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The return of Ziggy Stardust - 177 | Regional News

The return of Ziggy Stardust

Some of New Zealand’s greatest rock musicians are coming together to perform David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in the album’s 50th year.  

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Dark pop for the midnight soul - 177 | Regional News

Dark pop for the midnight soul

Rising star Harper Finn will play a special show at Meow on the 11th of August to celebrate the release of his debut EP Newcomer.

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Cuba gets classical - 176 | Regional News

Cuba gets classical

It’s time to experience classical music with a twist thanks to Classical on Cuba, a vibrant weekend festival that includes 100 shows, over 40 music groups, and 19 Cuba Street venues.

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Deluxe done DIY - 176 | Regional News

Deluxe done DIY

High-energy pop band Hans Pucket heads to San Fran to gear up for their new record, which has more technicolour production involved – a deluxe high-budget sound done DIY.

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Bring your loud game - 175 | Regional News

Bring your loud game

Prolific Kiwi musician Greg Johnson heads back to Meow with his band to play an edgy set filled with rocky numbers, tracks from his latest album Tilt Your Interior, and staples from a career spanning more than 30 years.

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Bistecca alla Fiorentina – T-Bone y’all - 174 | Regional News

Bistecca alla Fiorentina – T-Bone y’all

T-Bone is “excited, elated, and extremely happy” for the upcoming release of their debut album Good ‘N Greasy, which they’ll serve rare and juicy to San Fran audiences on the 30th of June.

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Is it your birthday?  - 174 | Regional News

Is it your birthday?

Vera Ellen made her Flying Nun debut with It’s Your Birthday in October last year. Now, the Wellington and Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter is finally touring it.

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Deceptive simplicity  - 173 | Regional News

Deceptive simplicity

Described as “a saxophonist and composer of rare excellence and mettle”, Lucien Johnson is currently touring the country with his talented jazz quartet. Audiences can expect to hear and see music that’s both terrific and out of the ordinary.

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The stars have aligned - 173 | Regional News

The stars have aligned

Kiwi music legends The Black Seeds are about to embark on their first national tour in five years in support of their first album since 2017, Love & Fire.

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Five people having a jam - 173 | Regional News

Five people having a jam

Fresh from a huge Aussie tour postponed not once, not twice, but five times, L.A.B is back in New Zealand to play TSB Arena on the first national Matariki public holiday.

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Another layer of growth for Wiri Donna - 172 | Regional News

Another layer of growth for Wiri Donna

Wellington-based Indie riff rock artist Wiri Donna is feeling a lot of excitement and a little bit of relief about the release of her debut EP Being Alone.

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The world behind the work - 171 | Regional News

The world behind the work

Alt-indie musician Anthonie Tonnon is finally heading out on the Leave Love Out of this Tour with his latest album and full band in tow.

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An intimate evening of stories and laughter - 170 | Regional News

An intimate evening of stories and laughter

Ōtautahi-based singer-songwriter Lee Martin has just unveiled her new album Gypsy Soul, which she’ll perform at Meow on the 1st of May.

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Peaceful and wild all at once - 169 | Regional News

Peaceful and wild all at once

Country music star Jackie Bristow brings her fifth album Outsider to Petone this April.

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The art and the people who make it  - 168 | Regional News

The art and the people who make it

Local music series Pōneke Classical Sessions is back! Designed to make classical music accessible for wider audiences, the diverse programme will take place at Bedlam & Squalor on Cuba Street. 

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Jaz Paterson tours debut EP - 167 | Regional News

Jaz Paterson tours debut EP

Rising alt-indie-pop artist Jaz Paterson is set to perform Ache, which tracks the highs and lows of her early twenties, at Valhalla on the 31st of March.

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Mentor and student become peers - 166 | Regional News

Mentor and student become peers

Pianist Ingrid Schoenfeld and accordionist Jonathan Berkahn, a musical duo that began as mentor and student, will perform together at St Andrews on the Terrace.

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Kendall Elise finds strength in vulnerability - 166 | Regional News

Kendall Elise finds strength in vulnerability

Musician Kendall Elise is heading out on tour with her latest album Let The Night In, playing Moon in Newtown on the 11th of March.

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Ainslie Allen tours new album Betty - 165 | Regional News

Ainslie Allen tours new album Betty

“I feel it is time to share my own stories and sing my own songs”, country music singer Ainslie Allen says about her new album Betty, named after her nan. 

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Bassist pushes the boundaries  - 165 | Regional News

Bassist pushes the boundaries

Bassist and composer Umar Zakaria will draw on the “powerful and engaging” rhythms of Malay music at his upcoming Wellington gig.

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Lawrence Arabia Does Chant Darling - 164 | Regional News

Lawrence Arabia Does Chant Darling

Alt-indie artist Lawrence Arabia tours his sophomore album Chant Darling, which is having its long-awaited vinyl release after a full eighth-of-a-century on the market.

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An intimate evening with Jacquie  - 164 | Regional News

An intimate evening with Jacquie

Join vocalist Jacquie Fee and organist Christopher Yeabsley at Ivy Bar and Cabaret for a night of smooth jazz and sharp laughs.

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Join the Skramily - 163 | Regional News

Join the Skramily

Soak in the good-time vibes, catchy melodies, and hectic rhythms of Wellington pop group Skram at San Fran this January.

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Attention all bass-lovers - 162 | Regional News

Attention all bass-lovers

Presented by Church of Bass NZ, The Day Before Next Year is Wellington’s biggest multizone New Year’s Eve rave.

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Mel Parsons carries on - 161 | Regional News

Mel Parsons carries on

After COVID delays, award-winning singer-songwriter Mel Parsons is finally setting out on her Carry On Single Release Tour.

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Big feels from big feelers - 161 | Regional News

Big feels from big feelers

Songwriters Finn Johansson and Emily Fairlight will share the stage at two/fiftyseven on Willis Street on the 4th of December for an evening of white-hot emotion.

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How Jake Baxendale prepares to improvise - 160 | Regional News

How Jake Baxendale prepares to improvise

Pōneke saxophonist Jake Baxendale will champion improvisation in Striking Moments, coming to the Lovebite stage on the 11th of November.

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New EP speaks of hope  - 160 | Regional News

New EP speaks of hope

Writer, musician, and photographer MaryJane Thomson’s forthcoming EP This Is How The Deaf Speak blends piano with spoken word to explore undiscovered frontiers and hope for a brighter day.

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Expression painting the sky - 159 | Regional News

Expression painting the sky

Kiwi singer-songwriter Michael Llewellyn wrote his debut album Oh My Darling following a breakup and a neck injury. He’ll share the stories with us at Meow on the 30th of October.

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A happy-sad combo album - 158 | Regional News

A happy-sad combo album

The Phoenix Foundation’s Luke Buda has just released his first solo album in 12 years. He hopes you don’t cry too much at how awesome it is.

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Forget your problems with Tidal Rave - 157 | Regional News

Forget your problems with Tidal Rave

Tidal Rave toured their new sophomore album for just one weekend before lockdown struck. Now, they’re back in Pōneke to play Albumette and help you shake off your worries for a while.

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Moonlight Madness with Lou’ana - 156 | Regional News

Moonlight Madness with Lou’ana

Lou’ana will present a cosmic cocktail of sweet and soulful at Meow on the 21st of August when she performs her 2020 album Moonlight Madness.

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Yulia and Edith  - 156 | Regional News

Yulia and Edith

Award-winning contralto Yulia steps back into the spotlight to honour French chanteuse Edith Piaf.

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Grawlixes on their new album Love You to Death - 155 | Regional News

Grawlixes on their new album Love You to Death

Existential folk-pop band Grawlixes’ sophomore album feels like homesickness for a home that cannot be returned to and has the texture of magnolia petals after the rain.

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Psychedelic improvisation - 154 | Regional News

Psychedelic improvisation

Local jazz trio The Stinging Nettles, which features musicians from Phoenix Foundation and Orchestra of Spheres, will play Lovebite on the 22nd of July.

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Old songs, new memories - 154 | Regional News

Old songs, new memories

Mirroring the first tour she undertook solo in 2011, Hollie Fullbrook – aka Tiny Ruins – will perform her debut album Some Were Meant for Sea at San Fran in honour of its 10th anniversary.

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Kiwi music legends celebrate a classic - 153 | Regional News

Kiwi music legends celebrate a classic

Shihad’s Jon Toogood, Phoenix Foundation’s Luke Buda, Laughton Kora, and more will come together to perform Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

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Four EPs of life through the seasons - 152 | Regional News

Four EPs of life through the seasons

Multi-instrumental indie-folk artist and looping genius Graeme James is back in New Zealand with his new EP collection, which explores the emotional landscapes of autumn, winter, spring, and summer.

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Go behind closed doors with KITA - 151 | Regional News

Go behind closed doors with KITA

Wellington psychedelic trio KITA’s debut album will magnify their experience of lockdown at San Fran this June.

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Miles Calder snaps out of autopilot - 150 | Regional News

Miles Calder snaps out of autopilot

Miles Calder is in the midst of a nationwide tour of his debut solo album Autopilot Life, written in the lead-up to the end of a long-term relationship.

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The Pink Floyd Experience shine on  - 149 | Regional News

The Pink Floyd Experience shine on

The Pink Floyd Experience will celebrate two of the band’s most revered albums, Animals and The Wall, when they play TSB Arena on the 29th of May.

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Nadia Reid at a theatre near you - 149 | Regional News

Nadia Reid at a theatre near you

Off the back of her highly successful 2020 album Out of My Province, Nadia Reid and her band will play The Opera House as part of a seven-date nationwide theatre tour.

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Bassist brings New York to Wellington  - 148 | Regional News

Bassist brings New York to Wellington

The Ollie Bomann Quartet will capture the spirit and freedom of New York’s jazz scene when they play Lovebite on the 29th of April.

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The Chills are on fire - 148 | Regional News

The Chills are on fire

Dunedin cult rock band The Chills are back with their seventh studio album Scatterbrain. Catch them live in Kāpiti and Wellington this May.

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The Veils to make a big ungodly racket  - 147 | Regional News

The Veils to make a big ungodly racket

Veils frontman Finn Andrews chats to Regional News about getting the indie alt-rock band together to play The Opera House in their first New Zealand tour since 2017.

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The Silver Beatlez bring back Beatlemania - 147 | Regional News

The Silver Beatlez bring back Beatlemania

Wellington-based tribute band The Silver Beatlez will perform a massive set of hits and deep cuts in Paraparaumu this month.

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Wellington Sea Shanty Society to hark to the heave-ho - 146 | Regional News

Wellington Sea Shanty Society to hark to the heave-ho

Set your sails for a salty singalong with the Wellington Sea Shanty Society and storyteller extraordinaire Louis Tait.

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Lake South and Birdfeeder on course for a brilliant collision - 145 | Regional News

Lake South and Birdfeeder on course for a brilliant collision

DIY pop artist Lake South and south seas psych-pop trio Birdfeeder will perform a double header at St Peter’s Hall in Paekākāriki this March.

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Leaving the news for the stage - 145 | Regional News

Leaving the news for the stage

After spending decades as a successful reporter for TVNZ, Ian Sinclair has left that life behind to pursue his passion for flamenco guitar.

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Recklessly eclectic grooves from Krispy & The Pooch - 144 | Regional News

Recklessly eclectic grooves from Krispy & The Pooch

Krispy & The Pooch have escaped the brutal Berlin winter to come back to New Zealand, where they’ll play their new EP Drop the Needle at Meow on the 18th of March.

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SOL3 MIO to wow Wellington  - 143 | Regional News

SOL3 MIO to wow Wellington

Amitai Pati of the acclaimed operatic-pop trio SOL3 MIO talks touring and the year that has been.

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Gerry Paul on writing music for kids - 143 | Regional News

Gerry Paul on writing music for kids

Gerry Paul and the Elephant Tree Band will play a wacky, wonderful family concert this New Zealand Fringe Festival.

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A collaboration years in the making - 143 | Regional News

A collaboration years in the making

After three years of anticipation, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra principal cello Andrew Joyce will join Camerata as the soloist for Joseph Haydn’s challenging Concerto No. 2 in D Major.

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Elemeno P on massive NZ tour - 142 | Regional News

Elemeno P on massive NZ tour

Frontman Dave Gibson, who lived in NYC in the thick of COVID-19, says the best part of 2020 was the end of it – jumping on a plane back to New Zealand to tour with Elemeno P. 

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Barry Saunders and Delaney Davidson’s blood deal gets thicker - 142 | Regional News

Barry Saunders and Delaney Davidson’s blood deal gets thicker

When Barry Saunders and Delaney Davidson first met, in a church, they joked about making a deal in blood. Speaking to me in the midst of another national tour, it’s clear the deal still stands.

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Villainy to rock Wellington  - 141 | Regional News

Villainy to rock Wellington

Rock band Villainy shake up the status quo with their new EP Beggar.

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New opera company set to soar  - 140 | Regional News

New opera company set to soar

Wellington Opera will officially launch in April 2021 with Mozart’s Don Giovanni.  

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Psychedelic fuzz duo tours new tunes  - 138 | Regional News

Psychedelic fuzz duo tours new tunes

Earth Tongue says audiences should be ready to mosh.

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Something good will come our way  - 137 | Regional News

Something good will come our way

New Zealand music icon Bic Runga will perform six special concerts across the North Island this spring.

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Reb Fountain to tour new album - 136 | Regional News

Reb Fountain to tour new album

Award-winning singer-songwriter Reb Fountain released her new self-titled album while New Zealand was in the thick of COVID-19.

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JessB releases confident collection of high-class hip-hop - 135 | Regional News

JessB releases confident collection of high-class hip-hop

Auckland-based rapper JessB will launch her new mixtape 3 Nights in Amsterdam across Aotearoa this October. Recorded with local producers in the capital of the Netherlands, she calls the six-track work “a very high-energy project.”

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