Author: Jasper Rain

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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Auckland City Limits – Recap

Auckland City Limits – Recap

The inaugural Auckland City Limits festival managed to fit swaying, jamming, rocking, head-banging and raving all into one day at Western Springs in West Auckland. In typical fashion, the big smoke managed to turn on four seasons in one day, giving festival goers light showers at key intervals in the smouldering hot New Zealand sun. A steady throng of indie rockers, […]

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Nadia Reid, Darren Hanlon, and Anthonie Tonnon score a hat trick at Meow

Nadia Reid, Darren Hanlon, and Anthonie Tonnon score a hat trick at Meow

For the better part three weeks, two of New Zealand’s favourite offspring, Nadia Reid and Anthony Tonnon, have teamed up with legendary Australian folk storyteller Darren Hanlon for a country wide tour of “Urban Folk”. The trio made an appearance at Wellington’s Meow last Saturday. The trio started the evening performing on stage together before playing an entertaining game of “Rock, […]

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The Phoenix Foundation lift up Wellington (photo essay)

The Phoenix Foundation lift up Wellington (photo essay)

Having been together as a band for 20 years, The Phoenix Foundation have been an integral part of the New Zealand music scene since before I can remember, in fact, they were one of the first live performances I ever saw.  Despite their long stint playing together and having released six studio albums and a number of EP’s, TPF add […]

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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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