Monthly Archives: April 2017

MILKY CHANCE @ The Powerstation : 26 Apr 2017

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The German dance-folk duo, comprised of Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch, rose to international stardom with the success of their infamous debut track, “Stolen Dance” (one of the most Shazamed songs in history) in 2013. Following its release, Rehbein and Dausch took the coveted number one spot in several countries, becoming “most blogged about act” on Hype Machine, and released a subsequent number of follow-up singles including “Down By The River” and “Flashed Junk Mind”, which appeared on their debut album, Sadnecessary. The duo has since embarked on multiple tours that took them across several continents, to the fields of Glastonbury, the desert of Coachella, and the stage of Lollapalooza.

With a new album on the near horizon, the pair have just shared a sleek new single called “Doing Good”, which follows the December release of debut Blossom track “Cocoon”.

Across Blossom, we’re introduced to a vigorous, secure Milky Chance. With that extended period of adventure and personal development now built into their roots, there’s a renewed sense of depth to the band’s serenely alluring jams. It’s a sound that pops and bursts into life, but running through its bedrock is a sense of learning and refection. Like their previous album Sadnecessary, there’s no doubt that Blossom will enter the ears of the music world with an unrelenting force – and their hearts. Ultimately though, this is a record that belongs to Milky Chance.

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THE DARKNESS @ The Powerstation : 20 Apr 2017

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Relive the classics from The Darkness’ outstanding debut album, Permission To Land (2003) right through to their most recent album, Last Of Our Kind. Expect gems like “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”, “Growing On Me”, “Love Is Only A Feeling”, “One Way Ticket” and many more.

Plus1 proudly presents The Darkness & Push Push, live at The Powerstation, Auckland, Thursday 20 April.

Looking forward to their first New Zealand tour aside from a short Big Day Out one-off show in 2004 – are Darkness brothers Justin and Dan Hawkins, Frankie Poullain (bass) and new drummer Rufus Taylor (son of Queen drummer Roger Taylor).

The band rose to stardom with the release of their debut album, Permission To Land which was certified quadruple platinum in the UK. Since 2003, they released three more albums (One Way Ticket To Hell… And Back, Hot Cakes and the most recent album, Last of Our Kind).

As a very special addition to the line-up, New Zealand’s own Push Push reform for their first shows after a 24 year-long break. The Kiwi legends – fronted by Mikey Havoc – will blast through the hits as well as unveil new material from their forthcoming EP, due out in the New Year. Push Push is Mikey Havoc (Vocals), Silver (Rhythm Guitar), Andy Kane (Lead Guitar), Steve Abplanalp (Bass), Scott Cortese (Drums).

The glam-rock five piece released their debut album in 1992, A Trillian Shades of Happy, which featured their #1 hit single “Trippin’”, and pushed the group further up into New Zealand’s singles chart with more hits such as “What My Baby Likes” and “Song 27”.

Lead guitarist, Andy Kane says of the reunion: “Pretty apt that we’re emerging from the darkness of the last 24 years to gig with The Darkness. We’re all frikkin pumped and totally amped to get back on stage together.”

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LINDSEY STIRLING @ The Powerstation : 19 Apr 2017

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In four years since the release of her 2012 self-titled debut, the electronic music impresario, classically trained violinist, dancer, and artist quietly and humbly became one of the 21st century’s most innovative stars by clinging to her ground-breaking vision of cinematic violin-driven electronic music. After bowing at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Dance/Electronic Album Chart, holding #1 on the Classical Album Chart for 21 consecutive weeks, and receiving a Billboard Music Award for “Top Dance/Electronic Album,” her sophomore opus Shatter Me would not only garner an RIAA Gold certification, but it would rank as the #2 Dance/Electronic Album and #1 Classical Album on Billboard’s 2015 Year-End charts.

Attracting nearly 8 million subscribers and 1.3 billion-plus views on YouTube by 2016, Forbes placed Lindsey at #4 on its yearly YouTube artists list, making her the highest-ranked female. Her headline tours would play to a cumulative audience of over 500,000 people worldwide, and her literary debut The Only Pirate at the Party—co-written with her sister Brook S. Passey—became a New York Times Bestseller.

When it came time to begin work on her third full-length album, Brave Enough [Lindsey Stomp Music, LLC], she took a look at her journey thus far and asked herself an important question….

“I basically wrote Shatter Me about overcoming my anorexia,” she admits. “So, I thought, ‘What’s the next step of the process?’ I realized that breaking free is just the beginning. In order to continue through the journey you have to decide every day not to crawl back into that shell when things get tough. It’s easy to fall into our old habits. You can’t feel true joy, if you numb the bad. Brave Enough is a continuation of the story. It draws on the same contrast of light versus dark, but the flow is very different. It starts in a place of less surety. As the record progresses, it softens and turns more optimistic and hopeful. I’m way closer to the place I’m seeking than when I started this album.”

However, she faced one of the toughest years of her life in the process. Finishing up a whirlwind of touring, Lindsey returned to Los Angeles to commence writing in August 2015. Her best friend and pianist Gavi was then hospitalized, tragically passing away shortly thereafter. His influence and spirit left an indelible mark on the entire creative process.

“That was the hardest thing I ever went through,” she sighs. “I just wanted to become a workaholic and mask all of my feelings. But I had to feel them, let them sink in, and express them. I believe that our loved ones can be close to us even after they pass. Every day I went to the studio, I wore something that reminded me of him, whether it was one of his old shirts, a necklace he had given me, his beanie, or something. I’d ask for his help that way. Now, I feel his presence throughout the music because I know he was there with me inspiring me. When he died, I didn’t know where this album was headed. It came out very differently than I’d imagined in the best way possible. I lived what I learned from Shatter Me.”

The first single “Something Wild” [featuring Andew McMahon] sways between her majestic violin, acoustic, guitar, handclaps, and an empowering and energized refrain. McMahon’s staggering range perfectly complements Lindsey’s expansive sonic vision. Elsewhere, “Hold My Heart” [featuring ZZ Ward] couples a propulsive beat with a lyrical violin line before culminating on an unshakable hook and sweeping bridge. There’s magic in the intersection of ZZ Ward’s smoky blues intonation and Lindsey’s inimitable instrumentation.

“I came into the session saying, ‘I don’t want a man to hold my hand. I just want one to hold my heart,’” she recalls. “That’s the tagline of the song. I knew the feeling for the music and ZZ and I wrote the lyrics together. For the song ‘Lost Girls’ the video will pick up where the ‘Shatter Me’ story left off. The ballerina has broken out of the snow globe and now she has to face everything new joys and fears in a new world.”

On the album, “Where Do We Go” [featuring Carah Faye] tempers resounding piano with a violin lead and Carah Faye’s impressive delivery. “Sometimes, you do everything right in life, but the answer is still, ‘No,’ that’s not what your path is meant to be,’” she explains. “It made me think about Gavi. I prayed so hard he’d get better, but he didn’t. It’s about faith and trusting that God knows what is best for us and he has a perspective that we cannot see.”

In addition to a barrage of instrumental epics, Brave Enough boasts a few more dream collaborations for Lindsey. Christina Perri would join forces with her on the title track, while Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo—whose music Lindsey covered in her high school band—lent his talents to “Don’t Let The Feeling Fade” alongside rapper Lecrae. EDM superstar Zedd teamed up to produce “Love Is A Feeling” [featuring Rooty] Welcoming these voices and perspectives with open arms, her playing binds together the entire musical narrative.

“I’ve learned how to open my heart in a way I’ve never opened it before,” she goes on. “You have to be brave to do that. That’s why the album is called Brave Enough. Vulnerability is often seen as a sign of weakness, however the exact opposite is true. The people who are authentic and vulnerable are the bravest. Gavi, was so Brave. He loved with his whole heart and after he passed, I had to be brave enough to keep going.”

Now, she’s ready to share that message with countless fans worldwide.

“I want people to feel like they can be brave enough do the things they want to do,” she leaves off. “Everybody has hopes and dreams. Teach yourself to gain the courage you may not have in the moment. This record is proof you can.”

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SNARKY PUPPY @ The Powerstation : 6 Apr 2017

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This a chance to catch one of the most acclaimed bands in contemporary music stepping out to do what they do best – bring down the house. Snarky Puppy sold out their last NZ show at the NZ Festival 2016 in Wellington and this Auckland show is sure to follow suit.

After a decade of relentless touring and recording Snarky Puppy are enjoying their status as one of the major figures in the jazz world. Two Grammy awards (Best R&B Performance in 2014, Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2016) reflect their continuing success and Snarky Puppy enthral ever growing audiences around the world.

Snarky Puppy is a collective of sorts with as many as 25 members in regular rotation. They each maintain busy schedules as sidemen (with such artists as Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and D’Angelo), producers (for Kirk Franklin, David Crosby, and Salif Keïta), and solo artists (many of whom are on the band’s indy label, GroundUP Music).

At its core, the band represents the convergence of both black and white American music culture with various accents from around the world. Japan, Argentina, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Puerto Rico all have representation in the group’s membership. But more than the cultural diversity of the individual players, the defining characteristic of Snarky Puppy’s music is the joy of performing together in the perpetual push to grow creatively.

The band was formed by bassist and primary composer Michael League in 2003, starting inconspicuously enough as a group of college friends at the University of North Texas’ Jazz Studies program.

Three years later, a serendipitous intersection with the Dallas gospel and R&B community in Dallas transformed the music into something funkier, more direct, and more visceral. It was at this time that the group absorbed musicians like Robert “Sput” Searight (drums), Shaun Martin (keyboards), and Bobby Sparks (keyboards), and were heavily influenced by legendary keyboardist Bernard Wright (Miles Davis, Chaka Khan, Marcus Miller).

Independent since their inception almost 13 years ago, Snarky Puppy’s grass-roots approach to the changing music industry has met major critical and commercial success, as well as two Grammy awards in three years. Voted “Best Jazz Group” in the 2015 Downbeat Reader’s Poll and called “one of the most versatile groups on the planet” by Rolling Stone, they have performed over 1,200 concerts across six continents.

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ALTER BRIDGE WITH SPECIAL GUESTS LIKE A STORM @ The Powerstation : 1 Apr 2017

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Orlando, Florida-based rock legends Alter Bridge are today announcing that they will return to Australian shores in April 2017, presented by MJR Presents. Early October 2016 saw Alter Bridge release their latest studio album ‘The Last Hero’ in Australia – to an ARIA #6 album chart debut. With an obviously loyal and ravenous fanbase down under, Alter Bridge are coming down under to celebrate the success.

Alter Bridge’s album Fortress was released in 2013 and it was clear their fans were eagerly waiting for them to return. Now the rock juggernaut comprised of Myles Kennedy on vocals/guitars, Mark Tremonti on guitars/vocals, Brian Marshall on bass and Scott Phillips on drums are returning to Australia on the back of their fifth album, The Last Hero. The new release is a monster that builds upon the sound that Alter Bridge has become known for with their uncompromised vocal melodies, untouchable dueling guitar work and pounding rhythm section.

Founded in 2004, the quartet immediately went gold in the US with their debut album One Day Remains – and that was just the beginning. Each and every subsequent critically acclaimed release would hit the top album charts in Alter Bridge`s home country, find partnerships with the likes of WWE, MLB and ESPN, and concerts around the globe created a legion of supporters known as the AB Nation! Europe also pledged their allegiance. Alter Bridge`s 2013 effort Fortress gave the band their highest chart entries in Germany, the UK, Austria and Switzerland.

The Last Hero creates musical imagery to showcase a common theme that runs throughout the record: paying tribute to, and touching on the need for heroes and leaders in a complex world. “Show me a leader that won`t compromise – show me a leader so hope never dies.“

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