Monthly Archives: February 2016

Sleater Kinney @ The Powerstation : 29 Feb 2016

sleeter_kinney_akl-pp_colIt is with a great deal of excitement we announce the return to New Zealand shores of the hugely influential SLEATER-KINNEY.

They will bring their full No Cities to Love touring show to the Powerstation on Monday 29 February  – the perfect setting for what The Guardian calls a “no-frills, high-kicking, hard-rocking” show.

Sleater-Kinney came crashing out of the ’90s Pacific Northwest riot grrrl scene, setting a new bar for punk’s political insight and emotional impact. Hailed as “America’s best rock band” by Greil Marcus in Time Magazine, and as “America’s best punk band ever. EVER” by Rob Sheffield in Rolling Stone, the band put out seven searing albums in 10 years before going on indefinite hiatus in 2006.

In the hiatus Tucker released two albums with the Corin Tucker Band, while Brownstein and Weiss released one album with Wild Flag. Brownstein has been writing a book “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl” and also co-created and co-stars in the cult series ‘PORTLANDIA’, and Weiss recorded and toured with Quasi and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, among others.

Then almost a decade later, the trio – guitarists/vocalists Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein, and drummer Janet Weiss – came back together and recorded and released the triumphant album “No Cities To Love” in January 2015. It is a modern punk classic that is certain to be on most best-of and award lists for this year.

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Jeremih @ The Powerstation : 25 Feb 2016

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Frontier Touring is thrilled to confirm R&B superstar Jeremih will play at Powerstation in February of 2016.

It’s been five years since Jeremih dropped his second LP All About You (Def Jam) leaving critics and fans alike waiting with bated breath for another album. In what has been a year of teasers for much anticipated third album Late Nights (out now through Def Jam), singles ‘You & I’, ‘Oui’, ‘Impatient’ (Pitchfork’s Best New Track) and ‘Pass Dat’ account for just some of the Late Nights tracks Jeremih has dropped on the public without any notice. Late Nights also features Grammy nominated track ‘Planes’ feat. J. Cole and ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’ feat YG which recently hit platinum in America and Australia, selling over 3 million copies worldwide and counting.

Jeremih’s freshly released masterwork Late Nights features Future, Big Sean, J. Cole, Ty Dolla $ign, Migos and more and already has critics raving. The 15-track album displays Jeremih’s modern take on R&B, and will continue to establish him as one of the most important figures in the broader contemporary R&B music scene right now.

Finally, it’s time to hear one of the most anticipated R&B releases in recent years performed live, along with a swathe of other modern classics. With music that transcends the worlds of mainstream and underground, there is something for everyone at a Jeremih show. Don’t miss your opportunity to see what all the hype is about.

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Prince @ ASB Theatre : 24 Feb 2016

PrincePrince will bring his Piano & A Microphone tour to New Zealand this February.

Prince will perform  Prince will perform for the very first time in New Zealand at Auckland’s ASB Theatre on February 24.

For those blessed enough to attend, everything about these exclusive performances has been carefully considered to deliver special once-in-a-lifetime experiences.  The repertoire will be culled from Prince’s vast 39-album catalogue and each performance will have a unique set-list that evolves in real time, song-to-song. Fans should expect to witness special interpretations of well-known hits alongside rarely performed B-sides and new, never-before-heard material.

Prince’s Piano & A Microphone tour commenced on January 21 at his US recording studio, Paisley Park, where he stunned fans who travelled from all over the world to see him perform two very personal shows.  According to a Rolling Stone review of these shows, Prince performed on a stage decorated sparsely with candles and shrouded in smoke. The show was framed by the story of how he mastered the piano and emerged from the shadow of his father, jazz pianist John L. Nelson. “The set moved chronologically (with a few exceptions) through the first decade of Prince’s career,” Rolling Stone reports, “including at least one song from each of his first 10 albums.”

In addition to classic songs from albums including 1999, Purple Rain, and Sign o’ the Times the set-lists have also featured covers by Joni Mitchell, Paul Robeson and Ray Charles; songs Prince has written for other acts including The Time, Sheila E. and Vanity 6; and even a Thelonious Monk-style version of the theme to Batman.

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Raggamuffin IX @ The Trusts Arena : 20 Feb 2016

raggamuffin-2016-4Raggamuffin IX is back for the summer bringing the best in reggae and urban music to Auckland for one day across two stages in February. Headlined by ground-breaking hip hop crew Wu-Tang Clan in their first-ever NZ performance alongside legendary reggae stars UB40, Grammy Award winners The Game and Macy Gray and rapper/actor Xzibit.

Also featuring is Jamaican reggae Queen Diana King, Sly & Robbie with British/Jamaican reggae singer Bitty McLean, Inner Circle, House of Pain featuring Everlast, Maxi Priest, Junior Marvin’s Wailers, double 2015 Tui Awards winner Savage, Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E, Spawnbreezie, Aotearoa Reggae Collective (Majic / L-40 / Israel Starr) and L.A.B, featuring Brad Kora.

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Auckland Lantern Festival @ The Auckland Domain : 18 – 21 Feb 2016

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Celebrate Chinese New Year at the 2016 Auckland Lantern Festival from Thurs 18 – 21 Feb. The festival is moving to a new venue this year – the Auckland Domain – so there’s more room than ever before.

Be entertained and dazzled by more than 800 handmade Chinese lanterns, thrilling on-stage performances, traditional festivities, Chinese art and more – and there’s a range of activities for all ages. Plus, it’s free to attend!

Highlights include:

  • The spectacular illumination of over 800 handmade Chinese lanterns
  • A street full of stalls selling delicious Asian delicacies and crafts
  • Lantern making demonstrations
  • Stunning on-stage performances of traditional and contemporary Chinese culture including martial arts, dance and live music from international performers
  • Grand finale fireworks display
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