What started out as quiet a sleepy, subdued atmosphere on Sunday night at Auckland's Powerstation quickly turned into a pumping 90’s house party once International hip-hop, soul, funk band Arrested Development took to the stage.
In a burst of colour, energetic frontman Speech led the way jumping straight into an instrumental welcome of African Intro before taking us right back to 1992 with Give A Man A Fish from debut album 3 years, 5 months & 2 days in the life of....
It’s been over 20 years since the group came bounding onto the scene with their Grammy Award winning tracks with hopeful and meaningful lyrics married with catchy hip hop beats, and it seems that 2016 is more than ready for the revival.
While silk scarves of all colours adorned the stiff black microphone stands, band members Speech, Fareedah and Tasha Larea bought the sunshine to the stage with the national African vibes of their attire while spending the whole evening bouncing around energetically while delivering their uplifting music.
Auckland ears and spirits were treated last night to an array of old favourites from the heavy hearted lyrics of Tennesee to the inspirational hit based on a homeless man Mr Wendel and of course who can forget the one that everyone came out tonight to hear, People Everyday! As soon as Speech started the scat and encouraged the crowd to join him, heads were bopping and fists pumping, this track is a feel good one for sure.
The band seemed to be having such a great time and were happy interacting with the crowd and installing a sense of wellbeing and freedom into the venue.
With the bouncy cover of House Of Pain’s Jump Around, you would find it hard to remember just how much hip hop has evolved over the years and the crowd got completely lost in time as everyone in the house sang along to the party classic.
Rapper One Love shared the mic time with Speech each switching over from turntable to vocalist keeping a nice balance of harmonic tunes and effortlessly rapped messages.
We danced and reminisced to so many of their hits, I was totally absorbed in historic vibes as they flowed seamlessly one from the other.
I was disappointed at the turnout tonight though. It would have been nicer to see a slightly bigger crowd, however it was apparent that everyone in the room was really glad to have been included on their Greatest Hits Tour, and the 90 minute set was nothing short of a massive success!
Playboi Carti is heading to Australia and New Zealand for the very first time in March. Young Carti will be stopping by Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland to deliver his chart busting tracks from his self-titled 2017 debut mixtape.
In the mid to late 90's, when grunge began to wither away and MTV strived to find the next easy to access label to attach to new batch of up and coming rock bands, global attention started to shine on the Alt Rock scene.
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!