One of the most versatile R&B/hip-hop artist of this decade, Blackbear, is set to bring his Digital Druglord tour to New Zealand, hitting up Auckland’s The Studio this November.
Blackbear isn’t afraid to keep true to himself and the results are paying off. The new album, Digital Druglord, continues the upward trend and raises the bar to new heights. After teasing his third album for months on Twitter, the new 10-track record has critics rejoicing over its unique blend of sharp R&B/rap/hip-hop that effortlessly weaves in and out of slow jams and floor-fillers. The success of the album couldn’t come at a better time as he sets out on one of his most ambitious tours to date.
A native of Los Angeles, Blackbear – born Matthew Musto – is no stranger to writing and recording hits. You might not know it, but you’ve been listening to him for years. Blackbear co-wrote the Justin Bieber worldwide smash-hit Boyfriend with Mike Posner back in 2012. Already a millionaire at the age of 21, he released his first solo album Deadroses with special guests Travis Mills, G-Eazy and James Blake. His second album Help naturally topped the Billboard’s Uncharted list in 2014.
A few side projects later (including an album with Mike Posner) we have the full incarnation of Blackbear with 2017’s Digital Druglord. With the precision of a surgeon, he expertly touches on the themes close to home: drugs, money and sex.
This is an opportunity to see the perfect amalgamation of modern hip-hop and R&B in person this November.
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.
Chicago’s finest wordsmith Mick Jenkins returns after a brilliant Laneway Festival set in January, and this time he’s crossed state lines to partner with New York duo The Underachievers for one massive hip-hop double bill.
New Hip Hop artist Gnome has shared her new song 'Feeling I Get' from . The Kiwi / Persian Rapper's debut was produced by Frank Keys of Yoko - Zuna and will be available to stream and purchase from November 24.
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!