Monthly Archives: May 2016

O Rappa @ The Powerstation : 28 May 2016

O Rappa

After touring Europe with sold out shows in Portugal, Netherlands, England and Ireland O Rappa will arrive in New Zealand for the first time for one vibrant live show at The Powerstation on May 28th.

O Rappa is a Multi Latin GRAMMY nominated Brazilian reggae/rock band from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Combining many styles such as rock, reggae, funk, hip hop and samba, O Rappa’s songs contain sharp protests against the social problems in Brazil and the members of the band themselves are supporters of
numerous social projects.

O Rappa is one of the most famous and powerful bands in Brazil, with more than 5 million albums sold around the world. Their music is popular among all social classes, among people of all ages and all
walks of life.

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The Hendrix Revolution @ ASB Theatre : 28 May 2016

Hendrix Revolution

The Hendrix Revolution Tour

For the first time, RANDY HANSEN, one of the few guitarists officially recognized by the Hendrix family is bringing his show HENDRIX REVOLUTION to New Zealand.

The Seattle-born firebrand has been stunning audiences worldwide with his explosive homage since the 1970s. He has even unleashed his uncanny virtuosity and dazzling charisma alongside Hendrix’s own former band mates, Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding and Buddy Miles.

He has shared stages with Steve Miller, Paul Rodgers, Sammy Hagar, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray and Bob Seger. He’s also been acclaimed by Eddie Van Halen and Eddie Vedder and released more than a dozen albums including Hendrix by Hansen.

From the infamous ‘burning guitar’ of the ’67 Monterey Pop Festival to the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ that was Woodstock, experience the thrill of a lifetime as Randy Hansen channels the spirit of Hendrix in a flawless invocation of legendary stage presence and unparalleled musical skill.

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RUFUS @ The Powerstation : 26, 27 May 2016

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2016 is shaping up to be RÜFÜS’ biggest year yet; with new album: BLOOM’s two lead singles landing in triple j’s Hottest 100 countdown (You Were Right #12 and Like An Animal #28) & the album knocking Adele from the top of the charts in Australia on release.

Their BLOOM WORLD TOUR is shaping up to be their biggest yet; securing a spot on the coveted Coachella line up for April and selling out many of their dates throughout the UK, Europe, The States and Australia before heading to NZ in May, today adding a SOLD OUT Powerstation show to that list and announcing a second show for Thursday May 26th. 

The boys from RÜFÜS are the latest Australian dance stars to crack it on the world stage, their live show is one of a kind and not to be missed. After the break out success of their debut album Atlas, they crossed the globe several times over and bunkered down in Berlin to write and record Bloom. From the first chord to the last note it’s an immersive journey. Their live interpretation of the album is sure to be a highlight of 2016 for their legion of fans worldwide.

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Cat Power @ The Powerstation : 13 May 2016

Cat PowerNEW CAT POWER NZ DATES ANNOUNCED

Recovered and ready, Chan Marshall a/k/a Cat Power returns as promised in May, with a new set of dates.

Cat Power will perform at The Powerstation on Friday 13 May

“I’ve been looking forward for so long to return to my home away from home and I wasn’t going to let this debilitating illness deprive me or anyone else of that opportunity. I’m so glad to be making it back to New Zealand and Australia” – Chan Marshall

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Cat Power Solo: Up Close and Intimate. Playing songs old and new ahead of new album recording – a follow-up to Sun which reached a career-high No 10 on the US Billboard album charts.

“An artist at the peak of her powers faced the crowd and her demons armed only with a guitar, a piano and her courage” The Guardian.

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Common & Talib Kweli @ The Powerstation : 11 May 2016

Common & Talin KweliAfter blowing away New Zealand audiences in 2014 on the Soulfest bill, Common is returning to New Zealand for his first ever headline show. The popular rapper and actor who has won 4 Grammys, recently added to his success by winning a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for his work on the lead track ‘Glory’ from the movie in which he starred, ‘Selma’. Based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by Dr. Martin Luther King, the film touched the world and garnered Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. Common is renowned for his energetic live shows and Auckland fans will be thrilled to witness his performance up close and personal at such a well-loved venue.

Joining Common is special guest Talib Kweli.  The Brooklyn-based rapper earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. The human rights activist can regularly be seen on American TV and in the media discussing current issues affecting the lives of the community, including mass incarceration, economic equality and police brutality.  A regular visitor to our shores, Talib is known for putting on an incredible live show.

COMMON

Common is known as one of hip-hop’s most poetic and respected lyricists. The popular Actor, Author, TV & Film Producer, Youth Ambassador, Humanitarian and Designer has released 10 successful albums which easily rank amongst hip-hop’s best, has won 4 Grammy Awards and countless BET, MTV and Billboard Awards. In 2015, Common added to his list of achievements winning a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Song for ‘Glory’, the lead track from the movie in which he starred, ‘Selma’. Common released his tenth album ‘Nobody’s Smiling’ which was released to critical acclaim in 2014. On September 18th, 2012 Common joined forces with the rest of the G.O.O.D Music crew to release the highly anticipated ‘Cruel Summer’ Album, featuring additional artists including Kanye West, John Legend, Pusha T, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, and Kid Cudi.  In 2007 he made his acting debut co-starring opposite Jeremy Piven and Ben Affleck in ‘Smoking Aces’, and has since gone on to star in many successful Hollywood movies including ‘Selma’, ‘Date Night’, ‘American Gangster’ and ‘Wanted’, plus has appeared on countless TV shows including ‘Hell On Wheels’. Common is currently working on expanding his literary pursuits, acting and producing in film and TV projects, completing his latest album and mixtape, partnering with brands and continuing to inspire youth across the country with his Common Ground Foundation.

 TALIB KWELI

The Brooklyn-based rapper earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. Kweli’s discography is extensive and diverse, with an impressive 7 solo albums released to date, including his third solo album ‘Eardrum’ which, in 2007, debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200.  With a back catalogue including musical partnerships with such names as Kendrick Lamar, The RZA, Raekwon, Symbolyc One, The Neptunes and Justin Timberlake, it was Kweli’s recent announcement that his highly anticipated album ‘Radio Silence’ would be dropping at some stage in the coming months that has reignited the hype surrounding the musician.  Whether working with Mos Def as one-half of Black Star, partnering with producer Hi-Tek for ‘Reflection Eternal’, releasing landmark solo material or collaborating with Kanye West or Madlib, Kweli commands attention by delivering top-tier lyricism, crafting captivating stories and showing the ability to rhyme over virtually any type of beat.  Admiration for this musical master comes from all corners of the world.  As a renowned MC, producer and music label owner, Kweli and his practice are held in high reverence, receiving praise from some of Hip-Hop’s biggest names, including Jay-Z’s famous ‘Black Album’ rhyme: “If skills sold, truth be told/ I’d probably be, lyrically, Talib Kweli”.

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