Tag: Auckland

Racing at Meow, Wellington

Racing electrify Meow in Wellington (photo essay)

On Saturday night, Auckland-based Racing brought their The Bass EP tour to Wellington’s Meow. It was the last stop of the band’s cross-country tour, and the quartet didn’t hold anything back, playing for nearly 90 minutes. Before describing the band’s music and show, it is important to describe Ed Knowles’ presence. Imagine for a moment that Dr. Frankenstein was tasked […]

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Fazerdaze – ‘Morningside’ (album review)

Fazerdaze – ‘Morningside’ (album review)

Morningside by Fazerdaze Every generation has a few defining albums. Nirvana’s Nevermind and In Utero represented the angst of teenagers and college students in the early ’90s. The Velvet Underground & Nico’s eponymous LP was arguably the pinnacle of the liberation revolution that swelled across the Western world and in music. Spice by The Spice Girls was more than just […]

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Stella’s Stars of 2016

Stella’s Stars of 2016

I have been making photographs now for exactly three years, in fact, December 14th is the anniversary of my first proper photo gig – Peter Murphy from goth legends Bauhaus – now that was a wicked trip. 2016 has been a real mixed bag in terms of gigs, and definitely a tale of two cities for me. I have taken photos in small clubs, university bars and giant arenas. […]

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MADEIRA – “Bad Humors” EP

MADEIRA – “Bad Humors” EP

Music is immensely therapeutic, whether one is the artist or the listener. For Kim Pflaum, the former member and co-founder of rising New Zealand electro-pop band Yumi Zouma, the past two-plus years have been dedicated to healing and finding herself again. The struggles, the pain, and the redemption of this time are revealed on her tantalizing and thoughtful debut EP, Bad Humors, […]

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Anna Coddington – “Without A Fight” (single premiere)

Anna Coddington – “Without A Fight” (single premiere)

All Anna Coddington needs to do is discover the cure for cancer and win the Nobel Peace Prize because the Auckland-based artist has practically done it all. Her résumé is remarkable. New Zealanders will recognize Coddington for her longstanding involvement with Kiwi super-collective Fly My Pretties, playing guitar and drums and singing vocals. Her solo work has also garnered national […]

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Anthonie Tonnon – “Successor”

Anthonie Tonnon – “Successor”

When New Zealand singer-songwriter Anthonie Tonnon announced last December he was releasing a new album, we immediately included it in our most anticipated records of 2015. Successor, Tonnon’s sophomore album, was originally to be dropped in North America in March, but instead it saw a limited release in New Zealand in the spring. Now, at long last, Successor will be hitting digital and […]

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Joseph & Maia – “Sorrento”

Joseph & Maia – “Sorrento”

  Not all bands from New Zealand are immersed into the folk scene. Take duo Joseph & Maia, who have been influenced by the alt-country of such notable stars such as Ryan Adams but whose sound is reminiscent of Australian greats The Middle East. In 2013, they released their debut EP via Sony Music New Zealand, Roll Up Your Sleeves. Joseph & Maia […]

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Strange Babes – “Holiday”

Strange Babes – “Holiday”

Strange Babes are a psych-pop collective from Los Angeles and Auckland. Their music can be summery and uplifting or euphoric and delirious, such as on “Holiday”, which is the lead single from their self-titled, debut album. The record echoes of the Jacuzzi Boys and The Smith Westerns, so sit back and enjoy this terrific LP. Two additional tracks from the album are provided […]

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