For one night only this September get up with the get down at The Powerstation for the inaugural Super Soul Revue featuring an all stellar local line up - featuring Aaradhna, Tyra Hammond & the Tornadoes, Estère & the Hipstamatics.
Aaradhna's chart topping new album Brown Girl was recorded live in the US, written by Aaradhna and produced entirely by Jeff Dynamite of Brooklyn based Truth & Soul Records (Aloe Blacc, Adele, Lady, Lee Fields & The Expressions) featuring some of the greatest retro/soul instrumentalist’s and session players on the scene today, including Homer Steinweiss (Amy Winehouse), Leon Michaels (Lee Fields, Dr. John, Sharon Jones + The Dap Kings, The Black Keys) and Vincent John (Lee Fields, Lady). The queen of Pacific Soul headlines the first Auckland City Soul Review her band for the evening made up of some of our homegrown top players in their own right - Jeremy Toy & Chip Matthews from the Opensouls + The Tornadoes and Tom Broome from Homebrew + Esther Stevens and The Means.
Only one 7" release exists of Tyra Hammond and The Tornadoes, the now considered rare vinyl cut: You Got me Thinkin' / Huihui. Showcasing the amazing talent of Opensouls vocalist Tyra Hammond who has since gone on to forge a solo career and feature on many collaborations with the likes of Scribe, Ladi6 and @Peace. The band includes Julien Dyne (BBE, Wonderful Noise), Scott Towers (Fat Freddy's Drop), Chip Matthews, Jeremy Toy (Wonderful Noise, Hit + Run) and Cameron Allen. The Tornadoes live show consists of original Afro-beat inspired funk music and the band's own arrangements of classic B-Boy funk and breaks music.
Estère is acclaimed as being a one-of-a-kind performer, that has seen her (along with her MPC “Lola” ) open for international artists including Erykah Badu, Aloe Blacc & Morcheeba, and has put her on international stages worldwide including her most recent tour which included 5 date’s in Africa, 9 shows in the UK and 8 shows in France. Estère is currently in the process of writing her new album but makes time to stop in and get down for the Auckland City Soul Revue.
Hipstamatics are an expanding 10-piece who turn iconic songs into soulful, funky anthems. Made up from a collective of creatives, international seasoned players and soulful singers. The Hipstamatics sound and style is based on 60’s and 70’s Motown acts such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross.
Following the release of her critically-acclaimed debut album, Take Me Apart, Kelela returns with a new video. "Blue Light," one of the standouts from her breakthrough album, receives a sensual and alien-like visual accompaniment courtesy of director Helmi.
Breakthrough LA-based artist Lauv today reveals he will embark on his debut Australian and New Zealand tour in March next year, performing in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne before playing Auckland’s Powerstation on Monday 19th March.
The I Love The 90s Tour returns to Auckland next year March 23rd at Auckland’s Spark Arena, with a completely off the chain lineup featuring classic Hip Hop crew Naughty by Nature. Vin Rock from the Grammy Award winning rap group speaks fondly of this country and love of our people.
The Soundsplash Festival is returning to Raglan in January 2018. Local reggae favourites Katchafire are returning to feature on the bill. We sent a few questions over to lead vocalist Logan Bell ahead of the festival.
Following 2015’s Kitty, Daisy & Lewis'The Third', the sibling trio are back stronger than ever, harnessing their ability to create pop-infused soul, blues, rock n roll and a large mix of genres to perfection, in the shape of their fourth studio album, Superscope.
Kylie Price has just released her new album Bones. Last week she appeared on theNZ Entertainment Podcast, where she sang a new song I Dont Want To Go off the album while talking shop about her dream gig to play with Ed Sheeran and her Philipino roots.
Last week I caught up withPeter Hook ahead of returning down under for Australasian leg of the Joy Division and New Order Substance tour. We had a great chat about the spirit of punk, what it takes to write a book and why shows like the X-factor are so unhealthy…
Long established as one of New Zealand’s finest acts, South Pacific reggae-soul legends, The Black Seeds are set to tour the country in September, following the release of their long awaited 6th studio album Fabric, (out today - Friday September 8th).
Jacqueline Nalpant is a Booking Agent for the Paradigm Talent Agency, and is heading to New Zealand early next month where she'll be one of the speakers for the Going Global Music Summit (Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September at Roundhead Studios, Auckland).
Since making her musical debut with her song Drift early last year, fast attracting a solid fan base and over 1 million plays across Spotify and Soundcloud in just a few months, Madeline North, better known by her musical moniker So Below, has once again blessed us with a moodier, masterful electro-pop banger, titled Ruin.
Since forming in 1998, the Antwerp, Belgium based trio Triggerfinger have long become a mainstay on the rock scene, building a solid reputation across Europe, the US, Canada and beyond, as one of the hardest-driving and sharpest dressing bands around.
Popular metalcore group Northlane are on their way to New Zealand. The Sydney band are touring North America taking in countries like Chile and Mexico as they head our way down-under next month to play Wellington’s San Fran then Auckland at the iconic Kings Arms.
Returning to New Zealand for the first time in three years, Australian metalcore band In Hearts Wake are on their way to our shores next month for a quick run of shows supporting their label cohorts Northlane.
Courtney Marie Andrews has landed in New Zealand, and set to play two concerts this week with Joe Pug - tonight at San Fran in Wellington (Wed July 19) and tomorrow night at The Tuning Fork in Auckland (Thu July 20).
Auckland two-piece Skinny Hobos, Alex Elvis and Texas Holdom, are heading on a 5 date New Zealand tour with headliners Decades, Bakers Eddy and Dead Favours. Kicking off tonight in Hamilton (July 14), the tour will also take them to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and finishes up in Dunedin.
Have you ever considered sharing your most personal experiences with the entire world? Well come this Friday 14th July, that’s what Emma Cameron, the rocking front-woman of kiwi band Decades is about to do, when they release their long-awaited full length debut album, The Truth And Other People, so we sat down with the cheerful front woman to discover just what truth this album reveals..
Whilst Sonny Landreth is a well known slide-guitar master, zydeco enthusiast and phenomenal blues legend, what you may not know about him, is that he is one of the nicest gentlemen in the entire universe.
He was always the boy next door type energy, that type of person you just always wanted to be around. From day one, Shay Taylor has always been one to break the mold and live life in such a vibrant and contagious manner, that no matter who he spoke to, they walked away feeling great!
After crisscrossing the Northern Hemisphere for over a year in support of their brilliant seventh studio album Ellipsis, Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro announce their return to New Zealand for one all-ages show at Spark Arena on April 24.