Clap Clap Riot

About Clap Clap Riot: Clap Clap Riot are a four-piece rock n’ roll band from Auckland, New Zealand, known for their raw and energetic songwriting and magnetic live shows. Following the release of an EP in 2009 produced by Jimmy Christmas (The D4), the band unveiled their debut album ‘Counting...

Nicole Andrews

About Nicole Andrews: Nicole Andrews brings piano driven, alternative, haunting female vocals and dark themes. Nicole is a self-taught pianist from Portland Oregon, now based in Wellington, New Zealand. Her debut album ‘In the Shallows’, released February 28 2015, is a collection of introspective songs with echoes of Tori Amos,...

Ghetto Sunrise

About Ghetto Sunrise: Ghetto Sunrise have been hailed as the New Face of New Zealand Drum and Bass, bringing you a fine fusion of drum ‘n’ bass, dubstep and live electronica. Their 2014-released album sees the band depart from the roots-inspired electronica of their debut EP, and move into a...

These Automatic Changers

About These Automatic Changers: The sound of These Automatic Changers comes from everywhere and nowhere – it carves a crudely drawn map and embarks on a aural road trip through the shallows of blues music; from 70’s inspired satanic blues, chest thumping Neanderthal rock tone to swaggering proto-swing sneer straight...

Hotboxed Treehut

About Hotboxed Treehut: Hotboxed Treehut are a 7-piece roots, rock, rnb ensemble from the sweltering jungle of Tamaki Makaurau. With a melting pot of cultures and smooth riddims they have consistently packed venues since their conception. Over the past year they have continued on moving from strength to strength. Band...
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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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