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SUN 12 OCT VECTOR ARENA, AUCKLAND

SUREN AHA Suren Unka is set to release his debut album El Chupacabra this April. El Chupacabra features ten tracks in total – with eight new songs alongside previously released singles ‘Early’ (2011) and ‘Alice’ (2013). A single from El Chupacabra will be released before April. OUT MON 21 APR

AHBEZ GOLD Arthur Ahbez will be playing two shows this March in New Zealand, with further dates to be announced for May. After parting ways with his first band Welfare Mothers, Arthur started building sounds on his own. Arthur recently released his acid folk debut album, Gold. As a live band Arthur performs with a four-piece known as Superbird. Brothers Chanan and Rikihana Douglas are on drums and bass respectively. Anton Tennet is on organ and Thod Schmit plays percussion. And when he’s not away Michael Barnett is the band’s genius lead guitarist. 2014 will see Arthur tour New Zealand and there are promises of more material later in the year. SEE HIM LIVE: ARTHUR AHBEZ THU 27 MAR MAJOR TOM’S, MOUNT MAUNGANUI

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BRING SEXY BACK Justin Timberlake announced he will perform live in Auckland in October at Vector Arena. This marks JT’s first tour in six years, following the release of 2013’s albums The 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2. Tickets will go on sale Fri 21st March at 10am via Ticketmaster.

SAT 29 MAR GOLDEN DAWN, AUCKLAND

RIOT CREATOR Tyler The Creator was jailed for “inciting” a riot at the Austin-Bergstrom Airport in Texas and promptly paid the $25,000 bond hours before performing a show in Dallas at the House of Blues. “Police say the 23-year-old Los Angeles resident incited a large crowd of fans to push their way past venue employees controlling access to a Thursday unofficial day party that was already at full capacity. The act carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $4000 fine.

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Shit worth doing music THIS WEEK’S TEN MUST SEE MUSIC EVENTS IN NEW ZEALAND

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THU 20 MAR THU 20 MAR

BODEGA

CBS CANTERBURY ARENA

8PM, $40, UNDERTHERADAR.CO.NZ

CHRISTCHURCH

There will be no better venue in New Zealand to see the much-hyped Pokey Lafarge than Wellington’s ambient Bodega bar. Be transported to a forgotten past by this embodiment of Americana, his voice a relic representing old time swing and rag tag blues. Rub your eyes and keep reminding yourself you haven’t left the 21st Century.

5PM, $79 - 175, TICKETEK.CO.NZ

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POKEY LAFARGE

LIONEL RICHIE AND JOHN FARNHAM

Hello, is this the gig you’re looking for? Five-time Grammy winner Lionel Richie will be sparking a loved-up frenzy with his career spanning hits beginning with his early Motown days with the Commodores to his chart topping solosingles. Not to be missed.

WELLINGTON

GIG OF THE WEEK

FRI 21 MAR WED 19 MAR

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LOUIS BAKER

NINE INCH NAILS & QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE

SJD, THE BADS, MULHOLLAND

WELLINGTON

VECTOR ARENA

THE KINGS ARMS

9PM, $15 - 25, DASHTICKETS.CO.NZ

AUCKLAND

AUCKLAND

7PM, $105 - 125, TICKETMASTER.CO.NZ

8PM, $20, UNDERTHERADAR.CO.NZ

For fans there is very little that needs to be said about these two heavyweights. Trent Reznor, re-signed to a major label, will be using his baritone voice to shroud Vector Arena in industrial gloom. The toss of a coin will determine whether the ever-evolving Queens of the Stone Age or NIN start first.

Sean James Donnelly’s eclectic musical mix is perfectly suited to the King’s Arms, a venue many of the musicians performing on the night will be intimately familiar with. Constantly the critics’ darling, SJD is fresh from having won the Taite Music Prize for his most recent album Electric Wasteland.

Prepare to have your heart strings plucked by Louis Baker during his long awaited EP release tour. This performance in his local Wellington will be particularly poignant. The tenderness that his voice exudes draws similarities to Jeff Buckley. The songs are sad but always with a foundation of hope that leaves a smile on the listener’s face.

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TUE 25 MAR SAT 22 MAR

BILLY BRAGG

FRI 22 MAR

JOHN THE BAPTIST

THE POWERSTATION

THE NUDGE

MIGHTY MIGHTY

AUCKLAND

MIGHTY MIGHTY

WELLINGTON

8PM, $77,75, TICKETMASTER.CO.NZ

WELLINGTON

9PM, $10

Iconic folk activist, Billy Bragg, is never far away from our shores, filtering the freewheeling spirit of Woody Guthrie though the eyes of an East-Londoner. Left wing politics and romantic urges go hand in hand with Bragg as he heads here on a full band tour. His new album brings out Bragg’s personal side and received rave reviews.

Join The Nudge for a hometown show at Mighty Mighty. The gem of a bar will be closing at the end of May so any opportunity to party hearty there should be seized. The Nudge play a psychedelic amalgamation of stoned out guitar licks and free jamming that will take the listener on a journey to higher places.

Plunge into a pool of folk revelry and have the sins of the weekend washed away for the very last time. Wellingtonian gig goers will have to find a new outlet for their garage-folk needs as the band plan to turn off the lights for good. Mighty Mighty will provide the perfect send off, so get there!

SAT 22 MAR

PHOENIX FEST

FRI 22 MAR SUN 23 MAR

NIXON PARK

TAMI NEILSON

AUCKLAND

MARTHA DAVIS AND MOTEL

WUNDERBAR

12PM - 6PM

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LYTTLETON

Phoenix Drinks are promoting a healthier better Aotearoa by putting on what looks like the funkiest free festival Auckland has seen for a long while. DJs and bands will be pumping throughout, blending the best of jazz and funk. The Opensouls are reforming for the event to play both of their acclaimed albums.

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Christchurch’s bohemian heart, Lyttleton, is bouncing back nicely and no place epitomises this better than Wunderbar, one of the stranger bars in New Zealand. Performing there is Tami Neilson whose soulful voice winds out country epics that are receiving critical acclaim. Her latest album is grounded in Lyttleton where the local country music scene is taking off.

8PM, $61 - 161, TICKETS.NZTIX.CO.NZ

Blasting out of the past comes Martha Davis and The Motels. Their bittersweet anthem ‘Only The Lonely’ is sure to have a special place in a lot of peoples hearts. Her arrival comes after a long wait, having postponed her original date in October. Get ready for an emotional rollercoaster from one of the 80s’ finest.

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THE BEST IN TV AND FILM THIS WEEK

FRI 21 MAR

WHEN BJÖRK MET ATTENBOROUGH ARTS CHANNEL, 9.20PM

One is considered the greatest living British icon renowned for a voice so soothing it could put an insomniac to sleep, the other is an avant garde singer recently given an island by her native Iceland as a thank-you. Both artists’ work is steeped in an appreciation for the natural world, watch as they compare ideas.

THU 20 MAR

DAVID BLAINE: REAL OR MAGIC

SUN 23 MAR

PRIME, 9.30PM

100 YEN: THE JAPANESE ARCADE EXPERIENCE

This one off 90-minute special features street magician and endurance artist David Blaine. Blaine has made his name as a seriously mind boggling trickster and this show adds to the thrill by letting you see him freak out Hollywood’s elite, watch Harrison Ford tell Blaine to ‘get the F- out of my house’, after a seriously crazy trick.

ARTS CHANNEL, 7.30PM

The Arts Channel is on top form at the moment showcasing this documentary following the evolution of arcade culture. Journey through the surreal mega-arcades of downtown Tokyo, a nerd’s Las Vegas where not only are videogame arcades still relevant but they have gone beyond light entertainment into an entire way of life.

SUN 23 MAR SAT 22 MAR

LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN: ROBERT PLANT

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The Led Zeppelin singer plays on a strange snowy day in Nashville, inside the War Memorial Auditorium, with his new group The Band of Joy. Switching between his classic and new material Plant’s voice has lost none of its original menace. A great opportunity to watch rock royalty in a setting totally out of place.

TV2, 4.30PM

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This is the place where it all began for fans of Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen, watch as the two actresses both play the character of Michelle Tanner in the classic sit-com about the difficulty of a single dad raising three girls. TV2, in a fit of nostalgia have decided to bring this one back to our airwaves.


FILM OF THE WEEK

THU 20 MAR

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NEED FOR SPEED Attempting to modify and customise the racing genre made famous by the Fast and Furious franchise, the adaptation of the popular EA game shines like a new toy, but as the race starts it becomes apparent that the same engine lies under the hood. Absent of narrative, screenwriter George Gatins has crafted a vapid story of betrayal, loss and revenge around high-speed pursuits and over-the-top luxury car cross-country races. Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul shows off his signature snarl as blue-collar mechanic Tobey Marshall, a good guy with a mountain of debt. Given an offer he can’t refuse from slimeball rich kid Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), things go from bad to worse and Tobey ends up in jail. Determined to clear his name, he embarks on a race against time to reclaim his honour. Need for Speed doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it does stay true to the core elements that fans will know and love about the original games. Unlike Fast & Furious, where tin can-

sounding Japanese imports are stock on the starting line, a tendency towards luxury brands and multi-million dollar supercars means the action stakes are higher - and more exciting - as these pieces of engineering brilliance are thrown end over end down numerous American highways. Paul’s acting leaves little to be desired as he grunts out sentimentalities, while Cooper falls easily into his bad-boy stereotype. British up-and-comer Imogen Poots tries to steer the narrative in a more heartfelt direction (and fails), while Fifty Shades of Grey actress Dakota Johnson provides unwanted narrative fodder. But hey, that’s not why we’re here and with deathdefying stunts aplenty, all shot with limited CGI, there’s something to keep the car enthusiast within hooked to the screen. LAURA WEASER

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Shit worth doing culture

THIS WEEK’S FIVE MUST SEE CULTURAL EVENTS IN NEW ZEALAND

SAT 22 MAR

MISS BURLESQUE NZ 2014 WELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL WELLINGTON R18, 7PM - 11PM, $35 - 120, EVENTFINDA.CO.NZ

SAT 22 MAR - SUN 23 MAR

CAFFEINATION SHED 6 WELLINGTON 9.30PM

FRI 21 MAR

FESTIVAL OF CULTURES THE SQUARE PALMERSTON NORTH 6PM

To celebrate the beginning of this year’s Festival of Cultures, there will be a parade in Palmerston North’s The Square. There will be plenty of food stalls and performances including Bossa Legal who will be pumping Bossa Nova grooves. Come see the giant lanterns and bring your own. There are lantern-making workshops, helping promote community spirit.

What better way to show your love for New Zealand’s favourite beverage than by attending the NZ Coffee Festival? It’s free and offers a place to jitter along with your fellow caffeine-addicts. Sip your espresso while sneering at foam drinking non-purists. Learn more about the coffee you consume and improve your coffee making skills.

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Watch the battle of the burlesque as voluptuous contestants compete for the title of Miss Burlesque. The event will be supplied with drool inspiring cocktails. There will be a Mr Burlesque competition as well, just so the guys don’t feel left out. See if reigning champions Sina King and Mo Cachino can hold on to their titles.

THU 20 MAR

WEED DATING

2014 RAW COMEDY QUEST

RAHUI-KAHIKA RESERVE

SAN FRAN BATH HOUSE

AUCKLAND

WELLINGTON

4PM - 6PM

8PM, $15, EVENTFINDA.CO.NZ

Before jumping to conclusions, this event is about plucking pesky weeds from the ground, not that type of weed. West Auckland is celebrating its natural beauty this month with a variety of events, none more interesting than ‘Weed Dating’ in the Waitakere. Come Mix work with pleasure as you help beautify paradise, with an eye-out for Mr/Ms Right.

There are plenty of funny-guys living in this fine nation. However, there can only be one Number One. The San Fran Bath House hosts the Wellington finals, with the winner being flown to the finals in Auckland. Each contestant has six minutes to tickle the audience’s fancy. Watch as some succeed and others crumble!


Artist Q&A string of seven-year-olds lumbered through an overly complicated dance routine. The most interesting job I ever had was alphabetizing a sex library. It was very educational; the job took three times longer than it should have.

LIPS

Which song do you wish you wrote? “I Can’t Make You Love Me”, sung by Bonnie Raitt.

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Your house is on fire, what do yousave? Gag. I suppose I’d save people. I would save my boyfriend first and then if I had time I would save the new neighbours upstairs but I only really know one of them so I’d save her first. Favourite ‘90s TV show? Freaks and Geeks! Dream job as a kid? I wanted to write the music for Disney films. I still kinda do. If you weren’t a musician, what would you be?
 My plan B was to write ads cos I love bad puns. Ultimate festival line-up? Prince. Also it’s not a festival. Also we’re friends. Who would play you in a film? Oprah, cos she’s really emotional. Todd Emerson from Daffodils said that her real name is actually Orpah. How do you discover new music? I have a complex system that involves a few specific blogs, social media recommendations, and occasionally radio but radio in the States is not good. Worst job you’ve had? The worst was playing piano for a children’s theatre company. I had to play ‘Food Glorious Food’ for two hours straight while a

Biggest fear? I have ridiculous fears. In Daffodils I was terrified that the giant speaker hanging above my head was going to fall on me. I was convinced I would be the next Curtis Mayfield. I can’t stand flying. I hate stick insects, they’re so spindly and manipulative the way they creep up on to you pretending to be a harmless stick. And THEN! First gig in attendance? The Topp Twins at Devonport Fair. Mum made me go get their autograph, I was SO embarrassed. The first big gig that I’m super happy I went to was Michael Jackson at Mt Smart, at age 11. We were way down the back. The organizers sold periscopes and that was the only way I stood even a chance at seeing the giant screens. Any vices? Like those corny English period shows, like Downton Abbey, and I just finished the first season of Call the Midwife. Everyone else in our house thinks they’re lame. I tried tricking Fen into watching Call the Midwife with me by renaming it “Telephone the Average Spouse” but he saw right through this clever ruse. Also, crack. SEE HER PERFORM: LIPS IN DAFFODILS TUE 18 MAR - SAT 29 MAR Q THEATRE, AUCKLAND

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Favourite drink? Freshly squeezed orange juice. Favourite restaurant? Orphan’s Kitchen. Favourite takeaway? Best Ugly Bagels. Favourite classic film? Grown Ups 2. Favourite childhood memory? Trying to make my little sister spit her food out with laughter. Favourite party food? Anything with cheese. Favourite vice? Napping. Favourite song? ‘Naive Melody’ - Talking Heads. Favourite meal? Anything involving mushrooms or salmon.  Favourite cause? Getting those whales out of SeaWorld. Favourite label to put on your relationship? We’re working on it. Favourite ‘90s TV show? The Simpsons.

Favourite album? Midnight Marauders - A Tribe Called Quest. Favourite type of groupie? The type that exists? Favourite body part on you? My middle left finger. Favourite body part on someone else? Thumbs. There are some interesting thumbs out there.

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Favourite lyric? The last line from Bob Dylan’s ‘Positively 4th Street’ is a boomer. “Yes, I wish that for just one time, you could stand inside my shoes/You’d know what a drag it is to see you.” Favourite candy bar? Twirl. It’s like a Luxury Flake but for half the bloody price and with two sticks! Favourite current TV show? Not really a TV show but Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee webseries is a good time.

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THE LUCKY TACO

EMERSONS BREWERY

230 PONSONBY RD

14 WICKLIFFE ST

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This nomadic food truck offers enough to get hungry Aucklanders excited. Usually on Ponsonby Road, they have a schedule that allows you to track the trucks movement. The Lucky Taco is the brainchild of artist Otis Frizzell and his wife Sarah. The concept retains a remarkably homely style, as if it was a hobby that morphed into a bread-earner over night. The menu changes frequently and when they’ve sold out, they close up shop for the day. Auckland is lucky to have such an authentic taqueria, with a range of chilli sauces designed to zest up your meal or knock your socks off.

New Zealand sure has upped its game on the craft beer front in recent times and these guys have been onto it from the start. Emerson’s beers blend the best of Europe with the essentials of New Zealand, using imported malts with premium NZ hops. The key word in their philosophy and brewing process is ‘natural’ and they are committed to creating full and fresh flavours good enough to rank them as among the world’s very best. Emerson’s retains the charm and personality of a small brewery whilst expanding to meet the surge in demand as people open their eyes and lips to these delicious beers.

KIWIBERRY

THE THAI KITCHEN

THE RESIDENCE

BREW ON QUAY

84 THE SQUARE, THE PLAZA

239 COLOMBO ST

120 COURTENAY PLC

102 QUAY ST

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WELLINGTON

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The original frozen yoghurt shop in NZ, they have pioneered the DIY approach. Customers design how they want their yoghurt to taste and what toppings to include. Stores have spread like wildfire across New Zealand but KiwiBerri pride themselves on being the innovator. They outshine their competitors.

Confidently claims to be the best Thai in town and judging by the rave reviews, they could well be right. Authentic flavours come from the Thai chefs who work hard to make this little hole-in-the-wall a cult favourite for hungry Cantabrians. Food comas will ensue with the size of their generous portions.

If you like a bit of selection when it comes to your tap beers, The Residence on Courtenay Place is your new go-to spot. Functioning as a restaurant serving brunch, lunch and dinner as well as a late night venue, open until 5am! Get there during happy hour to truly enjoy the 12 beers and ciders on tap.

Brew On Quay usually goes off. Tucked into such a key location there’s bound to be something on that’ll pack out the bar. Each room has its own unique atmosphere, appealing to every type of brew consumer. The bar delivers with fine food and an array of beers from around the world.

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AUCKLAND BARS AND EATERIES ATICO COCINA

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19 DRAKE ST FREEMANS BAY, 354-4030

368 QUEEN ST, 222 2800

305 QUEEN ST 282-3895

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Inspired Caribbean food and cocktails in the old stables & roof terrace of the Vic Park Market.

Belgium hot chocolates, coffees and offer a range of beautiful cakes (gluten free available), and organic drinks.

Auckland’s only performing arts venue offering a full breakfast menu and delicious coffee to start your day. Range of lunch options, wine list and a modern selection of tapas, pizzas, platters and dinner options.

This small, sleek and super cool pad is the place for your next function - come check us out!

BIG J’S 1 MELTON ROAD, 579-0340

Big J’s - gourmet burgers rated no.1 by Concrete Playground and The Corporate Lunch Box websites. Home of Auckland’s best burgers.

THE WINDSOR CASTLE 144 PARNELL RD 356-3650

MALT BAR

Established in 1847, one of Auckland’s earliest surviving hotels serves gastro pub food in a comfortable, unpretentious environment.

442 RICHMOND RD

A must have stop between Ponsonby and Kingsland, with Monteiths beers and great food.

THE PADDINGTON 102 QUAY ST

Over 102 different beers from around NZ and the world.

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.

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DING DONG LOUNGE 26 WYNDHAM ST

New York’s premier rock and roll bar has come to town.

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Titanfall is fast, man, fast. It’s fast and I keep dying. You’re dropped God knows where, with only the vague semblance of an explanation. All you know is that you have people to kill and they are trying to kill you. And you can fly, sort of. Titanfall is stunning to look at. The maps are large and confusing enough that you can fool yourself into thinking it might just be an open world game. When you do get familiar with the maze of corridors and buildings, you suddenly remember that you’re wearing a jump-jetpack and can zip about on rooftops and walls. At this stage a bullet is usually fired from one of these rooftops, ending your current life. From high up on the rooftops you can see the Titans as well. It is actually awe-inspiring the first time you see one of these giant robots striding along a street, accompanied by other pilots and grunts running cover along the roofs. You see it and aspire to get one of your own. Nothing is more satisfying than hearing, “Your Titan is ready to drop.” Each of the three different types of Titan have different attributes: one is fast and carries more rockets, one is the wellbalanced version and the other is all armour and nukes when you eject. Ejecting is important. While you’ve got one eye on your target, you have to keep one eye on your armour level. These big dogs aren’t indestructible. Even with your gargantuan metallic buddy, you will die a lot, man. A lot. In combat, remember your grenades; remember that your cloaking device is only good against Titans; remember that your Titan has shields that can catch then return anything shot at you. Stay in groups: teams work better in Titanfall than anything else I’ve seen. Pilots need to concentrate on killing Titans, and Titans need to travel in pairs to be truly safe. Get your team’s back. Titanfall is just so full of things. The world is beautiful and detailed, the maps are detailed and confusing, the giant robots have plenty of places to hide. Take your time to drink it all in as the bullets zing around and into you. HADYN GREEN

MGS5: GROUND ZEROES DELAYED IN AUS AND NZ Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will release in Australia and New Zealand on March 27, a week later than originally planned. The game was due to release on Thursday 20 March, the same date as the Japanese and European release, but local retailers listings for all four platforms it is coming to (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360), show the Thursday 27 March date. We reached out to the publisher, Konami, for comment, who confirmed the delay. Though no reason for the delay was given, there are reports that it is due to the Xbox One version not arriving in Australia on time. Rather than have the game come out later on that platform than on the others, Konami allegedly opted to delay the game’s release entirely.

DRIVECLUB GOES “BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD” DriveClub, an upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive racing game developed by Evolution Studios, has gone “back to the drawing board” according to PlayStation software product development head Scott Rhode. DriveClub was originally scheduled to release as a launch title for the PlayStation 4 last year, but was delayed in October with no new release date unveiled. Speaking to IGN, Rhodes has reiterated Sony’s desire not to release the game before it’s ready. “What I will say is that it all comes back to that fundamental principle, and that’s that we want to build great games,” he said. “And we really don’t want to release a game before it’s ready.” When it does release, a PlayStation Plus version of DriveClub with fewer cars and tracks will be added to Sony’s Instant Game Collection, with the option of paying to upgrade to the full version.

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Sebadoh Sebadoh, a lo-fi indie band from the US who have been around for about 27 years, have a soothing, capable sound. You know that when listening you are in the hands of professionals, without losing any of the three-piece tradition. In preparation for Sebadoh’s upcoming tour in New Zealand, I got the chance to talk to lead singer Lou Barlow about the band. Firstly, what does Sebadoh mean? It’s a nonsense word I came up with while recording my first attempts at songs, which were more like tape collages. I repeated the word ‘sebadoh’ over a distorted guitar and tape glitches…then I forced it on Eric and Jason as the name of our band. You’ve been around for about 27 years, how do you keep coming up with new material? Do you find that your sound has changed significantly over that time? Over time we became more of a live band, so the main focus is touring. The early records had a lot of fourtrack trickery going on… the band is a simple three-piece and has always been a simple three-piece so honestly I’m not sure how much we could change over the years. Our new songs fit nicely with the old songs in my opinion, and I think the formula is perfect: write songs for a three-piece band, play them live, repeat. Congratulations on getting number one on the “New Alternative Artists” billboard last year! Have you noticed a change in your fan base since that milestone? God no, it’s exactly the same. We are indie rock survivors who play to indie rock survivors. It’s fair to say that charts like that mean almost nothing in terms of real-life perception of the

driving, selling our records, planning the next day. Driving is actually excellent chill out time − we enter a very satisfying quiet place because we’ve done it for most of our lives. Each tour is an opportunity to perfect the process. Each of us has our obsessions. With me, it’s trying to stay in touch with my family at home and avoiding hangovers.

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band or popularity. There’s been a 14 year gap between your last album and this one. Is there any particular reason for this? We waited for the right conditions: solid line-up, a place to record for free, the necessary gear at our disposal. All that happened in the last year or so, so we went for it. Before that, the line-up wasn’t particularly solid and once we did get some momentum it was crucial to first learn the old songs. When you came to New Zealand last time, was there anything new or unexpected that you remember finding here? Anything you’re looking forward to doing/seeing/ eating on your return? New Zealand is beautiful, for one. On my last multi-city tour there, back in 2002 or so, I drove into the mountains. I’m enamoured with the scenery. It also has a unique indie-centric musical tradition that I have a lot of respect for. It’s a special place, y’know, and I’m glad I get to go back. What would you say was your favourite song that Sebadoh has released and why? Right now it’s ‘All Kinds’ from an EP we did recently. It’s short, I play bass and sing on it which makes it different than my other Sebadoh songs. I like Jason’s guitar playing on it. The song references a Mission of Burma song [‘Academy Fight Song’]. It was written quickly, came together quickly, and makes me wish I could be trapped in a studio for a month with Jake and Bob and make a little masterpiece for ourselves.

Would you say the place where you grew up has influenced your music in any way? I grew up in an area if the US that has an incredible amount of colleges. Most of the colleges had radio stations, and most of them played underground and obscure music. I had new music: punk pock, post punk, new wave, hardcore, industrial music and college rock (which is also referred to as alternative pop/indie rock), at my fingertips. It broadened my horizons and blew my mind continually. It definitely influenced my mission to play music that incorporated a lot of conflicting styles and emotions and was, at first, more aggressive and experimental. I was exposed to a huge variety of bands. I first heard Joy Division, Gang of Four when they were still current functioning bands. I mail ordered music I liked. It was amazing. Did you grow up with music or a musical family, or did you branch into it yourself? I’m the only professional musician in my immediate and extended family. If you weren’t a musician, what do you think you’d be doing now? Probably a nurse. I can’t imagine I’d have had the focus to be a doctor but healthcare is my other calling. Lastly… If you could be any animal (real or imaginary), what would you be? A Chihuahua. They are smart, live long lives and are generally well taken care of. Thanks to Lou for his detailed answers, my interest in the band is now piqued. Sebadoh are heading to NZ for the first time in nearly 20 years for four shows. TIFFANY ALLEN

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wings off cupid-angels? “No,” she chortles, “for a lot of writers, we do that because we’re purging, ridding ourselves of our demons. I describe it thus: on a rainy day it’s very easy to sit down and write your brains out but on a sunny day when you’re in love, then you’re not sittin’ down writing. You’re just not! So when people meet me they think I’m a goofball, which I am, not some sullen, sad suicidal waif. It’s the perfect relationship. People pay for a psychiatrist. I get paid to analyse myself! Music has been my God-sent therapy, ever since I was eight years old hiding away in my room when the family got a little crazy. But life is peaceful now, is it not?” Davis owns a small farm in Oregon. “I’m missing my ol’ donkey though. And I just parted company with Farmer Gord, who was leasin’ some of land to raise his stock. He was the look, you know: Long beard, dungarees, plaid shirt and straw hat. Yes, quite different from the city girl I was before.”

in Chinatown and finally radio airtime in LA scored them demo time in the studio but it still took years before they could put out satisfying content. In was ten years of line up changes, failed recording contracts and releases before Mother’s Day 1979, when the Motels finally released their long-sweated self-titled debut album. The first single ‘Closets and Bullets’ dived but the second, ‘Total Control’, hit the mark. It found its way into top 20’s around the world. A quick Google search will tell you that it still lives on as the theme music of many movies, TV shows and adverts. “Yeah, wish the royalties matched that haunting,” Davis quips. The Motels were one of those bands that could have been bigger. Like Berlin, they peaked after a few hits and then continued with a diminished but fiercely loyal fan base. Continuing the momentum was hard at times. The band’s second album garnered mild attention but it was their third, All Four One that finally struck pay dirt with the release of the massive airplay single ‘Only the Lonely’. “That album almost didn’t happen. Val [Garay, producer] made our original third (Apocalypso). Capitol thought it was too weird, said it wouldn’t sell. That’s heartbreaking, when you’ve done all that work.” That caused more splits in the band but the remainder soldiered on to finally kick out All Four One. After the haze settled, more divisions occurred. The band never hit those dizzy heights again. “But who wants to return to the 80s - my shoulder pads got stuck in the doorway!” Still Davis continued to hold the fort. Since their big albums, she’s produced an additional four albums under the Motels name and four under her own, including a children’s collection. And her music still resonates with her crowd. “I have one fan that nearly comes to all the shows. The other day I was at a real backwater and she pops up,” says Davis, laughing as she describes Mel in Flight of the Conchords. “Oh yes, I have those people. But, you know, that’s partly why I keep doing it. For them.” TIM GRUAR

The Motels have been around way longer than their best singles, having formed in Berkley as quartet in 1971 under the name The Warfield Foxes. Gigs at The Whisky a Go-Go, the Roxy, a house residency at Madame Wong’s

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MAMMA MIA! THE STAGE MUSICAL Civic Theatre Auckland

KIRSTEN TAYLOR, ROLAND BROWN, SCOTT J MASON & CALLUM GENTLEMAN - FOLK FORTNIGHT

THE AUTUMN NIGHT SKY - PLANETARIUM SHOW

Wine Cellar

LITTLE BARK + BAND

8PM, Stardome

MON 24 HARBOURVIEW SCULPTURE TRAIL 2014

9:30PM, Leigh Sawmill

10AM, Harbourview Peoples Park

NEWMARKET CATWALK ON THE STREET

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NIGHT OF LEGENDS 8:30PM, Rising Sun

PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE AUSA SUMMER SHAKESPEARE 7:30PM, Old Arts Plaza, The University of Auckland

STORMPORTER LAUNCH/RELEASE SHOW W/ SPECIAL GUESTS, THE MAP ROOM AND EZRA VINE

8PM, Stardome

THE CONVENT & WY

9PM, Ponsonby Social Club

9PM, The Kings Arms, $25

7PM, Cosh

8PM, The Classic Comedy Club

10:30PM, The Classic Comedy Club

SHIBUYA LOVE CLUB

GRIND

HOT AIR - CLIMATE COMEDY NIGHT

THE AUTUMN NIGHT SKY - PLANETARIUM SHOW

SJD, THE BADS, MULHOLLAND THE AUTUMN NIGHT SKY - PLANETARIUM SHOW

10AM, Harbourview Peoples Park

CLASSIC LATE & LIVE COMEDY

8PM, Fukuko

ANGELS IN AMERICA 7PM, Q Theatre

BILLY BRAGG WITH BOND STREET BRIDGE 8PM, The Powerstation

DAFFODILS 7:30PM, Q Theatre

HARBOURVIEW SCULPTURE TRAIL 2014 10AM, Harbourview Peoples Park

LED ZEPPELIN & PINK FLOYD ‘DARK SIDE OF THE MOON’ DOUBLE FEATURE

8PM, Nectar Bar, $10

Stardome

TE WAIWAIA TRADITIONAL MAORI HEALING PROGRAM 2014

SPECTRUM Aotea Centre

Kawai Purapura

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WELLINGTON GIG GUIDE WED 19 HAULT, THE JOINT CHIEFS, STRETCH TO MOULD 8:45PM, Valhalla, $5

THE MEDICINE STAND UP COMEDY 8PM, The Cavern Club

THEE WEDNESDAY NIGHT FREE-SHOW: WHATS COOKING WITH DAIF 9:30PM, Mighty Mighty

THU 20 3RD THURSDAY FEATURING... 7PM, Museum Of Wellington City & Sea

BILL HALEY JR & THE COMETS Opera House Wellington

2014 RAW COMEDY QUEST 8PM, San Francisco Bath House

JONATHAN CRAYFORD BIGGISH BAND

DJ SHADOW DUBAI 10PM, Bodega, $25

ERICA FREAS 9PM, Bodega (Burgundy Room)

THE NUDGE 10:30PM, Mighty Mighty, $10

SAT 22 ARO VALLEY FAIR Aro Park

DAMIEN DEMPSEY IRELAND 7:30PM, The San Francisco Bath House, $40

EMERGENCE PRESENTS ADVANCED HUMAN 10PM, Rush Bar, $20

JOHN THE BAPTIST: FAREWELL!

1931 HAWKE’S BAY EARTHQUAKE

10AM, MTG Hawke’s Bay, Napier

10AM, MTG Hawke’s Bay, Napier

BILL HALEY JR & THE COMETS

BILL HALEY JR & THE COMETS

Trafalgar Centre, Nelson

Regent On Broadway Palmerston North, Palmerston North

SMITHER! 10AM, Waikato Museum, Hamilton

8PM, Bodega

MISTY MOUNTAIN HOP MUSIC FESTIVAL Wainui Camp

2PM, Colonial Cottage Museum

MON 24 RAW MEAT COMEDY 8PM, The Fringe Bar

BUMP

SMITHER!

THU 20

10AM, Waikato Museum, Hamilton

1931 HAWKE’S BAY EARTHQUAKE

MON 24

10AM, MTG Hawke’s Bay, Napier

1931 HAWKE’S BAY EARTHQUAKE

ERICA FREAS (OF RVIVR)

SMITHER!

MUSIC AT HOME: AMIRIA GRENELL

FRI 21

1931 HAWKE’S BAY EARTHQUAKE

MARTHA DAVIS & THE MOTELS

POKEY LAFARGE

7PM, TSB Bank Arena

SUN 23

8:30PM, The Royal, Palmerston North

SUN 23

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE & NINE INCH NAILS

WED 19

10:30PM, Mighty Mighty, $10

9:30PM, Mighty Mighty, $10 8PM, Bodega

REGIONAL GIG GUIDE

10AM, Waikato Museum, Hamilton

SONGS IN THE KEY OF MOTOWN Regent On Broadway Palmerston North, Palmerston North

THE CORAL SHOW 8PM, Biddy Mulligan’s Irish Pub, Hamilton

FRI 21

10AM, MTG Hawke’s Bay, Napier

SMITHER! 10AM, Waikato Museum, Hamilton

TUE 25 1931 HAWKE’S BAY EARTHQUAKE 10AM, MTG Hawke’s Bay, Napier

BILL HALEY JR & THE COMETS TSB Theatre, New Plymouth

SMITHER! 10AM, Waikato Museum, Hamilton

1931 HAWKE’S BAY EARTHQUAKE 10AM, MTG Hawke’s Bay, Napier

Fast Eddies Pool Hall

SMITHER!

CHRISTCHURCH GIG GUIDE THU 20

SAT 22

SAT 22

CITY UNDERGROUND PRESENTS DIZZ1 (TRU THOUGHTS)

EMPRISE PRESENTS @PEACE WITH RAIZA BIZA, DOPRAH, KXVGXN, HAAN808, AND KAMANDI

1931 HAWKE’S BAY EARTHQUAKE

8PM, Dux Live

FRENCH FOR RABBITS ‘MARCH RESIDENCY’ 9PM, darkroom

LIONEL RICHIE AND JOHN FARNHAM 7PM, CBS Canterbury Arena

FRI 21 TAMI NEILSON’S DYNAMITE! ALBUM RELEASE TOUR 9PM, Wunderbar, $20

8PM, Dux Live

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10AM, MTG Hawke’s Bay, Napier

BILL HALEY JR & THE COMETS

7PM, CBS Canterbury Arena

Hawkes Bay Opera House, Hawkes Bay

TAMI NEILSON’S DYNAMITE! ALBUM RELEASE TOUR

LOUIS BAKER - EP TOUR

9PM, Wunderbar, $20

SUN 23 RAW STAND UP COMEDY COMPETITION - FINALS 7:30PM, The Twisted Hop

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10AM, Waikato Museum, Hamilton

4th Wall Theatre, New Plymouth

SMITHER! 10AM, Waikato Museum, Hamilton

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Alien Soundtracks Hands up who remembers the band Figrin D’an and The Modal Nodes! Of course you know what I’m talking about: the group of hairless alien musicians, also known as the Cantina Band, who appeared in the bar scene in the original 1977 Star Wars movie. When I first saw this strange scene of an alien group playing music that to my ears sounded as alien as they looked (although I later found out that it was written by film composer John Williams in a “sort of” sleazy 1940s jazz style), it really got me thinking about what music might sound like in the future. Things change faster than we think they do. Back in 1977, when Star Wars first wowed audiences the world over and changed the movie industry overnight into a competition to make the biggest blockbusters, we lived in what would now be viewed as primitive times. We still played music on vinyl LP records or cassette tapes or formats that hardly anyone remembers like 8-track tape cartridges. We grew our hair long and tall and wore tightat-the-crotch ‘bell-bottom’ trousers and probably only bathed once or twice a week. ‘Brazilians’ were sexy foreigners, not naughty ‘haircuts’, every cool male read Playboy “for the stories”,

and cars with fuel injection and automatic gears were still a mad novelty.

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But we were talking about the future, not the past. If we can get from finding a way to use electricity to the invention of phones and the phonograph all the way to the smartphone in just a bit more than a hundred years, what can we expect from the future, especially from music? GARY STEEL

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“It brings back connotations from when that song was written and what it’s about.” Without his band members and the bond that they share, Boland confesses that living out those moments night after night wouldn’t be as easy.

Kodaline By the end of this year, four Irishmen from Dublin will have travelled the world twice. They released their debut album less than a year ago and a year before that they released their first EP. In one year they’ve seen more of the world faster than any of them had imagined. All off the back of 11 songs.

Boland calls “the monster” and his life and love. It’s rivalled only by the video for ‘High Hopes’, an equally heartwrenching tale of love and loss.

That isn’t to say that these are small songs. The debut In a Perfect World is a collection of anthemic poprock songs about love, heartbreak and getting through it all. But unlike most music (regardless of genre) the emotional intensity of the songs will move you to tears.

It’s hard to overstate Kodaline’s music videos which are a step away from most other videos you’ll see.

The band is Kodaline. For bassist Jason Boland, speaking on behalf of the band, it’s been “the quickest most bizarre year of any of our lives.” They’re a band that have always believed in their songs and in what they do. As Boland says, “every band that starts out wants to be the biggest.” It’s the speed and the scale of their rise that has their heads spinning. “When other people started believing in what we do it took on a whole other feeling,” says Boland. ‘All I Want’ was released as a single, picked up by Google and used on their best of 2013 video, has garnered over six million views on Youtube and sold 100,000 copies in the first three months. “It’s incredible it’s come so far,” says Boland. The video (if you’ve not seen it, watch it), is a emotional story about a man

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“The way we approach music videos is that we look for a story that’s going to complement the emotions in our song.”

As with everything the band does, honesty and emotion are a defining feature. “You should be able to tell the emotions of the songs, not just with the words,” says Boland. “We may only play simple notes but it’s about how you play those notes.” Both the album and the band certainly aren’t (as the old cliche puts it), all doom and gloom. The album In a Perfect World is about “hopeful, wishful, and positive thinking,” says Boland. “Most of the songs are about love or heartbreak but the point is that you can always get through it.” As with all art, once it has been released into the world, it stops belonging to the creators and is owned by the fans. “We’ve found now, through the live shows, that everyone has their own story for the songs and they’re all new stories. That’s what kept them fresh for us and it’s brought the songs back to life.”

“If we weren’t friends for long, having started in our bedrooms and not been there for each other it would be a lot harder to deal with.” They began as a very studio-orientated band and Boland says they didn’t frequently play together. “We’d go in and record our parts and put it together, which is a very modern approach.” You’d never know from the strength of their live shows - which have received rave reviews across the world - that they still feel as though they’re feeling each other out. However, Boland says that this has made for a better live show. “Playing live more has let us feel other out better and put on a better performance.” If you’re seeing Kodaline when they play the Powerstation at the end of March, know that they’ll be very well versed in playing live - they’re playing their biggest show ever at the O2 Academy. “Before we even get to New Zealand we’ll be playing our biggest headline show…to 12,000 people.” Boland says they’re not prepared for it yet and even after playing the tour dates before it he’s not sure they will be. “I don’t know if you’re ever prepared for that kind of thing.” For four Irishmen from Dublin, Kodaline has become bigger faster than they ever thought possible. And with radio stations the world over picking up the singles and a second world tour well underway, it’s safe to say they are only just beginning. SEBASTIAN MACKAY

He also says that when they play the songs live, it takes each of them back to the way they felt writing them, despite playing them night after night.

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