All of the promotion leading up to this show did clearly state it would be intimate, but as I wandered into Auckland's Powerstation on Thursday night, it was like a venue I had never seen before. With the main stage being concealed by curtains and a newer platform situated in front, couches were scattered around the remainder of the room creating what felt and looked more like an over-sized intimate lounge room, than anything else.
This intimate and relaxed atmosphere continued for the entirety of the night as Tali kicked things off perfectly with a short and sweet set consisting of songs from her most recent album, ‘Wolves.'
Next to take the stage, introducing themselves and thanking the audience by jokingly stating, "We're Anika Moa, thanks for coming guys!" She's So Rad, performing songs from their most recently released record, ‘Tango,' were beyond magnificent.
The enthusiastic crowd applauded Anika Moa as she took to the stage for her first show in support of her latest album, ‘Queen At The Table.' Followed by her brand-spanking new band which includes multi-talented instrumentalist Jol Mulholland who plays everything from bass guitar to keyboards and drummer Alistair Deverick, they performed the entire new album, throwing in a few golden oldie favourites for good measure.
Now, if you've ever seen Anika Moa perform live before, you will know that you always get more than you initially bargained for, which is why we all love her so much. It's like a two for one deal. You go to hear her perform her exceptional array of tunes and you're also lucky enough to get one of the best comedy acts in between. I mean, it's no secret that Moa knows how to please a crowd, not only with her beautiful music, but also her quick-witted humour which again she perfected at this intimate show, dishing out dirt to her band mates, friends in the audience and of course her own self, leaving the entire audience in fits of laughter.
Despite this fact, it was still the music that ran true as the overall monumental highlight of the night however. From her opening track ‘If You See Her,' to one of my personal favourites ‘Our Love Will Die' and‘Closer,' Moa took the time to explain the love, heartbreak, significance and meaning of each song before performing it, adding to the intimate connection that remained between Moa and the audience.
Prior to beginning her set, Anika announced this is her and the new band's first ever show together, which followed by applause she responded saying, "don't clap yet because we may be bad, you don't know yet." Also informing the crowd that she doesn't normally play electric guitar, something, however, she did do much of throughout her set, showcasing her new sound which places a greater influence on electronics than the majority of her music has in the past, Moa did an impeccable job on the electric guitar, mastering the odd instrumental on her own throughout songs such as ‘The Only Thing That Matters.'
When announcing ‘Running,' the first single off the record, the majority of the audience leapt to their feet in excitement, considerably filling the dance floor space at the front. Following with ‘Fly,' "My personal favourite song from the album," Anika announced, the dance floor filled up even more, with a few fans taking to the tambourines Moa had passed out before performing the song.
Now it was time for the band to take a break and Anika to pull out some old favourites from her third album‘In Swings The Tide.' Putting aside the electric guitar for a moment, she went acoustic for ‘Dreams In My Head,' a song, that Anika, ever so earnestly admit, "made me a lot of money."
Followed by an enchanting performance of ‘My Old Man,' another from her ‘In Swings The Tide,' record, Moa finished off her acoustic set, sharing with the audience, "I wish I wrote this song, but I didn't," as she went on to perform the most stunning version of Kate Bush's ‘Running Up That Hill,' I have ever heard. With the words on a piece of paper in front of her, Anika jokingly added, "this is the first time I've ever performed this," laughing with what was probably relief as she concluded the beautiful tune with no apparently obvious mistakes whatsoever.
Reaching the end of her set with an energetic performance of the electronically-fused ‘Jealous,' which saw everyone rush to the dance floor one last time. Alistair let rip on the drums bringing things to an end with an epic solo, which then saw Anika give Jol a chance to show off more of his musical talents, extending the instrumental to allow him to shine with an equally as impressive solo.
Announcing, "We probably won't do an encore unless you give me a standing ovation for ten minutes," the audience obliged, clapping, screaming and yelling, in request for an encore before Anika, ever so graciously accepted the request and treated the audience to just one more tune, ‘These Lonely Tears I Cry,' "A Song I unfortunately wrote with Jol Mulholland" she laughed, while introducing the song, as She's So Rad's Jeremy Toy took to the stage to join in and play bass guitar on the track.
Showing off her musical talents one last time, both instrumentally and vocally throughout the song, it proved very obvious that playing music on stage, in front of an audience is what Anika loves most. With ‘Queen At The Table' being Moa's sixth studio album, she's certainly as far away as she's ever been from over-doing or slowing down on the music front, proving even more comfortable in her own shoes with her newer more electronically based sound, which although vastly different from the previous Anika Moa, many may be used to, is still nonetheless, the same Anika Moa we will forever love listening to and enjoy seeing perform live. Anika Moa
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus are gracing our shores on the 28th of November at Galatos. After a 4-year hiatus, they have burst back onto the scene and headed straight for the spot they are most familiar with, number 1 on the Billboard Christian Rock Charts.
Breakups are never easy - whether it's a romantic tryst, a teenage crush, or with a young Mark and his favourite band Dream Theater, that dark moment when founding keyboardist Kevin Moore left the group in 1994.
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.
As the days and nights get colder, we need something more to laugh about than the unpredictability of Auckland weather and lucky for us, The New Zealand International Comedy Festivalreturns (kicking off this Thursday 26 April).
I Am Giant’s have recently released their third and final album ‘Life in Captivity’. Featuring the singles ‘Dead Flower’, ‘Playing With Fire’ and ‘Don’t Look Back’, the band are currently touring New Zealand; their final tour and last hurrah in NZ.
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
Due to incredible demand, internationally renowned award-winning musician, comedian, actor, writer and composer TIM MINCHIN has today announced a third and final Auckland show as part of his Australasian tour of his live show BACK.
Legendary, GRAMMY-award winning band FLEETWOOD MAC today announced an Australian and New Zealand tour, set to kick off on August 9 with two shows in Auckland on September 16 and 19, along with a welcome return to Dunedin on September 21.
California’s radical sons, The Growlers arrive in the country this week for the start of the Australian leg of their mammoth worldwide ‘Beach Goth’ tour. In what is guaranteed to be a rollicking, majestic wave of movements all around our golden coast,
Timaru’s iconic Soundshell in Caroline Bay will host two of the most well-known bands in New Zealand in a one-day entertainment extravaganza this January. Katchafire and The Black Seeds will headline the R18+ event at the Soundshell on Saturday, January 26, 2019. They’ll be joined by The Butlers.
In true kiwi summer tour tradition Marlon Williams will now take The Tūrangawaewae Tour to a further six markets this February making it a total of 12 shows - Marlon’s most comprehensive New Zealand tour ever!
With sounds primed for a hot summer ahead, Christchurch four piece Mako Road have arrived with the perfect soundtrack for long nights, cold drinks and hazy days with the ‘Local Safari’ EP, which releases today.
“Music can bring us all together, it bonds us, it strengthens us...” this song “Your Guardian Angel” by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus has been dedicated to Toyah Cordingley.
Please spread the word to anyone who loves the song, or has lost someone too early also, feel free to leave any dedications in the comments of which we will share direct for Toyahs’ family and the band to see.
On the heels of releasing several collaborative hit tracks this year, five-time Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Mark Ronson returns with a brand new single of his own ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’ featuring Miley Cyrus.
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.
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.
It has been announced overnight that Last Tapes Theatre Company's original production Valerie has been selected for a month-long season in the prestigious Summerhall programme at Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August.
Featuring Brouhaha: choreographer Malia Johnston, composer Eden Mulholland, AV designer Rowan Pierce; In Transit: choreographer Louise Potiki Bryant, composer/AV designer Paddy Free; The Geography of an Archipelago: choreographer Stephen Shropshire, composer Chris O’Connor.