Snarky Puppy is the band you need to see before you die.
Doesn't matter what genre you're in to (I'm a died-in-the-wool metalhead)... you owe it to yourself to see Michael League (bassist) and his Extraordinary Gentlemen at your earliest convenience.
It shouldn't be too long before you get your next opportunity... this is the second time in less than a year they've visited NZ (I flew to Wellington last June to see them at the Jazz Fest).
They're still touring their latest record Culcha Vulcha (which in my opinion is by no means their best work... though it won them their 3rd Grammy!), but it was a totally different show to Wellington. The band draws from a huge pool of members. It's a collective of musical genius centred around the core group of half a dozen dudes, some of whom were notably missing on this particular night at the Powerstation. Cory Henry, Bill Laurence and Nate Werth would have been great to see, but their slots were filled with brimming talent.
Whatever their line up they bring a flavour of jazz/funk that ("like all jazz", some would say... but not I) brings forth the very joy of music. The Powerstation was filled with happy people last Thursday night. Beaming faces nodding to the music and shaking with incredulity at the quality of the performance. It wasn't perfectly polished the whole time, but hey... sometimes it's just cooler not to be. Being a little loose at times just enhanced the connection with the audience, and gave the whole thing a very intimate and personal feeling. Like we were the ones giving them the energy to hit those high notes.
My favourite part of the night was during the intro to their encore 'Lingus'. Shaun Martin (synthesizers and general all-round hardcase guy) decided to forgo his talkbox intro... and instead encouraged Mike to start with a bass solo instead. Mike was a bit reluctant but after some more Shaun-led coaxing from the audience, turned on a fantastic bit 'o bass wizardry, right off the cuff.
If I had one gripe it would be that the drum kit wasn't well mic'd (miked..?) so the intricacies of JT's solos, particularly his work on the snare, were somewhat lost. It was a powerhouse performance though, hitting solid ground when it needed to and blending well with Japanese percussionist Keita Ogawa.
Snarky Puppy is the band you need to see before you die. If you can't wait, YouTube "We Like It Here"... sit back and let them weave their way into your your musical DNA.
Snarky Puppy are (or were on that particular Thursday night in Auckland):
Bobby Sparks - keys/hammond organ Mark Lettieri - guitar Jason 'JT' Thomas - drums Justin Stanton - rhodes organ/trumpet Kaita Ogawa - percussion Chris Bullock - sax/flute Mike Maher - trumpet/flugel horn Shaun Martin - keys/synths/vocoder/talkbox Michael League - bass
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!
One month on from the release of their third album [Wade Waist Deep], American rock band Thomas Wynn & The Believers are back on the road, breaking beyond the southern rock scene with complex, pulsing rhythms and breathtaking harmonies.
From the soaring Jerusalem and patriotic Rule Britannia to iconic Brit pop and much-loved classics, Auckland Symphony Orchestra will take you on a musical journey that will have you dropping your cuppa and singing your heart out!
Johnny Barker is back with the release of his latest album 'Sleepwalking'. Now known simply as BARKER, many Kiwis will recognise him from TV shows such as Cover Band, Go Girls and as the terrifying and iconic Shortland Street character, Joey Henderson aka The Ferndale Strangler.
Ever get a catchy ad tune stuck in your head? Then prepare yourself for 20 of them…! After an award-winning season in Wellington, Jingles - The Musical will thrill Auckland audiences with a reinterpretation of classic New Zealand ad melodies – telling a hilarious story of a small-town girl perched on the edge of stardom.
Delaney Davidson ~ New Zealand’s very own travelling troubadour, loop maestro, noir protagonist, promotional coyote and production svengali is now also the star of his very own documentary, Devil In The Parlour, which is a part of the Doc Edge Film Fest that gets underway in Auckland this week.
After reviewing the latest album by The Sad Song Co. I wanted to sit down and chat more with Nigel Powell about how it came together, and how being a solo artist fits into his life touring with Frank Turner.
Five albums deep, Jonathan Notley (Bliss), Max McKinnon (Eso) and Tarik Ejjamai (DJ Izm) better known as BLISS N ESO, one of Australia's most successful and esteemed acts, recently stopped by New Zealand to not only celebrate the upcoming release of their highly anticipated sixth studio album Off The Grid, but also announce their first tour throughout NZ this July.
The 2017 Taite Music Prize takes place tonight, Tuesday April 18th at an invite only event at the Civic Theatre's Wintergarden in Auckland City. We had the chance to flick nominee's LEISURE a few questions ahead of the award.
The 2017 Taite Music Prize takes place tonight, Tuesday April 18th at an invite only event at the Civic Theatre's Wintergarden in Auckland City. We had the chance to flick nominee's Hopetoun Brown a few questions ahead of the award.
Recently adding shows to his Australian Paper Aeroplane Request Tour to satisfy overwhelming demand, piano-pop virtuoso Ben Folds has announced that up-and-coming English singer-songwriter Lucy Rose will join the Australian and New Zealand tour run as support on her first ever Australasian visit.
Licensed and supported by Genesis and Peter Gabriel, Montreal-based Genesis’ tribute The Musical Box recreates the iconic show featuring music from the prog pioneers 1973 album Selling England By The Pound.
Today, Kevin Morby shares the stunning new video for the contemplative City Music standout 'Downtown's Lights.' Directed by Hugo Jouxtel and shot in Paris, the video - like that album - is a paean to the cities of the world, with the City of Lights taking center stage.
On the heels of The National claiming their first U.S. #1 at commercial radio on the AAA radio chart with ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’, the band has released ‘Carin at the Liquor Store’, accompanied by a video directed by Casey Reas, filmed by La Blogothèque and edited by Matthew Miller.
Last Friday at RoundheadStudio in Auckland, Neil Finn and his exotic ensemble delivered the first of his weekly live streams throughout August. The result was the breathtaking single, ‘More Than One Of You’, released today.
David Duchovny is an award-winning actor, filmmaker, director, New York Times best selling author and a singer songwriter, and has today announced he will perform his first-ever New Zealand concert dates, heading to Auckland and Wellington in February 2018.
On the cusp of their nationwide New Zealand tour which kicks off this September, The Black Seeds have dropped the boogie in their devastatingly great new video for their new, feel-good single, Freakin'.
Forgetting The Future is the 6th studio album from Melbourne rock royalty British India. Featuring current single 'Precious', it’s set for release on September 22 via the hyped team at Liberation. The band have also revealed the visually arresting video for 'Precious'.
Stone Temple Pilots roared on to the scene 25 years ago with their raucous debut Core. A breakout success, the album peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts, dominated radio waves with hits like ‘Sex Type Thing’ and ‘Wicked Garden’.