Monthly Archives: September 2015

Little Esther Povitsky @ The Tuning Fork : 30 Sep 2015

little Esther povitskyLA comedian Esther Povitsky is coming to New Zealand for the first time.

Best known as Little Esther, Povitsky is the host of the ‘Weird Adults with Little Esther’ podcast, where she finds out what makes her comedian friends “weird adults”.

She has also had appearances on television’s New Girl, Parks and Recreation, Key & Peele and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Don’t miss this opportunity to witness a comedic star in the making perform her signature idiosyncratic millennial brand of humour live.

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Anna Coddington @ The Tuning Fork : 26 Sep 2015

aNNA cODDINGTONSolo artist Anna Coddington and NYC-based duo Lips are excited to announce a headline tour where they will take to the stage as a three-piece for the first time ever!

Showcasing the multi-instrumental talent and critically acclaimed songwriting of both acts, they will play songs from their back catalogues, as well as new unheard material from both of their upcoming projects. A collaboration between old friends, the show will be a genuine partnership as they share the stage and their instruments – swapping between guitars, analog synths, drums, and vocal duties.

Steph Brown of Lips and Anna first met while sharing a room on tour nine years ago, and are delighted to be hitting the road on what will be Lips first ever tour in New Zealand and Anna’s first in two years. This combined live show promises to be a rich tapestry of sound, bursting with energy and created 100% live without the use of backing tracks or loop pedals for a unique, authentic experience.

To celebrate the coming together of two of New Zealand’s brightest indie stars, every ticket purchased will also receive a FREE download of both artists’ new singles.

Anna’s new song Slate, a self-produced toe-tapper about fresh starts features Steph on synths. The new offering from Lips is Traces of Teddy, a song off their upcoming album.

A regular in the Fly My Pretties collaboration, Anna Coddington’s enchanting live performances and stunning songwriting have seen the Raglan-born Aucklander tour New Zealand on multiple occasions and make the Top 20 list for the Silver Scroll Award four times. Anna has released two full length albums, The Lake and Cat & Bird, with a third due early next year. The new album will continue in the new direction set by 2013 singles Bird In Hand, Make You Mine and The Runner, incorporating electronic tinges for a sound that highlights Anna’s powerful voice and beautiful melodies.

Characterised by a giant pair of lips on legs, Lips is the musical project of Auckland born Stephanie Brown, and West Virginia native Fen Ikner. The duo, who originally formed in New York, now split their time between New Zealand and Brooklyn, NY, and have experienced incredible success here in New Zealand, being awarded the Silver Scroll for their song Everything To Me. Lips have released two EPs to date, Look, Listen in 2012 and Ghosts and Demons in 2013, and their debut full-length album is set for release in early 2016.

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Tami Neilson @ The Tuning Fork : 25 Sep 2015

Tami NeilsonVector Arena is proud to present Silver Scroll winner Tami Neilson, in celebration of the release of her new Album, Don’t Be Afraid.

Just 18 months since the release of her award winning album Dynamite, Canadian born Tami Neilson is back with what could be her strongest songwriting to date. A moving homage to her late father Ron Neilson, a man who laid the foundations for her musical career, Don’t Be Afraid takes us on a journey fuelled by Tami’s memories and experiences of loss, mourning and striking back in the face of grief. This is a powerful collection of songs which conveys a defiant fierceness in Tami’s performance.

The first single off the album ‘Lonely’ started out as a demo recorded by Ron Neilson in 1972, outside his hotel room while on tour across Canada. Decades later, it was completed by his daughter Tami when she discovered that same demo a week after he passed away in February 2015. Such are the stories and legacies behind the songs on this very special and personal tribute.

From the opening title track ‘Don’t Be Afraid’, the last song her father ever wrote, Tami goes from strength to strength and we are left with the treasures she has collected along the way. Songs from the masterful pen of her father, her continued work with her brother Jay Neilson, co-writer of APRA Song of Year 2014, ‘Walk’, as well as co-conspirator Delaney Davidson, all fit seamlessly into this brilliant testament to one her strongest musical inspirations.

Tami, well known for her timeless, soulful voice and compelling performances will perform music from her new album at this one-off show with her band on the release date of the album.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be one of the first to hear live the much anticipated new offering from this stunning and seasoned songwriter.

‘Lonely’ – the first single from the album will be available digitally from Friday 4 September.

Neilson blends the ambience of Old West saloons with the pastel palette of a 1950s beach musical, and her soulful bellow breathes modern life into a vintage collection.
– The 10 Best Country Music Records of 2014 – Grady Smith, The Guardian

Winner of the APRA Silver Scroll 2014
Winner of the NZ Music Award Best Country Album 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015
Best Country Song 2014
Best Female Artist 2010, 2011, 2014

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Wiz Khalifa @ Vector : 25 Sep 2015

Wiz KhalifaA lot has happened to Wiz Khalifa since he last performed in New Zealand back in 2013. The Pennsylvania rapper released his fifth album Blacc Hollywood, divorced his model wife, toured with pop punk band Fall Out Boy, gained sponsorship to support his self-proclaimed monthly marijuana bill of ten thousand dollars, and was arrested for refusing to get off a hoverboard at Los Angeles airport.

More applicable, Khalifa’s forthcoming performance at Vector Arena will support the release of the breakthrough hit ‘See You Again’. The heart-clenching collab with YouTube star-turned-producer Charlie Puth was created as a tribute to the late Paul Walker, serving in the soundtrack for the film Furious 7. Upon its release, the song broke several records, notching up almost half a billion views on Youtube in just one day and becoming the most-streamed track in one day on Spotify.

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Devilskin @ The Powerstation : 19 Sep 2015

Devilskin

Devilskin are stoked to announce The Mountains and the Moon Tour 2015 – presented by The Rock and supported by special guests Villainy.

After the release of their Number 1 Platinum selling album We Rise, a sell-out 20 date New Zealand album release tour and their headline Surrender Summer Tour in 2014, the band took their mesmerising rock act international. Devilskin played at venues including The Borderline in London and the infamous Whisky a Go Go on LA’s Sunset strip, and alongside rock royalty Slash, Motley Crue and Alice Cooper. The band have since been busy recording new songs in the United Kingdom with their producer Clint Murphy (We Rise). But now they are back and amping to get back onto the road to deliver an explosive new set of songs to local fans.

Devilskin can’t wait to unveil and play a bunch of new songs for the first time including the sensational new single Mountains, as well as all of the hit singles from We Rise.

Paul Martin Devilskin bassist says: “I can tell you that we are super excited about getting out on the Mountains and The Moon tour with our new set. We’ve been busting to unleash the new material! I think our time in the UK and USA really inspired us to take the band to the next level. Everything’s bigger and better than our last tour and we’re really looking forward to playing the brand new songs that have had us excited for the past 8 months! We’ve been hard at work at Devil HQ and we promise this tour, this setlist, will be off the hook and right outta the ballpark! Somewhere between the mountains and the moon!.”

We are super excited to invite Villainy on tour to play on the entire tour as our special guests , these guys are set to rip it up and excite you with all of their hits and will smash out a setlist of old and new.

Villainy’s debut album Mode. Set. Clear was released in October 2012. The record hit #1 on the New Zealand Chart and was awarded the iconic prize for 2013 VNZMA Best Rock Album. It also featured four chart topping singles in Alligator Skin, Gather Yourselves, Another Time and Ammunition. The Auckland based four-piece band consists of James Dylan (bass guitar), Neill Fraser (vocals and guitar), Dave Johnston (drums) and Thomas Watts (lead guitar)

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