The Slacks

About The Slacks: The Slacks are the purveyors of proactivecrastination* at it’s sharpest and bring the infectiously festive Rolling Vibe, shifting seamlessly between rockabilly blues and country folk boogie woogie swing. *proactivecrastination (noun). the action of postponing or delaying dull duty for the purpose of recreating oneself and getting on...

Downfall of Humanity

About Downfall of Humanity: Downfall of Humanity bring tasty metal with tune from the depths of Laingholm, West Auckland. Combining the raw power of meatiness, heaviness and brutality with the richness of melody and harmony, Downfall Of Humanity strive to get their audience headbanging AND humming to their tunes. Band...

The Bads

About The Bads: If you’ve never heard of Kiwi group the Bads, you’ve still heard of the Bads – it wouldn’t make any sense for a record this accomplished to come from nowhere. The core of the group is duo Dianne Swann and Brett Adams (formerly known as the Julie...

Bernie Griffen and The Thin Men

About Bernie Griffen and The Thin Men: Founding member of The Grifters, Bernie Griffen has been front and centre of New Zealand’s music scene for nearly two decades, as long-time and well-loved host of 95bFM’s Border Radio show as well as performer and champion of independent Kiwi music. A singer-songwriter...

The Bonsai Birds

About The Bonsai Birds: The Bonsai Birds is a 3 piece band from Auckland, New Zealand. Influenced by Psyche​delic, Hard Rock and Improvisatio​nal Jams, The Bonsai Birds bring sounds that are real and vivid, sometimes sharp and violent and at other times expansive and deligh​tfully sultry. The Bonsai Birds’ first...
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The Last Strip! – Gig of the Month Sept 2015

The Last Strip! - Gig of the Month Sept 2015: What was your gig of the month? Easy call for me for September - got to say ‘The Last Strip!’, held at the iconic Las Vegas Strip Club on Auckland's K Rd. Bittersweet, without doubt, as the event marked the final weekend of New Zealand's longest established strip club, just prior to its sad closure after 53 years. But thanks ...
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Violet Highway

Violet Highway Gig Review

Violet Highway Gig Review: Fresh from recording their EP and ready to blow off some steam, three piece rock band Violet Highway held their EP release party at K Rd’s Backbeat Bar, a hub of up-and-coming local talent with the perfect moody basement vibe for Violet Highway’s gritty sound. Infused with blues, punk and pop influences, the band consists of Jacqui - guitarist and commanding powerhouse vocalist, Ant on bass ...
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Alien Weaponry

Alien Weaponry ‘Te Reo Metal’ song is a winner

Alien Weaponry ‘Te Reo Metal’ song is a winner: Northland thrash metal band Alien Weaponry have added three more successes to their resume for 2015, placing second in the National Finals of both the Smokefree Rockquest and the Smokefree Pacifica Beats competition. They also took out the Youth Performance Trust’s Native Reo Award at Pacifica Beats for their song Ruana Te Whenua (The Trembling Earth). Written entirely in Te Reo ...
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