neighbourhood Ding Dong Lounge 9pm, Coherent
9pm, Hurstmere Brew Bar 9pm, Twentyone
DJ Jason Eli 6pm, Commons
DJ Issac Aesli 9pm, Goldfinch
Do you feel real? w/ Let me go drone, $noregazzm & Graveyard Love 9pm, Whammy Bar, $5
8pm, Vault Bar
‘Til Death do Us party, Within Closed Arms, Austere, Alchemist 7:30pm, The Kings Arms, $10
6pm, La Zeppa
Nyntee & Scratchy 7pm, Longroom
The Get Down ft Hipstamatics 7pm, Nectar Bar
Occupational Therapy feat Bobby Brazuka & Friends 9pm, Ponsonby Social Club
Little Stomp Big City 8pm, Queens Ferry Hotel
Old School DJs 6pm, Racket Bar
DJ Dave and Friends 8pm, Red Hummingbird
R&B Jam Sessions Juice Bar
8pm, The Powerstation
7:30pm, Chapel Bar & Bistro
The Wax Works: T-Rice & DJ Hudge
5pm, Britomart Country Club
The Thursday Night Double Feature 6pm, Sale St
Root Down ft Frank Booker
6pm, Tyler St. Garage
KFM presents Massive 9pm, Verona
Fri 15 Anthony Stretch 8:30pm, De Post
Charlie Smith (Fire at Will) & Grimas Ding Dong Lounge
5pm, Chapel Bar & Bistro
David Shanhun 8:30pm, De Fontein
DJ Frank Booker & DJ Isaac Aesili 5:30pm, Everybodys
DJ Nigel & DJ Rob Martyn
6pm, Hurstmere Brew Bar
SHIT WORTH DOING
auckland gig guide Fri 15
Mark & Tala
Freestyle with Alisha
8pm, Chapel Bar & Bistro
DJ Selecta Sam 9pm, La Zeppa
DJ Ahoy vs DH Bhuja Mix 6pm, Libertine
Dub Disco: Up To No Good 10pm, Code
8pm, Moretons Bar & Restaurant
DJ Jason Kyle
6pm, Northern Steamship
Funkee Monkee Fridays 9pm, Verona
Minuit - Last Night You Saw This Band - Album Release
8pm, The Windsor Castle, $25
Passenger 7pm, Zeal, $15
Ding Dong Lounge
Rhythmic Grooves 9pm, No. 1 High St.
DJ Klassix from Paris 3pm, Hurstmere Brew Bar
2pm, Merchant Bar & Kitchen
Shae Snell duo
Sundays with Thane Kirby
9pm, Patriot Devonport
3pm, Chapel Bar & Bistro
The Black Club
10pm, Racket Bar
8pm, GBS Bar
Shae Snell/ Frankencopter
7pm, Sale St
Dean Te Paa
9pm, Rickshaw Eddys
12PM, Mad Dogs & Englishmen
Sunday Soul Session Ft: DJ Tido
DJ Ben Wah, DJ Beat Mafia
DJ Linley Latu
Sunday Sessions with In-Session
Bad Habits - Feat Dose & Bulletproof
DJ Grant Marshall followed by DJ Sample Gee
The Sunday Family Roast Feat. Oddisee And Olivier Daysoul
5:30pm, Britomart Country Club
DJ Adam & DJ Lo
Sick Disco presents Animals
10pm, Cassette Nine, $10
A Ponsonby Institution with Arash
5pm, Chapel Bar & Bistro
9pm, Jason Smith
Mum presents: Badd Energy Album Release Party 10pm, Cassette Nine, $10
The Moa @ 1885 Britomart 9pm, 1885 Britomart
Tido & Latin Aotearoa
5:30pm, Britomart Country Club
The Prototypes 10pm, Coherent
9pm, Patriot Devonport
inVOICE and Music + Open Mic 7pm, The Pumphouse
Menage-A-Trois 6pm, Racket Bar
DJ Dirty Diana
8pm, Red Hummingbird
Ratsmagic, Valedictions, Little Bandwagon and special guest Will Saunders 8pm, Rising Sun, $10
Down The Hatch 6pm, Sale St
Silo Cinema: Marley 9pm, Silo Park
DJ Leza Lee
6:30pm, The Deck
10pm, 1885, $10
10:30pm, Bacco Room, $15
Klassix From Paris & Gene Rivers
8pm, Chapel Bar & Bistro
DJ Manual Bundy & DJ Chris Cox 6pm, Neighbourhood
8:30pm, Twentyone 9pm, Snapdragon
Ghetto Sunrise, Kulus, Osmose & Apex 8pm, Rising Sun, $5
9pm, Merchant Bar & Kitchen
Master Jams with Aroha & Dean Campbell
8:30pm, De Fontein
Tommy Rock 8:30pm, De Post
7pm, Tyler St. Garage
Five Days Of Hate - New Zealand Tour 2013 7pm, Zeal, $15
DJ Funk Ferret & DJ James Ashwin
Acoustic Sunday Session w Eli Guttenbiel
Deep & Disco 10pm, Ink, $10
Latin Projection Night 9pm, Juice Bar, $10
8 Foot Sativa Kiwi Assault Tour 8pm, The Kings Arms, $30
Cut Lunch w/ Sweetpants
Watching Cars Ft: Tattletale Saints and Eden Mulholland
7:30pm, The Deck
Jamie Vokes Duo
DJ Selecta Sam
12PM, Takutai Square
8pm, Red Hummingbird
Carnage @ Coherent
DJ Grant Marshall & DJ Russell Hodgson 9pm, Twentyone
5pm, Tyler St. Garage
Richard Simpson (New Way Home), Rigel Walshe (Dawn of Azazel) & Ross (In Dread Response)
9pm, The Merchant Bar & Kitchen
6pm, La Zeppa
3pm, La Zeppa
Bloody Sundays St Patricks Day special with Arash & friends 3pm, Tyler St. Garage
Britomart Markets & Music
2pm, Britomart Country Club
Cider Co-Op 2pm, Sale St
Conch Sunday Grill 6pm, Ponsonby Social Club
4pm, Rakinos, $35
4:45pm, Shakespeare Tavern Basement Bar
Tom Rodwell & Storehouse @ Music in Parks 3pm, Tahaki Reserver
The Route 66 Band 3pm, The Hub Bar
Mon 18 Club Connoisseurs 6pm, Chapel Bar & Bistro
6pm, Britomart Country Club
The Presidents of the United States of America 7pm, The Studio
Tue 19 Happy Daves
6:30pm, Chapel Bar & Bistro
6pm, Britomart Country Club
Open Mic Night
8:30pm, The Windsor Castle
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CHRISTCHURCH gig guide Wed 13
8pm, Ciburb Bar
Sobor Latino 6pm, Astro Lounge
picking at the remnants
8:30pm, The Monday Room
A whacked paddy & the trading 8’s
Black Velvet Band
Black Velvet Band
Sweet Leaf with Miriam & Jason Northover
10pm, Pegasus Arms
8pm, Wunderbar, $5
That Ruse Kid
10pm, Phoenix Bar & Cafe
8pm, Ciburb Bar
Ashei w/ guests This Disaster and Phantom Empire
Generation - 5 Years Of Bass Music Mysterious D, Hendi, Illfigz, Maddix, Luice & Green, Lightly Toasted, Camo
6:30pm, The Brick Works
7:30pm, Phoenix Bar & Cafe
Stomping Nick 8:30pm, Darkroom
9pm, Dux Live
Delicious Thursday’s - That Ruse Kid 9pm, CBD Bar
Jazz jamming with Manny & friends 8pm, The Twisted Hop Real Ale Pub
5:30pm, Beach Bar Sumner
11pm, Revival Bar
New Music Collective presents 8pm, Chambers@241, $5
Petite Manouch 6pm, Astro Lounge
Pick and Mix
8pm, Becks Alehouse
10pm, Pegasus Arms 8pm, Ciburb Bar
5pm, Astro Lounge
Masquerade Ball 9pm, The Bedrock Bar
9pm, CBD Bar
Node presents South City Sushi Cop 8am, Dux Live, $5
Reckless Duo 9pm, Trevinos
9pm, Becks Alehouse
St Paddy’s Day Weekend
9pm, Sandridge Hotel
St Patricks Weekend Opener
7pm, The Irish Pub - Lyttelton
The Eastern Town Like Here AOTNZ Tour
7:30pm, The Woolston Club
10pm, The Craic Irish Bar
9pm, Becks Alehouse
8pm, Dux Live, $10
10pm, The Monday Room
Hype Launch Party R15 7:30pm, The Bedford CPSA Building, $10
10pm, The Bedford - Marquee
Sam Hamilton & the Teen Haters 8pm, Darkroom
10pm, The Bedrock Bar
St Patricks Day Weekend
1pm, The Irish Pub - Lyttelton
2pm, The Woolston Club
Black Velvet Band 10pm, Pegasus Arms
Bryce Carter 4pm, Astro Lounge
DnD Showband 7pm, Becks Alehouse
St Paddy’s with The Stoutfellows 5pm, Dux Live
St Paddy’s Day Party 11am, Pierside Cafe
St. Patricks Day!
10am, The Craic Irish Bar
Seth Hamilton The Get Down
The Shameless Few
Villany & Rival State Mode.Set.Clear. Tour
WOMAD NZ 2013
Villainy & Rival State Mode.Set.Clear. Tour
9pm, CBD Bar
4pm, Ciburb Bar
REGIONAL gig guide Wed 13 Bernie Griffin Everything So Far Tour Barrytown Hall, Greymouth
Candyrat Guitar Night Mussel Inn, Golden Bay
Thu 14 Candyrat Guitar Night Le Cafe, Marlborough Sounds
Cornerstone Roots Cornerstone Pub, Tauranga
Festival Club: Niko Ne Zna / Whiskey & The Wench Queens, Dunedin
The Octagon, Dunedin
Spawnbreezie & Chad Chambers
Heaven Bar, Whangarei
Villainy & Rival Sate Mode.Set.Clear. Tour
World Music WOMAD Warm Up
The Mayfair, New Plymouth
Fri 15 8 Foot Sativa & Guests Altitude Bar, Hamilton
Erin - Rhythm & Soul Summer Tour Golden Bear Brewing Company, Waimea
Framingham Harvest Concert 2013 Framingham Wines, Blenheim
K+Lab & Analog MC
The Mayfair, New Plymouth TSB Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth
Sat 16 Erin - Rhythm & Soul Summer Tour Moutere Inn, Upper Moutere
Festival Club: The Drab Doo-Riffs / The Wilberforces Queens, Dunedin
12 Below - XIIB, Dunedin
The Royal, Palmerston North
Sun 17 2013 Hokonui Country Music Festival Longford Tavern & Function Centre, Gore
Erin - Rhythm & Should Summer Tour Marahau Park Cafe, Motueka
St Patricks Day
The World Bar, Queenstown
Jo Little & Jared Smith
Mihirangi - Somebody Shake The Tree Album Tour
Sonic Delusion Album Release Tour
The Royal, Palmerston North
St Patricks Day Even feat. Greg Churchill (Aural Trash)
Ballroom Billiards, Whangarei
Luggate Hotel, Wanaka
Brewers Bar, Mt Maunganui Claudelands Arena, Hamilton
Psychedellic Cosmic Cowboys
Paddy Barrys Irish Pub, Blenheim
The Church, Dunedin
Waihi Beach Hotel
Brewers Bar, Mt Maunganui
Shit worth dRINKING
ROSE & SHAMROCK VILLAGE INN CNR NAPIER RD & PORTER DR, HAVELOCK NORTH
Ever wondered what it would be like to stpe inside an authentic Irish/English village pub? Well, look no further. Full to the brim and over the top with objects and collectables gathered from near and far, this pub has elegance, character and old world charm. It has been a huge part of village life.
THE FIDDLER IRISH BAR 71 VICTORIA ST WEST
This place brings together the very best of combining the best of New Zealand and Ireland. With NZ crafted boutique beers, crisp wines, and a selection of bottle beers. Live music on a nightly basis. Happy hours daily, live sports, pool table and even balcony.
Although the adage is that “anything that can go wrong will go wrong”, if you go to Murphy’s Law, chances are you’ll be alright. Their motto is “there’s no law against having the time of your life” and they hold true to this idea. There are plenty of free events to go around, including live entertainment, themed parties and Sky Sports viewings. They are located in the heart of Jackson Street, Petone, with true decor to the Irish theme. The building faces North, providing a fantastic (all day sun) outdoor imbibing area and plenty of free parking.
226 JACKSON ST, PETONE
ONE NIGHT STAND
shit worth Drinking
auckland GROOVE GULPS PONSONBY & other PONSONBY Bonita Bar
242 Ponsonby Road, 3765670 The Ponsonby local on the corner of Summer St, that brings the beauty of fine and inexpensive wines together with a real appreciation of tapas.
AGENTS & MERCHANTS
48 Customs St East, 309-5854 Seasonal lunch meals and latenight tapas served in a small cobblestone alleyway.
Cnr Ponsonby & Richmond Rds, 376-9929
1 Wellesley St West, 377-3142 Entertainment seven nights a week, with three big screens, pool table, competitions & prizes, quiz, karaoke and live music.
102 Quay Street Over 102 different beers from around NZ and the world.
2 Ponsonby Road Brazilian cuisine and bar mixed with classic & contemporary Brazilian music & culture.
71 Victoria St West A small, but perfectly formed, authentic Irish bar with some of Aucklands friendliest bar staff..
THE BRITOMART COUNTRY CLUB
31 Galway St, 303-2541 A garden bar in the middle of the city. Comes with a mini golf lawn, cocktail jugs and vinyl-only DJs.
6-10 Roukai Lane, 309-5854 Serves everything from singlemalt whisky to cans of Double Brown.
MEXICO Malt Bar
442 Richmond Road Grey Lynn A must have stop between Ponsonby and Kingsland, with Monteiths beers and great food.
128c Ponsonby Rd Open now. Bar*Cafe*Tapas*
THE PONSONBY (Belgian Beer Cafe)
1-3 St Mary’s Rd, 376-6092 A little piece of Europe in the heart of Ponsonby. The perfect spot to kick start the weekend.
106 Ponsonby Road, 376- 8663 19th Century bohemian pallor meets opium den chic.
23 Britomart Place, 366-1759 Drink in the eclectic front bar or settle into the cosy dining area to explore the short but compelling menu.
169 K’Rd, 307-0508 Celebrating 20 years on K’Rd. With intimate booths, live music, gourmet food, cocktails & organic tap beer.
372-376 Broadway, 522-4410 The Claddagh Irish Pub - A slice of Ireland in the heart of Newmarket.
305 Queen Street Enjoy a Supreme coffee and power up at our WIFI hotspot. A range of hot-pressed or old school doorstop sandwiches, serious salads, biscuits, tarts, cakes and an ultracheap Artists’ Pot of the Day.
Rakinos- Beats, Bar, Kitchen
26 Wyndham Street New York’s premier rock and roll bar has come to town.
103 Victoria St West, 300-6352 21st Birthdays, Hen/Stag Parties, Corporate Events, Dance Parties, CD Release Parties, Live Music.
463 New North Rd The newest port of call in Kingsland.... rustic and raring to serve this evolving part of town.
SHOOTER SALOON BAR
330 New North Rd Not your ‘typical central bar’ Their no bull policy means what you see is what you get.
VIADUCT VIADUCT SNAPDRAGON
204 Quay St, 357-6147 A blend of 1930s vintage glamour and West Hollywood lounge with a healthy shot of private gentlemen’s club.
VICTORIAPARK PARK VICTORIA SALE STREET
MTEDEN EDEN Mt DE POST
466 Mt Eden Rd, 630-9330 Your local in the heart of Mt. Eden with over 100 beers available and superb food.
CENTRAL& K’RD & Krd CENTRAL DING DONG LOUNGE
The Portland Public House
BRITOMART BRITOMART 27 Galway St, 551 3100 Nightclub upstairs. Cocktail lounge downstairs. Home to Auckland’s biggest club nights.
498 New North Rd, 846-3773 Nestled in the site of an old garage and engineering shop.
Level 1/35 High Street 358-3535 ‘The Joint since 91’
352 K’Rd, 365-1800 Open Tues-Sat
FIDDLER IRISH BAR
RACKET BAR IPANEMA BAR & RESTAURANT
BREW ON QUAY
126 Ponsonby Rd, 360-1260 Ponsonby’s longest serving bar with live music/DJ 7 nights. 2 for 1 happy hour & licensed to 5am.
FATHER TED’S ORIGINAL IRISH PUB
7 Sale St, 307-8148 A unique collection of spaces award-winning microbrewery, bistro dining, with a celebrated garden bar and very private Velvet Room!
LA ZEPPA KITCHEN & BAR
PARNELL PARNELL THE PADDINGTON
117 St Georges Bay Rd, 309-3586 A Parnell institution for sports events, craft beers and superb food with the recent addition of top-notch live gigs.
THE WINDSOR CASTLE
144 Parnell Rd, 356-3650 Established in 1847, one of Auckland’s earliest surviving hotels serves gastro pub food in a comfortable, unpretentious environment.
37 Drake St, 379-8167 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.
37 Drake St, 929-2790 This bar and eatery takes its cue from the Americas, but with an Antipodean twist.
THE OAKROOM 17 Drake, 300 6313
tours & events
Upcoming tours & events A$AP ROCKY (US)
FALL OUT BOY
Tue 25 Jun Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland
Wed 24 Apr Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Wed 24 Apr Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland
Fri 29 Mar The Powerstation, Auckland
MARGARET CHO (US)
Mon 29 Apr Skycity Theatre, Auckland
MICHAEL KIWANUKA (UK) Thu 04 Apr Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland Fri 05 Apr Old St Pauls, Wellington
AMANDA PALMER (US)
MICK HARVEY (AU)
AUCKLAND ARTS FESTIVAL 2013
Sat 28 Sep The Kings Arms, Auckland Mon 30 Sep San Fran Bath House, Wellington
Thu 21 Mar Mighty Mighty, Wellington Fri 22 Mar The Kings Arms, Auckland Sat 23 Mar Leigh Sawmill, Leigh
Fri 15 Mar Juice Bar, Auckland Sat 16 Mar Brewers Bar, Mt Maunganui
Tue 12 Mar - Sun 24 Mar Various Locations
MULATU ASTATKE (ET)
Sat 16 Mar The Powerstation, Auckland
FIVE DAYS OF HATE
Wed 13 Mar The Kings Arms, Auckland Thur 14 Mar Cabana, Napier Fri 15 Mar Bar Medusa, Wellington Sat 16 Mar Zeal, West Auckland Sun 17 Mar Void, Hamilton
FRANK TURNER (UK) BAYLEY’S GREAT CLASSICS SERIES: HEROIC CLASSICS Thu 04 Apr Town Hall, Auckland
BLACK SABBATH (UK)
Sat 20 Apr Vector Arena, Auckland Mon 22 Apr Vector Arena, Auckland
BONNIE RAITT (US)
Fri 05 Apr The NZ International Jazz & Blues Festival, Christchurch
The 14 Mar - Sun 24 Mar Various Locations, Dunedin
Wed 13 Mar Vector Arena, Auckland
SANTANA & STEVE MILLER BAND
Wed 13 Mar Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland
Sun 17 Mar AMI Stadium, Christchurch Tue 19 Mar Vector Arena, Auckland
GOD BOWS TO MATH
Fri 22 Mar Krazy Jacks, Tauranga Fri 05 Apr Darkroom, Christchurch Sat 06 Apr Chicks Hotel, Dunedin Fri 12 Apr Mighty Mighty, Wellington Sat 13 Apr Space Monster, Whanganui Sat 20 Apr Whammy Bar, Auckland
NZ INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL 2013
JACK DEE (UK)
THE NZ INTERNATIONAL JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL
JOAN ARMATRADING (UK)
JOAN JETT & THE DARKNESS
RUSSELL PETERS (CA)
Thu 21 Mar The Powerstation, Auckland
CATLINS RIVER FESTIVAL
Tue 19 Mar Skycity Theatre, Auckland
Thu 11 Apr Rising Sun, Auckland Fri 12 Apr Bodega, Wellington
FRED WESLEY (US)
Mon 22 Apr Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington Tue 23 Apr Civic Theatre, Auckland
CRISPIN HELLION GLOVER (US)
ROTTEN SOUND (FI)
Fri 12 Apr Skycity Theatre, Auckland
Wed 20 Mar Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington Thu 21 Mar Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland
Mon 25 Mar Civic Theatre, Auckland
Sat 23 Mar The Cloud, Auckland
Tue 09 Apr TSB Bank Arena, Wellington Thu 11 Apr Vector Arena, Auckland
FRANK WARREN (US)
Tue 26 Mar Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland
COUNTING CROWS (US)
THE NZ BEER FESTIVAL
ROBERT PLANT (UK)
Sat 16 Mar Town Hall, Wellington Sun 17 Mar Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland
THE JACKSONS (US)
Fri 29 Mar - Mon 01 Apr River Ridge Retreat, Purakaunui
Tue 19 Mar TSB Bank Arena, Wellington Thu 21 Mar Vector Arena, Auckland
Thu 14 Mar The Powerstation, Auckland
Sat 06 Apr The Kings Arms, Auckland Sun 07 Apr Bodega, Wellington
Wed 01 May Skycity Theatre, Auckland
BRYAN ADAMS (CA)
NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE
RITA ORA & DJ FRESH (UK)
Tue 09 Apr Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland
JOSH GROBAN (US)
Sat 13 Apr Vector Arena, Auckland
KILLING JOKE (UK)
Thu 13 Jun Studio, Auckland
KITTY, DAISY & LEWIS (UK)
Thu 04 Apr The Kings Arms, Auckland Sat 06 Apr Bodega, Wellington
26 Apr - 19 May Various Locations, Auckland & Wellington
Wed 03 Apr - Sun 07 Apr Various Locations, Christchurch
ONE DIRECTION (UK)
Thu 10 Oct CBS Canterbury Arena, Christchurch Sat 12 Oct Vector Arena, Auckland Sun 13 Oct Vector Arena, Auckland
PAUL KELLY (AU)
Wed 20 Mar Knox Church, Dunedin Thu 21 Mar The Bedford, Christchurch Fri 22 Mar Old St Paul’s, Wellington Sat 23 Mar Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland Sun 24 Mar Old St Paul’s, Wellington
THE PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (US)
Mon 18 Mar Studio, Auckland
RICKIE LEE JONES (US) Fri 15 Mar Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland
THE SCRIPT (IR)
Fri 12 Apr Vector Arena, Auckland
Tue 09 Apr The Powerstation, Auckland
TENACIOUS D (US)
Mon 20 May Town Hall, Auckland Tue 21 May Opera House, Wellington Wed 22 May The Bedford Marquee, Christchurch
TAJ MAHAL TRIO (US)
Mon 18 Mar The Powerstation, Auckland
TAMI NEILSON, DELANEY DAVIDSON & MARLON WILLIAMS
Sat 16 Mar Victoria Palace Theatre, Devonport Fri 22 Mar Geraldine Cinema, Geraldine Sat 23 Mar Wunderbar, Lyttelton Sun 24 Mar The Grain Store, Oamaru Wed 27 Mar The Wine Cellar, Auckland Thu 28 Mar Yot Club, Raglan Fri 29 Mar Artworks Theatre, Waiheke Sat 30 Mar Leigh Sawmill, Leigh
TOM GREEN (CA)
Wed 01 May Skycity Theatre, Auckland Sun 05 May Opera House, Wellington Mon 06 May Aurora Centre, Christchurch
tours & events
Upcoming tours & events Fri 05 Apr The Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland Sat 06 Apr San Fran Bath House, Wellington
THE VINTAGE DAY OUT
Sat 13 Apr Alexandra Park, Auckland
XAVIER RUDD (AU) TOOL (US)
WAYNE BRADY (US)
Wed 08 May Vector Arena, Auckland Thu 09 May Vector Arena, Auckland
TUBORG SOUNDS ON Sat 23 Mar The Oval, North Harbour Stadium, Auckland
Thu 14 Mar Brewers Bar, Tauranga Fri 15 Mar The Mayfair, New Plymouth Sat 16 Mar The Royal Hotel, Palmerston North Fri 22 Mar The Bedford, Christchurch Sat 23 Mar Refuel, Dunedin Thu 04 Apr Gravity Bar, Hamilton
WAIHEKE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL Fri 29 Mar - Sun 31 Mar Multiple Locations, Waiheke
THE WAYANS BROTHERS (US) Fri 03 May Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland
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CHUGGING ALONG NICELY MICHAEL CHUGG HAS EXPERIENCED ROCK ‘N’ ROLL AT IT ’S LOWEST AND HIGHEST. WE SPOKE TO THE VERY SUCCESSFUL PROMOTER ABOUT HIS CAREER BEFORE HIS SHOWS ROBERT PLANT, PAUL SIMON, SANTANA AND MORE JUMP THE DITCH TO KIWILAND IN THE UPCOMING WEEKS.
Usually, I’m on the end of a microphone, interviewing bands and acts that are touring, releasing new stuff or making some kind of splash. But it’s not often I actually get to talk to the ‘Man’, the guy that makes them, breaks them and puts them on that stage. In town to promote Santana, Steve Miller, Robert Plant, Paul Simon and others, my two-hour phone interview with this particular man was the possibly best business decision I ever made. Agent, manager, concert promoter Michael “Chuggie” Chugg has been promoting bands for nearly fifty years. He has been behind some of the biggest concert tours in Australasia, but he’s also a tireless promoter of Australian music to the rest of the world. Chugg began in Tasmania in the ‘60s, running dances and local bands. The first gig he organised was for his cycling club in Launceston, at the age of 15. “I just started working a furniture shop with the bass player in the top (local) band called The Dominos. I got them and another, The Chevrons, together at the local trades hall, we had a dance and made £80 for the club. I thought, ‘this is pretty good, I might do this a bit more,’ so, I started running dances and managing The Chevrons”. From there he saved his money up to help other locals get into the Melbourne music scene. Eventually he made the permanent move to Melbourne where he met up with future industry lawyer, co-promoter and long time friend, Michael Gudinski and another guy called Michael Browning (who went on to manage AC/DC). They formed an agency called Consolidated Rock. That later led to a move to Aussie’s big player Premiere Artists, working with stalwart Paul Dainty, and finally a split to create an independent agency promoting New Wave acts like Rick Ocasek, Elvis Costello and The Clash. That became the Frontier Touring Company. “And away we went. It’s now the biggest outfit in Australia, and since I’d left to start Chugg Entertainment, is the biggest pain in my ass!” Chugg’s brash audience harangues started out of necessity on stage in Auckland during Neil Young’s Rockin’ in the Free World tour. “Half way through the second song some clown threw a fifty cent piece and hit him right in the middle of his forehead. Neil went berserk, screaming and yelling. ‘I wanna see that guy! Get that guy!” So I walked out on staged and looked out and, believe it or not, I pinged the guy straight away. I said ‘you threw that coin didn’t you?’ Everybody took a pace back, security went in and took him back stage. Neil berated him for twenty minutes and then went back on stage. I can’t believe I went out into the crowd and saw that guy immediately! As if I was being guided. Anyway Neil signed a poster at the end of the tour ‘To the awesome Tasmanian Devil Chuggie!’ Sometimes Chugg was in the right place, at the right time. “Back in the 70’s I was managing a guy who used to be the lead singer of The Easybeats, Stevie when the Opera House had opened in Sydney. And he was huge at the time with a monstrous album called Hard Road. Anyway, this old roady friend said George Young (also from The Easybeats) had a younger brother with a band in the Western Suburbs called AC/DC. So I said let’s put them on together, keep it in the family because George and Harry [Vander] had written and produced Stevie’s record. So AC/
DC opened for Stevie Wright in the Sydney Opera House and that was their first ever concert! And then about four year’s late we took them to England and, let me tell you, it wasn’t cups of tea (in the greenroom) back then!” Alas, promoter Paul Browning scooped up their management, much to Chugg’s chagrin. . I asked Chugg about the excesses of touring, the riders, the drugs, the girls… His reply was interesting. “We used to say that if you made it to 30, you’d had a good life. But the tide was changing, although we and pretty much every promoter in the 70’s made it up as we went, standards were creeping in. The standout was ABBA… when they got off the plane there were masseuses, and trainers and doctors. But they were the odd band out then. Later on in the 80’s, I’ll never forget the first Bon Jovi Tour – mass hysteria outside the hotel rooms, like the Beatles days; craziness, and girls outside their hotel. They flew 12 ladies of the night up from Sydney and there were naked girls on roller blades all around the Mirage Hotel (Port Douglas). Two tours later, it was doctors and masseuses and psychiatrists and herbal teas and soothsayers. Everyone’s behaving like an athlete, even the manager’s in terry towel trackies. [Laughs]!” Finding acts to tour has changed a lot. No need for multi month overseas excursions in search of the tour potential. “Now you can record on your computer and put in on the Internet. We first found Florence + the Machine that way. We have kids who work for us searching out acts, like Of Monsters and Men, from Iceland, who was one of the headliners on our Laneway festival tour. I say to all the new bands that you can start your own trip now, just put it up on the web and someone will discover it. Live touring is where it’s at. It’s in the gigs and the merchandise.” Chugg’s very descriptive about the various ways bands are merging their music and sponsorship deals and very scathing about the poor support of new Aussie music in his own country, despite a 25% quota for radio play. “One of the reasons I left Frontier was because the bean counters were keen on me touring unknown bands. Well, one of those bands we lost $40,000 on was called Radiohead. Who ironically, don’t really get airplay, even now! Another time I’m on a ferry, after the Blur tour and their promoter says he’s got the biggest act of the 21st century. And I say ‘not that fat little guy from Take That?’ Well Robbie Williams didn’t do much chop first time but he was huge on his third tour - a quarter of a million people (in Australasia) saw him. I couldn’t believe what an amazing entertainer he was! Coldplay was the same, a shy little band, not looking at the audience, playing 200 seat venues. Then we just did that amazing tour [Viva la Vida] recently. That’s the game. Some do well and some won’t, and that’ll continue. But I suppose the real talent shines through and, at the end of the day, that’s what keeps you going!” WRITTEN BY TIM GRUAR MICHAEL CHUGG SEE TOURS AND EVENTS FOR ALL TOURS DATES
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Unitec’s Sounds In The Sun is the largest of the orientation events in all of New Zealand and this year the deluge of acts – including Tahuna Breaks, Nina McSweeney and dDub – are just some of the names joining the line-up. As much a celebration of the rituals that mark the beginning of the university year, Sounds In The Sun is also a celebration of some of New Zealand’s biggest names in music. This years’ event will also see the incorporation of a brand new Kids Day Out Zone, gearing it more toward family orientation. There will also be food stalls, market stalls and festival rides. Katchafire are one of the biggest names in New Zealand reggae. Their craft has been refined for their latest offering. Billed as a testament to organic Aotearoa reggae and charged with sensibility, the new album On The Road Again holds a flame to the fine balance of classic roots reggae completed with a flavour of R’n’B and funk. No strangers to success, their latest offering On The Road Again follows a double platinum debut, a platinum second album and a critically acclaimed 2007 release, Say What You’re Thinking. They are joined by Nina McSweeney. The songstress, known notably for her collaborations with Concord Dawn, has a history of performing as a vocalist and blues harmonica across national and international stages. Her debut album The Bitter Sea was co-produced by McSweeney herself and Brendon Kahi in only four days. The album has developed its own genre dubbed “creep folk” and has a collection of songs and stories that have a cinematic air of intrigue. Pieter T, whose debut album Life, Love and Lessons was voted best album on Flava FM in 2011, and the genre splitting Sola Rosa is also on this years’ bill. Tahuna Breaks and Weird Together round out the event with the former a seven piece energetic and raw live act and the latter the new studio and live project from Dick Johnson and Nick D. WRITTEN BY SEBASTIAN MACKAY SEE IT LIVE: SOUNDS IN THE SUN SAT 16 MAR UNITEC’S MT ALBERT CAMPUS, AUCKLAND
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THE ANNUAL ALL-ROUND, FEEL-GOOD FESTIVAL IS BACK AGAIN AND READY TO INTRODUCE YOU TO NEW EXPERIENCES. Late last year, I was treated to some fantastic Taranaki hospitality when the line-up for Womad 2013 (World of Music and Dance) was announced during a launch at parliament. Every year I’m both intrigued and delighted to learn who’s on the bill. The line-up is always guaranteed to include the known, the unknown and the ready-to-be-discovered. And it’s this last category that always leaves a lasting impression. Arts director Drew James’ mission is always to top the diversity and challenge of the previous year’s programme. A coup d’état is getting hold of three acts from Mali, a country that has actually banned all musical performance because of its social and political influence. Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba specialise in ngoni (an ancient West African lute). There’s desert blues from Vieux Farka Touré (son of Eric Clapton collaborator Ali Farka Touré) and then there’s Salif Keita – “The Golden Voice of Africa” – who returns with his sandpaper-and-honey voice to perform music of high drama and intimate compassion.
Of course, Womad is really more than a music festival – it’s more like a 360 degree feel good, speak good, hear good and even taste good experience. It’s probably one of the few festivals where you’ll intentionally forgo the picnic basket in favour of the amazing line up of ethnic food on offer. There’s even a cooking gig hosted by Jax, from MasterChef New Zealand and featuring performing artists doing their traditional dishes.
In a blast from the past, look out for Reggae man Jimmy Cliff, who will take the impossibly long journey from Jamaica to put on some good time sounds for us. Also in the mix is Cajun revivalist Anne Savoy. On the phone from the deep South, she told me about the US’s deep passion to rediscover it roots and history in the light of recent financial hardships.
After attending a few times, Womad is a permanent fixture on my family’s calendar because this festival is unlike any other. It’s age agnostic. Yyou can bring the kids and the teens and the olds. One aspect I’ve noticed over the years is the understated professionalism of the mostly volunteer crew (about 1000+) who go out of their way to make every experience unique and pleasurable.
“Americans are looking back on times that weren’t necessarily better but they were real. Our music is about having a real good time, but remembering your past, honouring your history.” Folkies Lau (which means fire) from the Orkney Islands in Northern Scotland also want to honour their past. “We play music that suits the beer drinking hours, which up here is after dark. But we’re looking forward to coming to a country with sunshine. We love the festival crowds – it’s where you get your knees up!” Local act Fly My Pretties, led by Barnaby Weir, will recreate their recent magic in a 90-minute show on the opening night; Aaron Tokona’s AHoribuzz will create funky mischief, Mara TK’s Electric Wire Hustle will amp up the stage and David Kilgour and his Heavy Eights, recently back from the USA will gently rock your world. Also worth supporting is Mihirangi, last seen on New Zealand’s Got Talent, killing the audience with her loop show; plus the Yoots are back and Welli Roots band Newtown Rock Steady will be in the house for some retro skank time. Led by the Nudge’s James Coyle, these boys were the highlight of the Newtown Festival this year and are guaranteed to appeal funk up the Womad nation this year.
One of the stars this year has to be South Africa’s Hugh Masekela. His trumpet gave a plaintive voice to black South Africa’s deep troubles during the apartheid years. His signature Afro-jazz sound remains poignant, rousing and inspirational even after more than half a century of performing. He’s galvanised anti-apartheid support, both domestically and on an international level, and playing tunes of defiance and hope, he’s opened the borders of jazz to include anything from kwela, African township jive and Afro-beat. If you’re going to choose only one night, then make it Friday and catch this man in his one and only performance!
This is not the place to get blotto either. There’s beer and wine and plenty of good time, but the peaceful atmosphere amongst the bush and in the Bowl, a natural amphitheatre, pretty much dissolves the agro quotient. Last year, I saw one solitary cop and he was dancing! For the young, there’s a specially marked out area in the zoo which is inside the festival venue, the Bowl of Brooklands, designated for play groups, craft making, animal tours organised games, etc. And on Sunday, the kids even get their own parade when everything stops for them! Older and differentlyabled people have special platforms so they don’t get crushed in the mosh pits. There’s even a special service for the deaf. Now I’m sure I’ve missed something. Well, you can check it all at Womad. co.nz. Gotta rush, camping spots in the racetrack adjacent to the festival are filling up and I don’t want to miss out. See ya there! WRITTEN BY TIM GRUAR SEE IT LIVE: WOMAD FRI 15 MAR - SUN 17 MAR TSB BOWL OF BROOKLANDS, NEW PLYMOUTH
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