Monthly Archives: July 2015

Kitty Daisy & Lewis @ The Powerstation : 30 July 2015

Kitty Daisy and LewisFirm favourites with New Zealand audiences and regular visitors to these shores where they continue to play sold-out shows across the land Kitty Daisy & Lewis have built a well-earned reputation as one of the best live acts around thanks to years of solid gigging which has seen them headline major theatres and festivals around the world as well as opening up for the likes of Coldplay and Stereophonics.

Recorded through the summer of 2014 in a converted former Indian restaurant in north London their new album – produced by long-time fan and former Clash member Mick Jones – embraces a spread of influences – from blues to disco, but retains that unmistakable Kitty Daisy & Lewis sound – a heady mix of old-school rhythms and Ska-infused grooves and has been hailed by many as their best yet.

“W​ith Mick on board, it was the first time we have worked with a producer,​” says Lewis, “J​ust having someone else in the room meant we could start bouncing ideas off other people and that was great.​”

“O​ur song writing has definitely changed over the three years,​” adds sister Kitty, “T​hrough life experience and expanding our musical influences, we have now incorporated more of our musical loves into our music”.

“A​nd we had more gear to play with,” s​ays Daisy,​”16 tracks, rather than 8, gave us the chance to use different production techniques and expand on our ideas in the studio”​.

Recently described by the Daily Telegraph as a ​​”hot, sweet pancake stack of danceable tracks, drizzled with drama and swung by a terrific horn section” t​his new album catches the band at the top of their game but can only hint at what they deliver onstage.

The horn action referred to by the Telegraph is primarily down to the legend that is Eddie ‘Tan Tan’ Thornton – a Jamaican-born octogenarian who during a long and illustrious career has played with everyone from the Beatles and Georgie Fame to Aswad and Ska Cubano. In recent years he’s been a stalwart of the KDL touring party that is further complimented by the inclusion of the siblings’ mother and ex-Raincoats member Ingrid and father ‘Daddy Graz’ Graham. They combine to offer and deliver one of the tightest and most thrilling live shows around – a live show that is all set to hit New Zealand in July.

Supporting the band will be Tom Rodwell & Storehouse. Tom Rodwell is a critically acclaimed guitarist and singer performing a hybrid of blues, calypso and spirituals, active as a songwriter, composer and session musician.

Described as “Sheffield’s answer to Lightnin’ Hopkins,” by the NME, the singer-guitarist has appeared widely in the UK, Switzerland, Holland, New Zealand and the US since 2003, both solo and with his ever-changing band Storehouse. He’s opened for artists including Trinity Roots, Leon Russell, John Butler Trio, Charles Bradley, Son of Dave, C.W. Stoneking, Otis Taylor and Derek Trucks – who remarked, “You don’t hear that anymore; beautiful tunes, beautiful groove!”

His uniquely primitivist yet dance-orientated take on rhythm and blues music takes influences from calypso, slave-era spirituals and West African juju music – making his playing thoughtful, hard to categorise, yet instantly accessible, and bursting with salacious and surreal lyrics.

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Johnny Marr @ The Powerstation : 16 July 2015


Frontier Touring look forward to welcoming iconic British guitarist and singer-songwriter, Johnny Marr, for an electrifying show in July 2015 at POWERSTATION!

A founding member of cultural institution The Smiths and performer alongside the likes of Modest Mouse, Beck, Talking Heads, The The and Oasis, Marr was already rock royalty before releasing his Top 10 debut solo album The Messenger in February 2013.

‘Each tune throws up a different style, creating a one-man compilation album that rifles through 25 years of lush or edgy genres, perfecting every one…The Messenger isn’t just a summary of everything worthwhile in contemporary rock music, it’s an insightful and informed dissection of life in 2013.’ – NME 8/10

‘One quick listen to The Messenger brings all his signatures rushing back — the intricate, intertwining arrangements, the insistent riffs finding a counterpoint in the elastic yet precise melodies, a romance with the past that doesn’t negate the present.’ – All Music 8/10

He’s one the most celebrated guitarists in the world. Armed to the teeth with classics and his own lauded solo works, when Johnny Marr hits New Zealand in July 2015 the show promises to be exhilarating display of talent from a revered virtuoso.

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Ladi6 @ The Matterhorn : 16 July 2015

ladi6Ladi6 and Matterhorn invite you to The Alpha Sessions – an intimate residency of Ladi6 shows at Matterhorn Auckland in July.

For the first time, Ladi, Parks, Julien Dyne, and Brandon Haru bring the band’s studio space out into the public domain. Live and direct in both Auckland and Wellington they will deconstruct, recreate, create from scratch and air out re-worked versions of some of their Ladi6 favourites.

Let Matterhorn warm up your winter ills with The Alpha Sessions each Thursday in July ~ imbibe in the musical delights of Ladi6 and a select group of special guests.

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Twenty One Pilots @ The Powerstation : 9 July 2015

twenty one pilotsLive Nation are thrilled to announce ascendant pop duo TWENTY ONE PILOTS have confirmed headline shows in Australia and New Zealand this July.

The band will play an ALL AGES show at The Powerstation, Auckland, on Thursday July 9.

Today’s tour announcement coincides with the release of band’s eagerly awaited second studio album, Blurryface (Warner Music), the follow up to their wildly successful debut, Vessel.

Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun take their explosive mix of hip-hop, indie rock and punk to the next level on Blurryface, crafting soaring melodies and vast sonic landscapes throughout the record.

Twenty One Pilots have grown astronomically since the release of their debut record. The band’s 2014 “quiet is violent tour” reached sold out audiences throughout the US, Europe and Asia – including triumphant main-stage appearances at festivals such as Bonnaroo, Sasquatch and Bunbury.

Fans in New Zealand were first treated to Twenty One Pilots’ electrifying live show when the pair toured with Paramore in 2014, wowing audiences with their performances in Auckland and Christchurch.

Twenty One Pilots’ meteoric rise since the release of Vessel saw the band named #1 in Alternative Press’ 10 Essential Albums of 2013, MTV Artist To Watch, and unforgettable live performances at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards, Late Night With Seth Meyers and the 1st annual AP Music Awards.

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Bic Runga and Tiny Ruins @ The Wintergardens – The Civic : 2,3 July 2015

Bic-CopyNew Zealand music lovers are in for a treat as two of the country’s finest singer-songwriters join forces to dazzle audiences.

Bic Runga’s accomplishments are already enough to label her a national treasure…three number one albums, a swag of hit singles and a Silver Scroll songwriting award. Bic Runga has been writing and recording her next record with this material being debuted live at these concerts.

Now Bic Runga will be touring with Tiny Ruins.

Songwriter Hollie Fullbrook from Tiny Ruins has seen a groundswell of support for her music at home and overseas, with fans such as David Lynch, NPR, The New York Times and Kurt Wagner of Lambchop singing her praises in the past year. Along with drummer Alex Freer and bassist Cass Basil, the band has won over international audiences touring with the likes of Sharon Van Etten, Calexico and The Handsome Family. Playing over 130 shows in 2014, their mesmerizing live performances have seen recent appearances at Sydney and Perth Arts Festivals, End Of The Road Festival in the UK and Celtic Connections in Glasgow. Their Most recent album, Brightly Painted One, was awarded Best Alternative Album at the 2014 NZ Music Awards.

These two talented women will take to the stage with their respective bands, including drummer Kody Neilson joining Runga, across some of New Zealand’s most beautiful and intimate venues, giving audiences a rare opportunity to see them showcase new material and reimagine cherished favourites in a solo capacity, with their bands, and together for a special finale.

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