In the six years that Laneway Festival has been held in Auckland, yesterday’s event was certainly the biggest and, by general consensus, the best. The sold-out festival operated on Swiss-watch set changes, had excellent sound quality (with exception of... <a href='/news/9263/Live-Review--Photos-Laneway-Festival-2015.utr'>more</a> 
Shonen Knife are some of the longest standing pop-punks in the business. Formed back in 1981 and having tucked an impressive 19 studio albums under their belts during the last three decades, the Osaka trio still rock out as hard as they always have.... <a href='/news/9269/Heres-Five-Shonen-Knife.utr'>more</a> Auckland band Bespin quietly went about their business in 2014, playing a few festivals and shows throughout the year while working hard recording their debut EP. This year will ultimately see the hard work come into fruition. They are just about to... <a href='/news/9250/Interview-Bespin.utr'>more</a> 
Great North have been awarded the Tui for Best Folk Album 2015 for their record Up In Smoke. It is the second time the Auckland group has taken the award, they also received it in 2013 for their sophomore effort Halves. Damian Vaughan, CEO of Recorded... <a href='/news/9260/Great-North-Awarded-Tui-For-Best-Folk-Album-2015.utr'>more</a> Melbourne-based sirens of sound, Spermaids, were in the country last summer for a quick festival-driven jaunt and are returning in late February for a seven-date tour. The experimental post-punk duo is made up of Nelson natives Osh Felber and Zac... <a href='/news/9266/Spermaids-Return-For-Nationwide-Tour.utr'>more</a> 
This self-titled debut finds Auckland-based act Thee Rum Coves continuing the strong lineage of garage rock from ‘60s originators like The Sonics, through the UK beat and punk scenes, the power pop of Sunnyboys and onto its modern manifestation in... <a href='/news/9268/Album-Review-Thee-Rum-Coves---Thee-Rum-Coves.utr'>more</a>

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Shonen Knife
Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Auckland Buy

Thu 29 Buy Vices Go To New Zealand Tour
Zeal West, Auckland
Thu 29 The Warratahs and The Eastern
Cabana Bar, Napier
Thu 29 Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo
Wairakei Resort Taupo, Taupo
Thu 29 Tom Rodwell And Coco Davis Telecaster Tour
Golden Dawn: Tavern of Power, Auckland
Thu 29 Velvetland And Tablefox
The Wine Cellar, Auckland
Thu 29 Nick Knox
Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin
Thu 29 Into The East
Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga
Thu 29 Roy Irwin, Scum Lord, Fryd Chicken and Mr Slackjaw
The Lucha Lounge, Auckland
Thu 29 Flying Lotus
Shed 6, Wellington
Fri 30 Buy Shonen Knife
San Fran, Wellington
Fri 30 Buy Vices Go To New Zealand Tour
Zeal, Hamilton
Fri 30 Buy The Glocks - Naughty Boys and Dirty Girls Show
Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland
Fri 30 Buy The Nudge
Meow, Wellington
Fri 30 Buy DYSE New Zealand Tour
The Yot Club, Raglan
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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
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2 Famous-Last-Words "Famous Last Words" by James/cook
3 Osiris "Osiris" by Bespin
4 Claire "Claire" by Autumn Splendour
5 J-C-V-D "J-C-V-D" by Dad Jokes
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