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bStreet Returns For Music Month

bStreet Returns For Music Month

Tuesday 20th April, 2010 8:02AM

Hey Auckland - bStreet is returning in 2010 for another takeover of Britomart downtown.

The 95bFM gig will run from Northern Steamship, Union Fish, and Racket Bar and all you need to get in is the swiss army knife of cards, the bCard for only $9.50, details below.

Press Release:

True to 95bFM's commitment to independent music and supporting local talent, we're kicking off NZ Music Month with another bStreet party on May 1st at Britomart. Immediately following the NZ Music Commission Official NZMM Launch with Bang Bang Eche and The Transistors, 95bFM will take over Northern Steamship, Union Fish, and Racket Bar from 8pm with performances from P-Money, The Checks, Popstrangers, The Tutts, Lisa Crawley, Homebrew Crew, Ruby Frost, DJ Penfold, Matthew Crawley, The Crunkbox - Live Set, and DJ Connor Nestor!

To access all venues, you'll need your trusty bCard - which can be picked up from, the 95bFM offices, or on the night for only $9.50.

bStreet 2010 builds on the success of bStreet 2009 in December of last year. “We had such a great time with the last one, we couldn’t resist throwing another party at Britomart. The precinct is perfect for the vibe we’re trying to achieve, and we couldn’t be happier to be helping launch NZ Music Month with Britomart and the NZ Music Commission,” says 95bFM Marketing Coordinator Sarin Moddle.

May 1st will be the definitive start to NZ Music Month - come party with us at Britomart!

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About the artists...

P-Money is New Zealand's finest Hip-Hop producer and DJ. A former recipient of both bNet and Tui awards (Best Hip Hop Album, Best Male Solo Artist, Producer of the Year, and more), he's spun alongside some of the world’s finest DJ's including Roc Raida, The X-Ecutioners, DJ Craze, A-Trak, Mix Master Mike, DJ Revolution and opened for the likes of 50 Cent, Xzibit, The Roots, KRS ONE and Public Enemy. But before all this, P-Money was a persistent kid hanging out in the 95bFM studio, hanging out with the hosts of the True School Hip Hop Show in the hopes he would get to play some tracks. P-Money went on to co-host the show with DJ Sir-Vere through 2004 - we're stoked to have this 95bFM veteran back to spin for us at bStreet.

Still only in their early 20s and already veteran performers and recording artists, The Checks have played their way into becoming one of New Zealand’s most adrenalised, vital and consistently thrilling live acts. The Checks capture the heavy soul which has always made rock’n'roll music great: the kind of unrestrained rhythm’n'blues-singed fire of love which has infected groups from the Gun Club to the Black Lips. After bagging a Tui with only one single released in 2005, The Checks have gone on to tour with the Hives, Muse, REM, AC/DC, and Oasis. Luckily New Zealand gets to see much more of these North Shore boys now that they’ve relocated back to Auckland and released a new album, Alice By The Moon. Years after their appearance on the Breakfast Bus with Hugh Sundae, 95bFM is utterly excited to have the Checks back with us to wreak havoc at bStreet.

Popstrangers have made regular appearances in and around 95bFM since their inception in late 2008. The band featured at the 95bFM Fancy New Band Showcase in 2009 and their singles “1000” and “Take It To The Grave” spent significant time on the 95bFM Top Ten; “1000” also reached #3 on the NZ Alt Radio charts. After lending their talents to the Big Day Out and Rhythm & Vines, 95bFM is happy to have the Popstrangers take time out of their recording schedule to come back to bStreet again for NZ Music Month.

Inspired by the dance music scene, The Tutts came from a desire to have dance floors driven by real musicians and original music. Since sending shockwaves across the bNet in 2008 with their album Get In The Club, they’ve been hard at work gigging and writing their next album. The Tutts' new single, "Rhythm Child", is currently playing on radio and music TV. The boys will be heading over to London for a few showcases this June/July, so take what may be one of your last chances to see them at bStreet!

23-year-old singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Lisa Crawley has travelled the world with her music - most recently a tour of China and a regular gig in the VIP lounge at The Ritz in London. Her live show incorporates elements of jazz, country, and indie pop, along with a charmingly dry wit. Lisa has recently supported Jools Holland where the NZ Herald described her sound as "tingling folk". She has just released the video and single “These Friends Of Mine” from her second EP, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between, which you can hear on 95bFM.

Recent 42Unheard winner Ruby Frost has been singing since she was old enough to spin-dance in front of the washing machine: exactly 22 years. Her debut acoustic-folk tinged EP, How Long, was released in 2007 and has already sold out of its first run. Since then she’s started experimenting with computer tracks and strong pop sensibilities, is currently recording a slew of new demos, and looking to release an album early next year.

Homebrew Crew make easy-going, down-home hip-hop with unique kiwi sensibilities. Staunchly independent and offering all of their music to the world via free downloads, they’ve come from a 95bFM Fancy New Band to opening for international hip-hop icons like Dilated Peoples, RZA, and Chali 2Na. Don’t let their rhymes about hunting for crabs or bad whisky fool you - Homebrew have serious skills on stage and deliver a tight live performance.

DJ Penfold - aka Mark Smith - is a current host of the True School Hip Hop Show with DJ Mouli on 95bFM. With over 15 years DJ experience in radio, TV, and live sets, Penfold’s varied style is attuned to everything from the underground to the chart-toppers. He’s worked as a tour DJ for PNC throughout NZ and Australia and also supported hip hop heavyweights like Dilated Peoples, Dead Prez, Akil the MC, Will.I.Am, and more. Penfold brings an unbridled passion for music to each of his projects and seems to do it all for the love; 95bFM is a big fan of his consistent support for independent radio.

There's virtually no aspect of the music industry that local promoter, musician, DJ, and general man about town Matthew Crawley doesn't have experience with. He's a long-time regular of the bFM airwaves and will be gracing Racket Bar with his impeccable musical selections during a live DJ set.

The Crunkbox is local DJs Shaveer & Thomas Sahs, who host the Saturday night show of the same name from 9-11pm on 95bFM. The two will be doing a live set at Racket Bar to take you into the wee hours.

Currently hosting the late-night Thursday slot ‘Cut & Paste’, Connor Nestor has honed his skills at 95bFM since 2008. He came to bFM via a slot on Fancy New Band, stuck around as a volunteer, and after messing around enough with the station’s CDJs is now making a name for himself DJing live around Auckland. Conn plays cutting-edge indie-pop with strong dance sensibilities, all topped off with a great ear for mixing.

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