Weekly Round-Up: Friday 22nd AugustFriday 22nd August, 2014 4:30PM
This week saw Lorde announce that she will be wrapping up her global Pure Heroine Tour with a series of headline shows in New Zealand in October. The same month will see pop princess Miley Cyrus head over for one show at Auckland's Vector Arena. Also visiting the country will be Japanese house producer Rondenion who is playing two shows next week across Auckland and Christchurch. Closer to home, Wellington act Hans Pucket is joining with Yor Cronies and T.A.B for a short jaunt around the lower North Island. In September, Shapeshifter, The Upbeats will be hitting the road to celebrate the release of collaborative EP SXUB, and will be joined by MC Tiki for the live shows. The same month will see Christchurch post-punk group No Broadcast embark on an extensive nationwide tour to celebrate the release of their self-titled debut. Looking forward to New Year's, the organisers of Camp A Low Hum have planned an indoor extravaganza - called A Low Hum House - but will not be announcing the partaking bands. And finally, more acts have been added to the Northern Bass festival, with Goldie and Ghostface Killah now on the bill.
In release news, Auckland trio PALS are poised to unveil their debut "album-ish thing" tomorrow and have shared track 'Boz Scaggs' in anticipation. Synth-pop darling Little Bark is streaming her sophomore album USB ahead of it's official release next Friday. A new single has been revealed by multi-instrumentalist Will Wood in the lead up to the release of his debut album Broken Man through Lyttelton Records next month. Looking overseas, Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore officially announced that he will be putting out a new album in October by sharing titular single 'The Best Day'. The legendary Leonard Cohen also shared new song 'Almost Like The Blues' from his upcoming album Popular Problems, which will be out on the same day as his 80th birthday next month. And Aphex Twin is breaking a 13-year hiatus with a new album titled Syro, which was pretty much announced by air balloon and will apparently be out next month.
This week's Caught Live is some fan-footage of Beck and Jenny Lewis covering Rod Stewart's 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy'. It's like a celebrity karaoke session up in here...
WEEKEND GIG PICKS:
Auckland: Dad Jokes, The Klaus Kinskis and more, Lucha Lounge
Auckland: Sharpie Crows, Rifles and Saturnian Noise Collective, Whammy Bar
Wellington: Parents - Low Life Release Tour, Valhalla
Wellington: Die! Die! Die! S W I M Release Tour, San Fran
Christchurch: Fuyukos Fables and French For Rabbits, Wunderbar
Christchurch: The Flying Sorcerers, Darkroom
Dunedin: Matt Langley, Alex V and Tiny Pieces of 8, Taste Merchants
Auckland: Eb and Sparrow, Great North and Will Wood, The Wine Cellar
Auckland: Sink the Bizmark, Black Alpine and The Cretins, Whammy Bar
Wellington: Ahoy with Dictaphone Blues, Bunnies on Ponies and more, Boat Cafe
Wellington: Upper Hutt Posse in Dub, Southern Cross Bar
Christchurch: Broods, CPSA
Christchurch: Anto Pascoe - Album Release Party, Darkroom
Dunedin: Fuyukos Fables and The Prophet Hens, Taste Marchants
Dunedin: Onslaught 10 with Rogernomix, Bonecruncher and more, Dunedin Musicians Club
Head over to our Gig Guide for more!