Tag: Wellington

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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Shakey Graves shakes down Bodega (photo essay)

Shakey Graves shakes down Bodega (photo essay)

I was lucky enough to see Alejandro Rose-Garcia – a.k.a. Shakey Graves – twice in one week. This time, with his 2-piece band in tow, Rose-Garcia shook down Bodega for 90 minutes with his high-energy blend of blues-rock. It didn’t take long for pearls of sweat to drip off the Texas gentleman’s face, a testament to the energy he brought […]

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Calexico Conquers Wellington (gig review)

Calexico Conquers Wellington (gig review)

For nearly twenty years, Calexico has become one of the most influential bands in music. One of the groups at the forefront of the alt-country and Americana movement, the Tuscon, Arizona collective have helped pave the way for a new era of stars in Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes, and The Lumineers. While the multi-member band […]

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Aldous Harding’s powerful performance at Meow, Wellington

Aldous Harding’s powerful performance at Meow, Wellington

Last Saturday night (or Friday night for those in North America), mysterious singer/songwriter Aldous Harding graced the stages of Wellington’s Meow as part of her New Zealand tour. Performing solo, with the occasional assistance of a keyboardist, Harding enthralled a seated full house with her unique blend of alternative folk and her haunting, powerful voice that was simply captivating. An […]

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Mac DeMarco reigns over Wellington

Mac DeMarco reigns over Wellington

It’s been 18 months since I last saw Mac DeMarco. It was at the 2014 edition of the Ottawa RBC Bluesfest, and before his gig we walked around the grounds to see if a) people recognized him and b) fans knew his full name. This little game of “What’s His Name” was amusing to say the least (you can watch […]

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The Phoenix Foundation – “Give Up Your Dreams”

The Phoenix Foundation – “Give Up Your Dreams”

It’s hard to believe that Samuel Flynn Scott, Luke Buda, and Conrad Wedde have been creating music together for over two decades. Granted, those early days were at a time when the three were in high school and likely jamming to the hits of the time or maybe even to Pavement or Sonic Youth songs given their early sound. It […]

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Glass Vaults – “Sacred Heart”

Glass Vaults – “Sacred Heart”

  From New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington comes electro-/dream-pop duo Glass Vaults. Comprised of Richard Larsen and Rowan Pierce, Glass Vaults have released several singles and an album, 2014’s Bright EP. Their sound is what you would expect to hear of a band from New Zealand – lush, vibrant, and utterly cool. Their latest single, “Sacred Heart”, has a […]

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