Tag: Wellington

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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Mermaidens – ‘Perfect Body’ (album review)

Mermaidens – ‘Perfect Body’ (album review)

Perfect Body by Mermaidens Mermaidens have long represented beauty, grace, mystery, and even desire. Daryl Hannah portrayed a mermaid in the movie Splash, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid is an all-time classic. Even the mythological gods Neptune and Poseidon have been depicted as mermen, revealed as powerful entities from a different realm. But for Wellington-based trio Mermaidens, they’ve taken their namesake, put it in […]

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Japandroids at San Fran Bath House in Wellington (photo essay)

Japandroids at San Fran Bath House in Wellington (photo essay)

On Saturday night (July 22nd), Canadian rock duo Japandroids made a stop at San Fran in Wellington, New Zealand as part of their world tour in support of their excellent new album, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life. In his review of the record, Ben wrote: (‘Near To The Wild Heart Of Life’) matches the sonic intensity of Springsteen’s […]

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Anxiety Club – “Be Still” (video premiere)

Anxiety Club – “Be Still” (video premiere)

Wellington’s motto is “the coolest little capital in the world,” and the New Zealand city has earned it. Despite a population that is just four percent the size of London, Wellington possesses fantastic restaurants, excellent micro-breweries, and an exceptional arts community. Its music scene is surprisingly rich and diverse, but you have to live here to really appreciate it. One […]

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Tash Sultana warms up a chilly Wellington (photo essay)

Tash Sultana warms up a chilly Wellington (photo essay)

After coming off tour around Australia, Tash Sultana jumped across to the ditch to perform in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. The 21-year old looping artist from Melbourne impressed the crowd with her beautiful voice and musical range. Sultana’s brother, Josh Cashman, opened the night playing some favourites, such as “Wishful Imagery” and “Running”. Cashman’s performance was the perfect build up […]

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Fly My Pretties – “Closer” (video premiere)

Fly My Pretties – “Closer” (video premiere)

Every country has a band to call their own, where every single and album is fully embraced by the locals and every show is sold out. The fandom spans generations, as grandparents are attending gigs with their kids and grandchildren. In Canada, The Tragically Hip are that band. In Australia, The Jezabels and Cold Chisel would don the crowns. In […]

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Andrew Keoghan delights the crowd at Meow in Wellington (photo essay)

Andrew Keoghan delights the crowd at Meow in Wellington (photo essay)

As I sat and watched Andrew Keoghan perform last Thursday night at Meow, eight words repeatedly flowed through my head, “He should be more popular than he is.” In a different era, the Kiwi citizen now Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist would be a star. He’s a combination of Andrew Bird, Babyface, and Julia Holter with a voice that equally […]

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French for Rabbits & Secret Knives perform at San Fran in Wellington (photo essay)

French for Rabbits & Secret Knives perform at San Fran in Wellington (photo essay)

A lot has changed since French for Rabbits first formed in 2012. At the time, Brooke Singer and John Fitzgerald were two friends living in the cozy, seaside town of Waikuku Beach on New Zealand’s South Island and writing whispery, wind-swept dream-folk and dream-pop. After the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, Spirits, the duo saw their popularity heighten […]

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Reflecting with Lydia Cole (interview and concert photography)

Reflecting with Lydia Cole (interview and concert photography)

As she was about to start the fourth song of her final New Zealand date, Lydia Cole spoke of a young woman – a long-time fan from Gisborne who had planned to attend the show. A family accident, however, prevented her from coming, and Cole dedicated “Time Is A Healer” to her, singing it with the grace and power of a person […]

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An evening with Kane Strang, Fazerdaze, and girlboss (photo essay)

An evening with Kane Strang, Fazerdaze, and girlboss (photo essay)

On Saturday night at one of Wellington’s newest venues, Caroline, which is known for its Tetris-patterned lights, hosted a bill featuring three of New Zealand’s fastest rising artists. And none of them were the same, displaying the depth of talent in this small country of roughly four million people. Opening the gig was Wellington’s own girlboss, project of former Wet […]

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PJ Harvey casts a spell on Wellington (review and photo essay)

PJ Harvey casts a spell on Wellington (review and photo essay)

Polly Jean Harvey – or simply PJ Harvey – is arguably the most complex and cerebral artist in music. She is a chameleon, constantly evolving with each and every album so that no two records in her 25-year career as a frontwoman and solo artist sound alike. Whether it is the theatrical and symphonic, avante-garde rock, mythical and mystical, or […]

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Fly My Pretties soar on a windy night in Wellington (photo essay)

Fly My Pretties soar on a windy night in Wellington (photo essay)

There are music collectives and then there are Fly My Pretties. There are very few bands in the world that could match the talent and size of the Kiwi group, who currently are at fifty members. For their current tour around New Zealand, however, “only” fourteen made the trip. Their stop in Wellington on Sunday was a special event. For […]

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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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An intimate evening with Broods

An intimate evening with Broods

Sister-brother duo Broods have become one of music’s fast-rising groups over the past two years – not just in New Zealand and Australia but globally. They have opened for Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding, and Lorde penned a song for them. This year, they performed to 20,000 people in Los Angeles, which included Taylor Swift in the audience. When headlining […]

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MADEIRA, girlboss light up Wellington’s MOON (gig review and photo essay)

MADEIRA, girlboss light up Wellington’s MOON (gig review and photo essay)

On a cool, Saturday evening, Wellington’s favorite dive bar MOON opened its doors to MADEIRA and girlboss. Given the music that these two singer-songwriters have crafted to date, expectations were that the show would be very intimate. The opposite was true to delight of the few hundred people in attendance. The headliner this night was MADEIRA. Featured a few times in […]

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Nadia Reid’s arresting performance at Meow in Wellington (gig review)

Nadia Reid’s arresting performance at Meow in Wellington (gig review)

To witness 500 hundred pairs of eyes completely focused on an artist for more than an hour is a sight to behold, which is exactly what Nadia Reid did on Wednesday night at Meow in Wellington, New Zealand. The entire event exhibited Reid’s musical talent and potential, and just how far she has come in a short time. The Port […]

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The Ethereal Ambience of Julianna Barwick (show review)

The Ethereal Ambience of Julianna Barwick (show review)

To observe artists in their environment is often a sight to behold. The superstars often offer shows that include massive screens, choreographed dance numbers, and special effects. They are more spectacles than concerts. But when an artist is traveling by herself and performing in small venues, that is when you get to see her talents shine. Where you truly get […]

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Black Mountain storms in to Wellington’s Bodega

Black Mountain storms in to Wellington’s Bodega

“Take some tape to re-affix your face afterwards!”, wrote my friend and The Revue colleague Hollie Daugherty to me. It was important advice, as I was leaving to see Black Mountain‘s first appearance in Wellington, New Zealand. After traveling across the Pacific and playing in Auckland the night before, the Vancouver-based, psychedelic prog-rockers could have mailed it in, and no […]

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Screaming Females scorch Wellington’s Valhalla with Street Chant and Bozo

Screaming Females scorch Wellington’s Valhalla with Street Chant and Bozo

As Marissa Paternoster, Jarrett Dougherty, and King Mike walk up to the stage at Wellington’s Valhalla, they virtually go unnoticed. Or maybe it is just the politeness of Wellingtonians. Regardless, the trio take their spots and do some last minute adjustments and tuning. Not a word is said between the three, and only the chatter of the crowd can be […]

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French For Rabbits & Fraser Ross at Caroline (photo essay)

French For Rabbits & Fraser Ross at Caroline (photo essay)

Photos by Jasper Rain, words by Ben Yung with contributions from Jasper For the two of us, seeing New Zealand’s outfit French for Rabbits was high on the live music list. Their combination of dream-pop and indie folk has long mesmerized all of us at The Revue since we first featured them as a hidden gem and the subsequent occasions […]

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