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Big Thief and Spiral Stairs Headed To New Zealand In December

Big Thief and Spiral Stairs Headed To New Zealand In December

Thursday 31st August, 2017 9:30AM

Brooklyn-based outfit Big Thief have locked in one Auckland show for December that will see them joined by Scott Kannberg's Spiral Stairs. Since forming in 2015, Big Thief have been racking up accolades, having been heralded by Rolling Stone as one of the "10 new artists you need to know". In June they released their sophomore album Capacity to critical acclaim, earning the title of 'Best New Music' from Pitchfork.  

Perhaps best known as a core member of noisy Californian outfit Pavement, Scott Kannberg also makes music under the solo moniker Spiral Stairs. His visit comes on the coattails of his new record Doris and the Daggers which was released back in March. The 10-song offering is described as "a diverse and upbeat affair" that features musical contributions from several guests including Kelly Stoltz, The National’s Matt Berninger and Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew. Here are the show details...

Big Thief and Spiral Stairs

Sunday 3rd December, The Tuning Fork, Auckland

Tickets available from Ticketmaster, see details below. And as an added bonus, Spiral Stairs has lined up a Hamilton sideshow:

Saturday 2nd December, Nivara Lounge, Hamilton

Pick up tickets to that show HERE at UTR

Here is Big Thief's video for 'Mythological Beauty' lifted from their latest album Capacity...

And here is Spiral Stairs with 'Emoshuns' lifted from Doris and the Daggers released earlier this year...


Big Thief and Spiral Stairs
at The Great South Pacific Tuning Fork

Bringing their enthralling performance to Auckland for a one-off show, Big Thief are rapidly becoming everybody's favourite new band. Add to this Spiral Stairs (Scott Kannberg of Pavement), and you've got an indie rock night to keep you buzzing for months!

In 2016, Rolling Stone Magazine picked Big Thief as one of 10 new artists you need to know, a melding of Sharon Van Etten's emotional honesty and P.J. Harvey's unflagging cool. Picked as one of the best performances at the recent Newport Folk Festival, their list of live show accolades grows with each performance.

Big Thief's second album, Capacity, was recorded in a snowy winter nest in upstate New York, and continues to defy reviewer's attempts at compartmentalisation. Part folk, part rock, part undiscovered 90s: Stitching together musical threads that existed before their time, Capacity was recently named Best New Music by Pitchfork, and comes just one year after the stunning debut of Masterpiece.

Big Thief return to the southern hemisphere for the second time in twelve months, having scooped up and molded all who saw them into a keen fan ball of quivering anticipation.

Joining Big Thief is Spiral Stairs, the current musical outlet for Scott Kannberg (Pavement, Preston School of Industry), touring his latest album filled with catchy melody, jangly guitar, and indie-lite swagger.

Back after an eight-year hiatus - a familial move to the other side of the globe, Pavement reunion tours, and, sadly, the sudden death of Spiral Stairs' drummer - Spiral Stairs is touring his recent release, Doris & the Daggers.

Kannberg's unrushed songwriting style whisks the unsuspecting into his musical legacy, heads nodding unwittingly along to songs influenced by the likes of The Clean, Guided By Voices, Smog and Talking Heads. Spiral Stairs is an all-round good time, attested by the band's energetic shows and rapt fans.

Scott Kannberg finally comes to terms with what originally made him such an important part of Pavement and the '90s underground scene — and runs with it. - Exclaim Magazine



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Spiral Stairs
Sat 2nd Dec 7:30pm
Nivara Lounge, Hamilton