Monthly Archives: September 2014

Tahuna Breaks @ The Powerstation : 27 Sep 2014

Tahuna BreaksTahuna Breaks are set to celebrate their 10 year anniversary with a one off Auckland Show at one of New Zealands most iconic venues: Powerstation. With special guests Midnight Gallery

This September the band will revisit their back catalogue and perform a longer set to accommodate a selection of songs from all three of their albums: Reflections, Black Brown and White and Shadow-light, as well as new single ‘Hold You’.

To help celebrate the occasion the band will be recording a live album on the night and performing with an expanded line up including full horn section and backing singers with support from Midnight Gallery.

This will be the bands only Auckland show this summer before they return to the studio to record their upcoming 4th album.

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American Authors @ The Powerstation : 24 Sep 2014

American AuthorsBand members Zac Barnett, James Adam Shelley, Dave Rublin and Matt Sanchez left the Berklee College of Music in Boston where they met to take their alt-rock, four-part harmonies and infectious pop sensibilities to the Big Apple as American Authors. Their honest songwriting evidently comes from the diversity that the four members bring to the table. As lead singer Zac Barnett explains the idea behind their name and work ethic:

“We’re the authors of our lives, creating music from what we’ve lived, from what we hope for, from what we feel. Every day is different and like everyone, our emotions change according to our personal highs and lows and by the challenges or triumphs that affect all of us…we’re not afraid to be goofy one day and serious the next. We just want to be true to ourselves and share our stories for as long as people are willing to listen” – Zac Barnett (vocals)

American Authors were in Australia for a brief visit earlier this year in support of the release of their debut album Oh, What A Life (out now through Universal) which reached #3 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart and #15 in the Billboard 200. The band performed a series of exclusive events whilst they were here including a concert at iconic Luna Park for 300 lucky fans.

Debut single ‘Best Day Of My Life’ proved to be a massive international breakthrough for the band, gaining worldwide success as it featured on various advertising campaigns around the world including: Hyundai in the UK and France, Telecom in New Zealand as well as for US retail home improvement giant Lowe’s which aired during the Superbowl. It also appeared on the trailer for some of this year’s cinematic releases including Delivery Man and The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty.  In Australia the track took a similar trajectory after being picked up by local liquor chain BWS for one of their commercials, landing in the top 15 on the radio airplay chart, top 10 on the iTunes singles chart and achieving certified platinum single sales.

The mega hit was even performed on Glee earlier this year during their ‘New New York’ episode as well as being invited on Ellen to perform the anthemic tune. The track is now closing in on 23 million views on YouTube and a whopping 53 million plays on Spotify!  Following the success of this incredibly infectious hit single, American Authors released their equally catchy second single; ‘Believer.’

The last year has seen American Authors not only dominate the charts, television and movie screens, but also their live presence, having supported the likes of OneRepublic and The Script to being one of the most highly anticipated bands to play at SXSW in Austin, Texas earlier this year, leading to a number of sold out headline shows in the US and UK/Europe.

In the last few months, American Authors have not only proved to be proficient songwriters that have captivated audiences across the world, they have proven themselves as headliners in their own right through their energy and commitment to honing their craft as live performers. If the international response to American Authors is anything to go by, you will not want to miss these guys in action.

With special guest Andy Grammer

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Neil Finn @ The Powerstation : 20 Sep 2014

Neil Finn

Dizzy Heights New Zealand Tour – With special guest: Bic Runga. 

Brent Eccles Entertainment is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated tour by one of New Zealand’s favourite performers and songwriters, the highly successful and much lauded: Neil Finn.

Neil will be accompanied by his latest six piece ensemble. The new band (including wife Sharon, Aistair Deverick of the Ruby Suns, Jesse Sheehan, Andrew Everding, Lisa Tomlins of Rhombus and Finn) will perform new material from Finn’s  critically acclaimed album ‘Dizzy Heights’ as well as a swag of songs from his vast retrospective catalogue. Including Crowded House, Split Enz, Finn Brothers and his own solo works.

The recent four month ‘Dizzy Heights’ world tour has seen Neil performing for over two hours a night.  The shows have received rave reviews from fans and critics alike. The  2014 world tour has played shows in Australia, The United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Dubai and Amsterdam so far and these limited local dates are a continuation of that full production.

‘Dizzy Heights formed the backbone of a hybrid show that melded new material with a greatest hits package which clearly delighted fans old and new.’ – Nottingham Post, UK.

‘Finn certainly cut a wide swathe, chronologically and stylistically. That emotionally resonant voice remains in top shape, and the (still rather youthful-looking) 55-year-old reaffirmed he’s a fluent guitarist, too.’ – Exclaim Magazine, Canada.

‘On tour to celebrate the release of his latest solo studio recording ‘Dizzy Heights’, Melbourne’s Hamer Hall was treated to a captivating two hour set of gems from the past and his latest critically acclaimed work.’ – 

Joining Neil, as his special guest, opening the special show will be Bic Runga. New Zealand born singer/songwriter Bic has been awarded many music accolades since her first top ten hit ‘Drive’ released back in 1996. Bic is currently working on her as yet unnamed fifth album.

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Chali 2na & The House of Vibe All Stars @ The Powerstation : 19 Sep 2014

chalilive1_-_resizeOff the back of a sold out reunion tour with Jurassic 5 this year, Rhythm Group Entertainment are excited to be bringing back founding member CHALI 2NA and his all star band the HOUSE OF VIBE ALL STARS at Powerstation, Friday 19th Sep.

From his days growing up on the hard streets of Chicago’s south side; to his subsequent explosion onto Los Angeles’ burgeoning hip-hop scene; to his tenure as MC for seminal hip-hop group Jurassic 5, and his front-man duties for Grammy-Award winners, Ozomatli, CHALI 2NA epitomizes the portrait of the multi talented 21st century artist.

2014 has been a busy year for CHALI 2NA. His solo performances support a string of EPs. Released in December last year, his EP ‘Against The Current’ was the first in a series of five, followed by ‘Manphibian Music’ released this year. Breathing new life into his musical past, the projects sound is heavily influenced buy his history, including the music he grew up on and the hip hop he’s produced combined with his love for performing live.

With his distinctive and legendary baritone voice CHALI 2NA has harvested praise as a charismatic personality of hip-hop and a highly respected artist.

The House of Vibe All Stars will be sharing the stage with Chali 2na this Friday night! The band features drummer Phillip ‘Fish’ Fisher, founding member of FISHBONE and also the drummer for Justin Timberlake.  On the keys is Anthony ‘Brew’ Brewster, founding member of The Untouchables. Anthony has also played live shows with Talib Kweli and De La Soul.  Bad ass funk man Corey Cofield is on the bass!

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Biffy Clyro @ The Powerstation : 2 Sep 2014

Biffy LoresSuperstars in the UK, headlining festivals and sell-out arena shows and even beefing with other artists, the trio Biffy Clyro are creating waves with the local release of their sixth long player, the ambitious double album Opposites. Produced by Garth ‘GGGarth’ Richardson (who has previously worked with such luminaries as Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Rage Against The Machine and our own Shihad) in LA, the album has seen no less than the arbiters of cool the NME hailing the band’s ‘genius’ in successfully straddling ‘the line between experimental and anthemic’, and awarded them last year’s coveted Best British Band award.

Comprised of Simon Neil (guitar/lead vocals) and twin brothers James and Ben Johnston (bass and drums respectively), the trio cam together as metal-head teenagers in Kilmarnock, Scotland in 1995 and eventually moved to Glasgow in the late 90’s, releasing their first EP ‘thekidswhopoptodaywillrocktomorrow’ which was followed by their first album Blackened Sky. The band toured solidly throughout the decade, cementing their reputation as a live force to be reckoned with.

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