Arriving on time for the doors to open, there was a quick forming queue behind us. At first I thought it was a surprisingly small turn out from looking behind me but my first impression was soon forgotten as I'd settled by the stage, turned around and saw that from floor to balcony was packed and still filling up.
The opening act for the night was a four piece band called Ha The Unclear. Rock filled the room as Ha The Unclear were performing in a tightly packed corner on the stage. That didn't stop the bass player from dancing in every empty space on the stage. They had a very fast grunge sound with heavy bass, quirky lyrics, quick drums and a guitar whose best friend is the whammy bar. Each member looked confident and happy as they were hyping the crowd up for the Dandys. I was very impressed and loved every minute of their set (I also learnt through their last song that one of them has a genuine fear of mannequins!).
After a quick intermission and sound check we were patiently waiting for the members of The Dandy Warhols to appear. After a few minutes of chatting while waiting, booming applause and high pitch cheers filled the venue as the members of The Dandy Warhols emerged onto the stage.
All instruments were arranged in a neat line so fans could see all the members easily and clearly, I thought it was a fantastic idea as drummers are usually hidden away in the back row. After being given a long warm welcome, The Dandy Warhols - consisting of Courtney Taylor Taylor (vocals/ guitar), Zia Mccabe (keyboard/ percussion), Peter Holström (guitar) and Brent DeBoer (drums), jumped straight into their performance.
Effortlessly playing yet with so much energy and enthusiasm, it was incredible to watch and feel the rumbling bass in your chest and throat. That was coming from Zia on her amazing keyboard, which seems like she could create any sound from. Not only is she a talented keyboard player, she was slaying percussion. In the first song Zia was keeping the beat with the maracas by pushing them towards the crowd, while playing the keyboard. I've never seen anyone make percussion look sexy but Zia did.
Brent was effortlessly keeping good rhythm on the drums while belting the background vocals at the same time. Enjoying his time in the spotlight he was grinning the whole time.
Peter was in a world of his own, he was swaying like the wind and just became one with his guitar creating and eerie sound with a lot of grunt behind it. He was a sight to watch as he seemed completely involved in the show, then would move to the shadows and let his guitar do the talking.
Courtney had two mics set next to each other as one was just not enough. It was accentuating the eerie other world vibe I was getting perfectly. His powerful vocals and unbelievable control of his voice were winning the crowd over. His attitude was another level, the way he holds himself and looks at the crowd, it was easy to see how confident he is on stage which makes us love him more.
An incredible combination of musicians creating a tiny world inside the powerstation is hard to describe, but the crowds reactions are not everyone was jumping, dancing or singing. No where I looked was someone not moving.
During the concert there was a few times where Courtney would have to tune his guitar while we patiently wait, the sound was perfect I have no complaints. And there was no crowd trouble in the slightest, just a good time.
Having left a trail of ecstatically exhausted fans in its wake from Niagara Falls to New Zealand to Australia, Queens Of The Stone Age’s world tour in support of its international chart-topping seventh album Villains (Matador) has careened to a triumphant finish with its 129th show in Perth.
Body/Head, the duo of Kim Gordon (CKM, Sonic Youth, Free Kitten, etc.) and guitarist Bill Nace (X.O.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange, etc), will release their second studio album, The Switch, on July 13 on Matador Records.
There's no denying that at my core, I'm a lover of progressive music - whether that means I love "prog" music or not is a question for another day, and is a topic which I touched on whilst talking to Steven Wilson the other week regarding the upcoming To The Bone show at Auckland's Bruce Mason Centre.
Auckland-based quartet Openside have added an extra date to their first, all-ages, nationwide tour. The group headlines The Seamless Tour will now perform a final show in Tauranga on July 20th featuring special guests DUNES .
Consisting of drummer/vocalist Cat Leahy and guitarist/vocalist Leisha Jungalwalla, This Way Northwill be a part of a very special night in Auckland called ‘Sass the Patriarchy’ an event they have been running in Australia.
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To this day I still remember my introduction to Sepultura - camped out in the granny flat bedroom of long-time friend Kerry - a live version of their cover of Motörhead's Orgasmatron, and from there it continues to this day
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“I find inspiration from people who are trying to do something different. There's a lot of producers trying to copy each other, eg Terror Squad. But it’s really cool to hear guys like SumthinSumthin, completely unchallenged in their own lane.” – Graham Matthews
John Butler Trio announce their return to New Zealand in March to play Nelson’s Trafalgar Centre on Saturday 2 March and an afternoon set outdoors at The Hunting Lodge in Waimauku, Auckland on Sunday 3 March.
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Californian rock legends Jefferson Starship will join TOTO and Dragon on next year’s ‘A Summer’s Day Live’ series, which will take in some of the most picturesque locations and popular concert venues across New Zealand.
In celebration of the highly anticipated November release of their fourth studio album Delta,English folk conquerors Mumford & Sons today announced details of a massive 60 date world tour which will include a very special one day event in Auckland this Summer –their first New Zealand show since 2015!
George Ezra toured the world nonstop for more than two years following the release of his debut LP Wanted On Voyage, finally making it to Aotearoa for one of the standout sets of this year’s Auckland City Limits.
Following the release of her critically-acclaimed My Design, On Others Lives in April this year, Estère teams up with the poetically tongued NZ/Rwandan MC Raiza Biza, to take on the myth of an infamous figure in cross-continental African folklore, the Tokoloshe.
If Anika Moa was feeling ready to kick back for the remainder of 2018, then things haven’t really run to plan. In fact it’s about to get a whole lot busier for the multi-talented entertainer with a new album release, tv series and live shows all on the way.
Since achieving international recognition from Rollingstone.com and Billboard.com for hit singles Too Strung Up and Stone Cold, and amassing over 3 million Spotify streams for their releases to date, Alae now unveil All Gived Up.
'Call Me', the latest track by Wellington electro-pop singer and producer Josie Moon made last week's New Music Friday playlists from Spotify Australia/NZ and Japan and influential UK blogger Popjustice.
Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood and Greg Proops the popular stars of the Emmy nominated Whose Line Is It Anyway? have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy for one show only at the Bruce Mason Centre in Auckland.
In a New Zealand first, five of the stars of Twin Peaks, Sheryl Lee, Kimmy Robertson, Michael Horse, Al Strobel, Dana Ashbrook and the Executive Producer of Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series, Sabrina S. Sutherland, will visit Auckland and Christchurch for an exclusive and unique CONVERSATION WITH THE STARS evening.
Singer Elaine Paige has announced an 8-date series of concerts from October 10 to October 25 2018, which will see her perform songs from her illustrious career along side an array of her favourite tracks by contemporary songwriters.
The critically acclaimed, award-winning comedian and actor, Catherine Tate, is bringing The Catherine Tate Show - Live to New Zealand for the first time, with shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch commencing November 28, 2018.