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Weekly Round-Up: Friday 29th November

Weekly Round-Up: Friday 29th November

Friday 29th November, 2013 1:04PM

Well here we are, at the end of November already and what a tumultuous week it has been with Blur's cancellation of their Big Day Out 2014 appearances kick starting the week's touring news. Festival organisers have been working on a replacement all week with an announcement due any moment now (stay tuned). The best tour news of the week though was of course Arctic Monkeys' announcement of two headline shows next May on the back of new album AM. Other tours news of note included the final lineup announce from Splore which includes the debut New Zealand appearance from pioneering electronic musicians The Orb and this morning Ska originals The English Beat were announced to return for four shows.

To release news, and things have been pretty quiet this week as things start to wind down for the year but a few exciting tidbits did roll in including news of  Shihad's reunion with Jaz Coleman for their, as yet untitled, ninth studio album due out next year,  new local label Pyramid Power revealed their first vinyl release due out this weekend, a previously unreleased Velvet Underground track accompanied news of a 45th anniversary deluxe reissue of White Light/White HeatGuided by Voices announced the release of new album Motivational Jumpsuit next year and shared the first single, locals The Shocking and Stunning, Team Ugly and Esher released new EPs that are available to stream and we had the great pleasure of talking with Buzz from the Melvins about their latest album Tres Cabrones ahead of their one-off Auckland show this next week.

Our video of the week couldn't be anything other than James Franco and Seth Rogen's hilarious parody of Kanye West's ridiculous video for Yeezus track 'Bound 2' that has no doubt taken over your social media feeds at some point this week, and rightfully so. If you're over it though and are keen for a funny, check out Superchunk's new video over here instead.


WEEKEND GIG PICKS:

Friday

Auckland: Strings Against Oil,  Wine Cellar
Auckland: Square Wave Festival, Cassette Nine
Wellington: Square Wave Festival, Puppies
Wellington: CAVE, Mighty Mighty
Christchurch: Luckless, Darkroom
Christchurch: Team Ugly, Dance Asthmatics and Palace of Wisdom, Tommy Chang's
Dunedin: The Shocking and Stunning EP Release, Queens
Dunedin: Surf Friends Album Release, Chicks Hotel

Saturday

Auckland: CAVE, Whammy Bar
Auckland: Perfect Hair Forever + The Muscle 12" Release, 4 Cross Street
Wellington: Square Wave Festival, Puppies
Wellington: Dawn of Azazel and Depths, Medusa
Christchurch: Square Wave Festival, Darkroom
Christchurch: Surf Friends and Little Bark, Tommy Chang's
Dunedin: Team Ugly, Opposite Sex + More, Queens
Dunedin: The Tiny Lies and Delaney Davidson, Chicks Hotel

Coming up next week...

Melvins!! - one New Zealand show only - Wed 4th December

For HEAPS more great gigs, head to our gig guide or grab our iPhone App.

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