Monthly Archives: August 2016

Arrested Development @ The Powerstation : 28 Aug 2016


Arrested Development became the first ever hip-hop group to receive the Best New Artist Grammy. The group also took out Best Rap Single Grammy for their anthemic prayer-like hit song, Tennessee. The hip-hop collective, who have stayed true to their unique brand of message rap, return to New Zealand to perform their hits including Tennessee, Mr Wendell, People Everyday, Revolution, Ease My Mind and more.

The group will perform one exclusive show in Auckland on Sunday 28th August.

With the success of their debut album 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of… money came in for the group, led by charismatic frontman Speech. Instead of spending it on material things the group gave back by becoming the first African American artists to donate money to Nelson Mandela and ANC. They used their voices and their status to the benefit of many underprivileged brothers and sisters around the world.

With the success of the single Mr Wendal, Arrested Development brought the issue of homelessness to the forefront. The group donated half of the royalty earnings from Mr Wendal to the National Coalition of the Homeless. Awards, chart success and accolades continued to follow. One of the highlights was being asked to write a song for Spike Lee’s movie about famed minister and human rights activist, Malcom X. The movie, X, went on to become one of Spike Lee’s most highly acclaimed works. The Arrested Development song, Revolution, would forever be associated with one of the most important movies in black culture. Eighteen years later, the response that comes whenever the group performs this song is inspiring.

The group followed up their debut album with their sophomore release Zingalamaduni. After the release of this album, the group took a break, and in the year 2000, Arrested Development re-emerged with a new lineup and a new album called Heroes Of The Harvest. This short hiatus allowed the group to be relieved of the pressures of the industry, and one of hip-hop’s best groups, were back rocking stages.

For the last sixteen years, Arrested Development has performed concerts in literally every part of the world. They continue to release new music and find new success in different corners of the globe. Their shows are a celebration of life. Experiencing an Arrested Development concert is an uplifting and spiritual event wrapped into one big party.


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Melanie Martinez @ The Powerstation : 12 Aug 2016


Melanie released her debut album Cry Baby in 2015 to rave reviews, with critics applauding her infectious blend of pop choruses, R&B infused melodies and hip-hop beats, seeing it debut at #5 on the Top Albums Chart, a stellar #6 on the Billboard Top 200, while also coming in at #1 on the Top Alternative Albums chart.

This show announcement is sure to thrill Melanie’s army of New Zealand fans, where she has had over 4 millions streams of the content from her album. The new radio single ‘Pity Party’ has immediately jumped to over half a million streams in New Zealand already.

In reviewing Melanie’s New York show on the “Cry Baby Tour”, The New York Times wrote: “The music…perches prettily tinkling keyboards and concise pop choruses amid the slow, ominous basslines and twitchy percussion of Southern hip-hop — a candy-coated variation on the dirges of Lorde and Lana Del Rey.”

Since the release of her 2014 EP Dollhouse”, Melanie has continued to amass a loyal following, and the near universal critical acclaim garnered by the release of Cry Baby” has resulted in SOLD OUT extensive North American and Spring European tours. Melanie also has a string of upcoming performances at major music festivals Lollapalooza, Panorama, Bumbershoot, Osheaga and more.

Melanie conceives and directs all of her companion videos, and there can be no denying the strength of the visuals that accompany all of the songs on Cry Baby”. It also includes the hit singles ‘Dollhouse’ and ‘Carousel’, both first released in 2014 on her stunning debut, The Dollhouse” EP.

‘Dollhouse’ has proven to be an online phenomenon, with its compelling companion video’s individual views now exceeding 54 million. Similarly, ‘Carousel’, matched the chart and online success of ‘Dollhouse’ and the haunting video – filmed on Melanie’s native Long Island, NY – is another YouTube favourite with more than 34 million views and counting. The numbers continue to be staggering in volume, with first single ‘Pity Party’ views now exceeding the 45 million view mark, second single ‘Soap’ at over 24 million views and title track ‘Cry Baby’ sitting on 20+ million and counting.

Now her latest, the kaleidoscopic ‘Alphabet Boy’, continues the online phenomenon, earning over 1 million individual views in the first eight hours of its release, making it Melanie’s fastest-growing video yet. ‘Alphabet Boy’ now boasts total views exceeding 11 million and her YouTube channel now has over 2.2 million subscribers.

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Katchafire, Kora & Sunshine Sound System @ The Powerstation : 5, 6 Aug 2016

kafkorasss_3Join Katchafire, Kora, and The Sunshine Sound System for their now annual midwinter show at The Powerstation.

The show welcomes home Katchafire, New Zealand’s hardest working and most consistently touring band – fresh off the back of their US tour #burnitdown, where they played over 40 shows (including festivals alongside reggae and hip-hop heavyweights Damian Marley and Charli 2Na).

Widely regarded as one of NZ’s most electric live bands KORA will be taking a break from studio sessions where they have been working on new material due for release in 2016. From the studio to the stage, we’re hoping for a taste of the new tracks when Kora join Katchafire @ The Powerstation this August.

Sunshine Sound System are the last part of the equation, rounding off the party with their signature energy-packed performances, and their ability to warm up the audience just right.


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The Internet @ The Powerstation : 2 Aug 2016


The LA-based soul collective began as two people – Syd Tha Kyd and producer/synth player Matt Martians. An offshoot of Odd Future, THE INTERNET blends smooth electronic urban soul, with chugging drums and slinking bass lines overlaid by front-woman Syd’s honeyed vocals. Syd taught herself how to record, engineer, and produce at age 15.  She also sings, imbuing every song with a sultry, mellifluous, quiet power.  Matt produces and plays synths. Like all post-modern relationships, the duo initially met on Myspace in 2008, only to meet in-person three years later.

THE INTERNET started their own band in 2011.  Syd had been writing music since she was small; she put this on hold to become OF’s DJ and producer, and picked her songs back up in 2011 to make her first full-length album with Matt.  THE INTERNET have now released three albums – 2011’s Purple Naked Ladies, 2012’s Feel Good and 2015’s Ego Death which they are currently touring.

When they play live, THE INTERNET is a full band – swelling to a six-person outfit with Patrick Paige II, Christopher Allan Smith, Jameel Bruner and Steve Lacy joining Syd and Matt.  They began playing together to tour behind Feel Good, and since then the band members all contributed their talents to THE INTERNET’s latest album, the Grammy nominated Ego Death – their most evolved album to date, featuring guest appearances from the likes of Janelle Monae, Tyler, the Creator, and Vic Mensa.

Recorded in the band’s hometown of Los Angeles, Ego Death is a heady mix of confessions and come-ons, shiny Rhodes keyboard glimmers, chugging drums, slinking bass lines, and Syd’s honeyed voice anchoring the mix.  It’s a record that connects the dots between Digable Planets, Erykah Badu’s Baduizm, the warm, inviting breezes of the West Coast, and the stories that only happen very late at night or very early in the morning, all played by musicians who are carrying the soul torch for the new generation.

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