The Others Way, Fri, September 2nd

Hi, So, if you haven't see this plastered over socials yet: Flying Out & 95bFM have joined forces again for the now annual Others Way Festival. I am in no way benefiting from this post but PLEASE - go to this. The lineup is absolutely world class, and all (mostly) homegrown acts. This is risky endeavour, across 10 (!!) venues in the ever-gentrifying alt. music hub that, somewhat defiantly remains K'Rd.…

Civil Union - "Seasick, Lovedrunk"

Civil Union - "Seasick, Lovedrunk"

At the time of writing this, I have not had the pleasure of seeing Civil Union live. One fact, I hope to change in the very near future. Seasick, Lovedrunk is a swampy, insane dirge of a record. The album is scary as hell. And I love it. Released through Christchurch boutique label Melted Ice Cream, Civil Union's debut feels lived in, considered, and perhaps most of all, conveys a…

Orchestra Of Spheres - "Te China Rockumentary"

Orchestra Of Spheres - "Te China Rockumentary"

I'm pleased to share with you an excellent production from Kristen Ng of Kiwese.co.nz, who booked, promoted and tour managed Orchestra Of Spheres & Lady Lazer Light on a nine-date tour of the country and documented it along the way - resulting in this short five part series in Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming and Dali. Ng stresses her interest in providing greater insight into the experience of touring…

Resources

I have compiled a number of free resources for local musicians to help cut through the mess & noise of being an independent band in NZ. Included is a (fairly) comprehensive guide to alt radio contacts, north & south island venues that are band friendly, local press contacts, international blog data dump, a fledgling directory of music video directors & links to local funding bodies. Please use this resource, and…

The Beths - 'Whatever'

A band of jazz school graduates....playing...powerpop? What is life. It's thoroughly encouraging to see an Auckland band favour songwriting and good times over hype & 'coolness'. Not to say this band ISN'T cool. I'm just saying they have a song about Rush Hour 3. Which takes some balls! The Beths are all about well chiseled arrangements, rockin' guitar, unrivaled BV's (now that the Everson's have left town), and…