Weekly Round-Up: Friday 31st January

Weekly Round-Up: Friday 31st January

Friday 31st January, 2014 1:05PM

They came, and we saw and conquered the two major festivals of summer 2014 over the past fortnight. Laneway Festival took place last Monday and was an unmitigated success as far as we're concerned. Read our review of the event here and check out Suren Unka and Grant Stone's excellent photos from the day here. The hip hop contingent from the event, Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt and Run the Jewels, went to Wellington for a combined show and Alistar Wickens was there to catch the groups in action. During all of this Lorde was tied up Stateside just casually winning two Grammy awards, but returned to deliver a euphoric performance to a home crowd at Silo Park supported by Watercolours and Doprah, and you can check out Suren's photos from that event here. So much happened this week, right?! Speaking of festivals, this article about the Big Day Out is quite an interesting read.

If you're in the market for a holiday during our winter, we recommend heading to Primavera Sound in Barcelona. The line-up for the 2014 event (29th-31st May) was announced this week and it basically includes all of the bands which you can through over here. Back in New Zealand, seminal indie rock band Sebadoh have announced that they will tour the country this March and we are selling tickets to these unmissable shows over here. Liam Finn heads out on his New Zealand tour in support of his forthcoming album The Nihilist, tonight in Auckland and you can read our insightful interview with the man himself over here, while Clap Clap Riot have announced a nationwide tour in support of their forthcoming album, Nobody/Everybody. Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams release the third installment of their Sad But True... album series today and you can check out the video for single 'Candyman' over here, while Coco Solid shared a new track, '2 Wise 2 Wed' this week and hinted that there will be more material to come.

Broken Bells have been masterfully promoting their new album, After the Disco, with a beautiful short film, and they are now streaming it via iTunes ahead of its February 7th release date. They also performed a couple of their new songs on Jimmy Kimmel this week. This April Touch and Go records will reissue Spiderland, the classic album from Slint, as a deluxe box set which will include a 104-page book - impressive. Seminal shoegaze band Slowdive have announced that they will reunite for a series of shows, and haven't ruled out recording new record - read what the band have to say about it all over on their site. To round out the seminal bands beginning with S who are releasing new material soon, Swans have announced that their new album, To Be Kind, will drop on May 13th and feature St. Vincent (amazing collaboration), Cold Specks, and Little Annie.

To make the time between now and the weekend that much more pleasurable / hilarious, check out the news that almost 200, 000 people want Justin Bieber extradited back to Canada for his 'destructive, drug-abusing' behaviour, Trent Reznor and Vampire Weekend had a silly but interesting non-spat around the Alternative Music Album award at the Grammys, and Stevie Nicks appeared on American Horror Story: Coven (A.K.A The Most Perfect Show For Her Ever) again. Finally, Arcade Fire stopped in at Triple J while on the Big Day Out circuit, and you can check out versions of 'My Body is a Cage' and 'Normal Person', below.




Auckland: Liam Finn, Galatos
Auckland: Off The Radar Festival, Te Arai
Wellington: Tiny Ruins, Puppies
Wellington: Whitehorse, Valhalla
Christchurch: Shenandoah Davis and Anthonie Tonnon, Wunderbar
Christchurch: French for Rabbits, Darkroom
Dunedin: The Clean, Chicks Hotel


Auckland: Bare Grillz, Franco Cozzo and Trust Punks, 4 Cross Street
Auckland: Drop Dead Redhead, Bernie Griffen, Miss June and Friends, The Winchester
Wellington: Clowns NZ Tour, Valhalla
Wellington: Paper Cranes, Burgundy Room
Christchurch: Bond Street Bridge, The Brewery
Christchurch: Matt Langley and Luckless, Darkroom
Dunedin: The Clean, Chicks Hotel
Dunedin: Shenandoah Davis and Anthonie Tonnon, Taste Merchants

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