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Music

May 22, 2017

I was not in a good mood when Pauly Lowe of Raw Collective asked me to review his band/collective’s upcoming gig/fundraiser, billed as their “last show for a while.” Stress of assignments and bouts of homesickness, coupled with the everyday hell of living at 222 Willis Street, had taken their toll on a usually positive […]

May 22, 2017

Wednesday: Eyegum Wednesdays with Aw B and Mongo Skato — Prepare for a deluge of doof doof, with delightful old school disco, techno, and house sounds bumping through San Fran until the wee hours. And by the wee hours, I mean probably 12.00pm at the latest because Eyegum is nothing if not purveyors of great […]

May 22, 2017

Glass Vaults released their second album The New Happy last week, following their first full length Sojourn in 2015. The new album was recorded over the last two years in Blue Barn Recording Studios out in Mount Cook. The band is originally from Wellington with members now spread out to Christchurch and Auckland. Frontman Richard […]

May 15, 2017

Wednesday: Eyegum Wednesdays — As per, Eyegum is putting on its weekly sonic feast, and this time it’s going to be weird, loud, and detuned. Get down to San Fran to catch Sex Golem and Mothers Dearest and jumble up your brains a little before your next class on Thursday. From 9.00pm. Thursday: The Bats […]

May 15, 2017

Shoegaze is a strange genre, named after the fact that bands spent entire shows staring down at the guitar pedals at their feet instead of looking at the crowds they were playing to. It’s a kind of music particularly laden in clichés, sad guitar playing, and average poem-writing teens expressing some personal emotions probably a […]

May 8, 2017

Sad by Sad South (SXSS) — not to be mistaken with South by South West — brought forth a new dynamic to the traditional music festival, in that it featured other mediums of art, such as poetry and visual art, and showcased them in conjunction with music. Appropriating this feature from its Australian counterpart (Sad […]

May 8, 2017

At this point, is there truly any point to reviewing this album? There isn’t much that I can add to the conversation. And if you’re looking for cohesive, meaningful information about what is likely the most revered lyricist of the last decade, I am not the person to come to. But here are some thoughts. […]

May 8, 2017

Tuesday: Loma Prieta with Long Distance Runner — If you like your music screamed at you at eardrum-shattering volume by a squadron of confusingly angry straight white men, then this post-hardcore gig is certainly for you. At Valhalla, the pandemonium starts at 7.00pm. Wednesday: Eyegum Wednesdays with Womb, Pam, and George Turner — Come and […]

May 1, 2017

Onono is the official moniker of Jono Nott, a local multi-instrumentalist who studied fine arts at Massey, and has played in various bands around Wellington’s indie scenes. He released his debut album as Onono, Bad Posture, at the end of last year, which was entirely self-produced and is filled with stone-cold bangers. I sat down […]