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…

Protomartyr ~ Debut NZ Tour!

Protomartyr ~ Debut NZ Tour!

Really proud of this one! Protomartyr are one of my absolute favourite new bands out of the USA, and are incendiary live. If you are into post-punk, and wanna see what they're capable of, just check out their KEXP session from 2014 to get a taste. PR gaff below. It would be good to see come of you there! Tix from Undertheradar.co.nz. ~~ Noisey, Undertheradar & Mellum in association…

WOMB - 'Feeling Like Helium'

WOMB - 'Feeling Like Helium'

A great number of words spring to mind when listening to Womb. Ethereal. Enigmatic. Intimate. Spellbinding. Magic. They're more than that though - they are actually a really great band. There's something singular about a group that can play to a room and convey what they're about within bars of their first track. It has nothing to do with virtuosity, skill or vocal prowess, it's just...a vibe. Between the…

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 "Same Name" doesn't…

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.…