Auckland Council's "Creative Communities Scheme"

It has recently been brought to my attention that applications for funding grants from Auckland Council’s Creative Communities Scheme are open. Funded by Creative New Zealand, the Creative Communities Scheme encourages communities to make arts and culture a part of everyday life for Aucklanders through music, dancing, film-making, weaving, poetry and theatre. As part of the scheme, Auckland Council and Creative New Zealand are inviting Aucklanders to apply for…

Fran/Bar Group - 'Same Name'

Fran/Bar Group - 'Same Name'

Hi, sorry to my seven(?) readers about the quiet blog of late...! First post of 2017 is about Christchurch' Fran/Bar Group. Comprising members of Wurld Series, Doprah, Ryan Fisherman & darkroom. There is so much to love about this song. Bucking the recent trend of pop-ready indie releases, Fran/Bar Group have released a song which successfully subverts a number of pop "commandments". The chorus to "…

Dance For Democracy ~~ A Gig For Chlöe

Dance For Democracy ~~ A Gig For Chlöe

Neck Of The Woods, K'RD Doors @ 7:30pm $10 - doorsales only Auckland's last mayoral election saw a pithy 34% voter turnout. This event is not a fundraiser for Chlöe, merely an acknowledgement of the amazing feat she is undertaking, not just only in the money-driven mayoralty race, but to engage those Aucklander's who feel so seperate to political discourse it is no longer an active part of their lives.…

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.…

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…

MERMAIDENS - 'UNDER THE MOUNTAIN II'

Wellington has always had a knack for churning out top-notch guitar bands. Except, you know for the last five years. That's why, upon seeing this band play and subsequently release this absolute fucking ripper, I'm glad to report Welly is well and truly, back. 'Under The Mountain' has the solemn, foreboding swagger of the very best BRMC material, coupled with haunting vocal harmonies and exceptional dynamic nuance. This newly minted…