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Weekly Roundup: Friday 7th December

Weekly Roundup: Friday 7th December

Friday 7th December, 2018 3:59PM

Summer's finally rolling in and it's time to hit the beach and vibe out to some sick tunes in the sun. Announcement highlights for the week included the expansion of Marlon Williams' upcoming Tūrangawaewae tour to encompass twelve shows across Aotearoa this February, the return of Australian alt-rock icons Regurgitator for a three date tour in March, an extensive national summer tour by Dunedin guitar-pop maestros Soaked Oats in celebration of their upcoming single 'Shuggah Doom', a three date tour from Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of sixties US pop sensations The Monkees (!), a two date tour from Peru-born experimental turntablist Maria Chávez happening this month, and the first ever live show from visiting raunchy US rap queen Brooke Candy, taking place this Sunday at Auckland's Whammy Bar.

We were privileged to host a chat between Wellington dream-pop crew French For Rabbits leader Brooke Singer and ace music writer Martyn Pepperell ahead of this week's special North Island tour in collaboration with multimedia artist Lady Lazer Light. We were also stoked to premiere a clutch of crucial local releases, including the sonically diverse debut album from Wellington supergroup Congress of Animals featuring Ben Lemi, Age Pryor, Justin Firefly, Nigel Collins, Deanne Krieg, and Bret McKenzie of Flight Of The Conchords. We also premiered the dazzling lead single from Christchurch dance-pop artist Laura Lee Lovely's upcoming debut solo album, and the apocalyptic latest single from Wellington metal maniacs Dark Divinity, accompanied by a menacing and visually stunning clip directed by Amber Beaton.

The wave of killer local releases has yet to abate, with Auckland teen rap sensations Church & AP dropping smoking new track 'Ready Or Not', super city dancefloor terrorists North Shore Pony Club returned with a new EP featuring contributions from Lunavela (aka Collapsing Cities frontman Stevie Mathieson), experimental / post-rock crew Kerretta unveiled a foot-stomping new track from their first album in four years, fuzz-loving Canterbury songwriter Adam Hattaway (Wurld Series, The Eastern) and his group The Haunters shared a selection of tunes from their upcoming album All Dat Love, Auckland's DROOR (aka Daniel Ward of The Sneaks) lifted the lid on the infectious lead single from his upcoming album Winter Flowers, and Christchurch bedroom pop artist Pickle Darling shared the sparkling latest track from his new album Bigness. Lukasz Pawel Buda, Samuel Flynn Scott and Thomas Conrad Wedde of Wellington's  The Phoenix Foundation joined forces under the name of Moniker to unleash a krautrock-themed Christmas album titled Merry Krautmas, and a vinyl compilation of recordings by sadly departed King Loser member Celia Mancini was announced to launch later this month, collecting twelve rarities laid down by the legendary artist between 1988 and 1998.


Our Caught Live video for the week features US indie-rock rising star Snail Mail aka Lindsey Jordan, who is bringing her emotive songs to Aotearoa for the very first time this March, to play shows in Auckland and Wellington. Get psyched for the upcoming tour with recent footage of Jordan playing her tearjerking tune 'Pristine' (from this year's debut album Lush) in the prestigious surrounds of Seattle radio station KEXP...


WEEKEND GIG PICKS:


Friday

Auckland: MOTH Festival - Green Grove, New Farben, New Telepathics + More - Cassette Nine
Auckland: Under The Arcade - Reb Fountain, Albi + The Wolves, Him - The Wine Cellar
Wellington: Hex, Miles Calder, Finn Johansson - San Fran
Wellington: Saba - Caroline
Christchurch: Best Bets, Nervous Jerk, Brian Tamaki - Space Academy
Dunedin: Bed Bits - The Crown Hotel


Saturday

Auckland: Miss June, Bad Friend, PHF - Whammy Bar
Auckland: French For Rabbits - Anthology Lounge
Wellington: Oddisee - San Fran
Wellington: Samari, Body Beta Ritual - Valhalla
Christchurch: Mel Parsons - Lyttelton Arts Factory
Christchurch: Psychic Maps, PGX, Mystery Third Band - darkroom
Dunedin: Bed Bits, Kraus - Settle Theatre
Dunedin: The Terminals - Port Chalmers Town Hall


Head over to our Gig Guide for more listings!!!


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