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This November Omar Rodriguez Lopez will be hitting New Zealand for the first time playing one off shows in Auckland and Wellington. In the early 90’s, Omar made his mark as a guitarist in the ground breaking post-hardcore band At The Drive In, early 2000’s progressive psych/kraut rock influenced ensemble The Mars Volta and now in the 2010’s, Omar as a world class solo artist. The Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group features members of The Mars Volta, At The Drive In, and Le Butcherettes.

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Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will host the 2013 Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles. “His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh” say the producers. MacFarlane is best known for his animated TV shows Family Guy and American Dad. He made his bigscreen directorial debut earlier this year with Ted. “My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don’t find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen Roast. Nominations for the 85th annual Oscars will be announced on Jan 10. The Oscars will be presented on Feb 24.

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The More FM Summer Vineyard Tour is back for 2013 and they have just announced their line-up. Opshop are set to headline the countryside convoy, alongside Aria Award winning Australian artist Missy Higgins. Che-Fu and Aaradhna will also join them on the road, performing a soul set together, as well as their classic solo hits. Kicking off the tour in Tauranga in mid-February, the More FM Summer Vineyard Tour will also be heading to the Hawkes Bay, Martinborough, Nelson, Christchurch and Auckland.
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Billy Bragg will be making a personal appearance at Real Groovy record store in Queen Street, Auckland on Thu 11 Oct at 5.30pm. It will be a relaxed evening including an informal Q & A session, and given that Billy usually carries a guitar with him it’s highly likely that we’ll also get to hear a song or two! Bragg’s New Zealand Tour starts at Auckland’s Town Hall this Fri 12 Oct. The Dunedin and Christchurch shows are completely sold out already while Auckland and Wellington not far off.

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Rhythm and Vines have announced a selection of new artists to complete the festival’s 10th anniversary line-up. Additional artists to the already huge line-up include: Home Brew, Benga, Breakbot Live, Hudson Mohawke, Booka Shade Live, Krafty Kuts & A. Skillz, Dave Dobbyn, Icona Pop, Blood Red Shoes, DJ Yoda (Live AV Show), The Black Seeds, PNC, unknown Mortal Orchestra, Tiger and Woods, Pond, The Rubens, AHoriBuzz, Dick Johnson, Danny Daze, Doc Daneeka, Recloose, The Nudge, Xxxy, Flume, The Make Believe, The upbeats, Tim Phin, Nick D, Two Cartoons, Dan Aux, Daniel Farley, People Of Paris, Fiord Live, Frank Booker, Ash Graham, NDA, Gwaan Gal, Tommy Flowers, The Nark Live, Tim Richards, Blackbird, Boycrush, Philippa, Dean Campbell, Louis Baker, DJ Isaac Easily, CTFD, General Lee, Loui The Zu, The Beat Mafia, Soane, Connor Nestor, Sons Of Vegas, Coco Solid, Weird Together, Jamie White & Tom McGuinness, Funkommunity Sound System and Jupiter Project Feat Jessie G.

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Not content on playing a single reunion show New Zealand punk legends Bleeders announce additional headlining club shows. Aside from the already announced appearance at the New Zealand Tattoo & Art Festival on the 24 November at the TSB Stadium in New Plymouth, Bleeders now add Wellington and Auckland dates. “We are extremely excited to be back playing again this year” says Bleeders frontman Angelo Munro. “It’s a chance to give the New Zealand Bleeders fans a proper goodbye that they deserve”
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The finalists for the 47th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards have been announced. Leading the charge with six finals berths is Kimbra, while Home Brew and Six60 both have five nominations, Gin Wigmore four awards while Opossom has received three finalist spot nods. Below are some of the finalist. For the full list go to our website grooveguide.co.nz. Album of The Year Home Brew – Home Brew Kimbra – Vows Opossom – Electric Hawaii Six60 – Six60 The Adults – The Adults Vodafone Single of The Year Annah Mac – ‘Girl in Stilettos’ Gin Wigmore – ‘Black Sheep’ Kimbra – ‘Warrior’ Six60 – ‘Don’t Forget Your Roots’ The Adults – ‘Nothing To Lose’ FOuR Best Group Home Brew – Home Brew Opossom – Electric Hawaii Six60 – Six60 Best Male Solo Artist Bulletproof – Dub Me Crazy Seth Haapu – Seth Haapu Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra Best Female Solo Artist Gin Wigmore – Gravel & Wine Kimbra – Vows Ladyhawke – Anxiety Westpac Hotpoints Breakthrough Artist of The Year Annah Mac – Little Stranger Home Brew – Home Brew Kimbra – Vows Rockshop Best Rock Album The Checks – Deadly Summer Sway Clap Clap Riot – Counting Spins Head Like a Hole – Blood Will Out The Edge Best Pop Album Bic Runga – Belle Gin Wigmore – Gravel & Wine Kimbra - Vows Best Alternative Album Ladyhawke – Anxiety Opossom – Electric Hawaii Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unkown Mortal Orchestra Best urban / Hip Hop Album Adeaze – Rise & Shine Home Brew – Home Brew Savage – Mayhem & Miracles Best Electronica Album Bulletproof – Dub Me Crazy Concord Dawn – Air Chrysalis Six60 – Six60 NZ On Air Best Music Video Special Problems – ‘Take a Picture’ (David Dallas) Special Problems – ‘The Sun’ (The Naked and Famous) Special Problems – ‘My Calculator’ (Zowie) Vodafone People’s Choice Award Gin Wigmore Kimbra Home Brew Six60 Stan Walker New Zealand Herald Legacy Award Toy Love
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Favourite drink? Probably milk out of the fridge, straight from the carton. Favourite restaurant/café? Sails Restaurant Westhaven for the crayfish lunch (But I‘ve only been once). Favourite takeaway? Battered sausage from Bonzo Burger in Mt Eden. People say battered sausages are just hotdogs without the stick. That’s bollocks. Battered sausages are sausages that have been battered. Hot dogs are battered frankfurters or saveloys on a stick. I prefer the battered sausage. Favourite classic film? Airplane! Captain: You ever been in a cockpit before? Joey: No I’ve never been up in a plane before. Captain: You ever seen a grown man naked? … Classic! Favourite childhood memory? Watching crappy taped music videos with my little sister. Favourite party food? Cheerios and tomato sauce. I’d eat a whole kilo if I can get away with it. Favourite song? ‘Drink ‘till I Die’ – Bad News. Favourite ‘90s TV show? Seinfeld and The Simpsons. They’re like Bibles for smart people. Every question in life is answered within their episodes. Favourite body part on you? The piece of donor spine I had put in my back last year. Favourite body part on someone else? That same piece of spine, when it was growing on the donor. I hope it brought that person as much happiness while they were around as it brings me now they’re gone. Favourite venue? The Powerstation, Auckland Favourite lyric? ‘War Pigs’ – Black Sabbath. “Generals gathered in their masses, just like witches at black masses”. I like how they rhyme masses with masses. Favourite current TV show? Game of Thrones. Having to wait another year for more episodes is very depressing.
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RIVAL STATE
RISING SuN

8PM, $30, UnDERthERADAR.cO.nZ

The American avant-garde group return to New Zealand for one Auckland show, back with a new album Always. Hailing from California and taking their name from the 1998 Chinese film Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl, the band are famous for their crazy music videos and even crazier sound. Don’t miss the chance to see them for this one off.

Kiwi revelers Rival State have proved themselves as an unstoppable machine, forming in 2002, disbanding in 2007 for a four-year hiatus, and back this year with their debut album. They have some solid support behind their debut, with British producer Matt Hyde (Slipknot, Trivium, Funeral for a Friend) stepping on board.

PAUL UBANA JONES
SAIL ROCK CAFÉ
MAnGAWhAI, 7.30PM

BILLY BRAGG
TOWN HALL
7PM

Paul Ubana Jones and percussionist Tony Majdalani join forces in what is expected to be a whirlwind of rhythmic virtuosity, groove and other things. Paul’s a man who has been around since the 1980s, when he released his debut platinum self-titled album. Tony is a good friend and a percussionist from Haifa who’s been living in Switzerland for a good 30 years.

When he’s not talking, writing or singing about politics he is… well, that never happens. The Bard from Barking’s latest tour celebrates the legacy of Woody Guthrie, with this year marking the 100th anniversary of his birth, as well as highlighting his most popular songs in a career that has spanned three decades.

ZAINE GRIFF
PADDINGTON LIVE
8PM

2 A.M. ORCHESTRA
WHAMMY BAR
10PM

Zaine will play a range of material from his re-released first two albums, Ashes & Diamonds and Figvres, with a selection of startling new pieces from his forthcoming latest album The Visitor. The evening’s performance will span his work with Tony Visconti, Hans Zimmer and Kate Bush.

2 a.m. Orchestra, having recently morphed from an acoustic sextet to a rock ‘n’ roll four-piece, will be hosting a free show with Freaky Meat that’s all about rock, funk and beat-speak. They’re promising to blow your mind and polish your spleen. Not even your doctor can do that.

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BEAT FIX
SNAPDRAGON
9PM

TAHUNA BREAKS
THE BEDFORD
8PM, $20, EVEntFInDER.cO.nZ

As the title suggests, if you have had a hard week of listening to substandard beats and far too much Justin Bieber dubstep, get your fix tonight. Located down by the Viaduct, perfect for daylight savings, be entertained all night long by Dick “Magik” Johnston, Soane, and Normski.

There’s a funky beat up in here, a familiar tune that sounds like summer. Tahuna Breaks forthcoming album may not be hitting the stands until 2013, but to celebrate the release of their second single ‘Smooth’, they figured, why not gig about a bit? They will also be previewing a whole bunch of unreleased tracks.

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SANDWICHES
11PM, $15, DAShtIcKEtS.cO.nZ

PETER URLICH
PADDINGTON LIVE
8PM, $20, EVEntFInDER.cO.nZ

Omg omg *waves hands around face like a hyperventilating Miss America contestant.* Mexicanthemed night AND State of Mind pumping the decks? Not to mention support from some of New Zealand’s dubstep heavyweights, including MC Woody, DDog and Stonya. Rip into the tequila and have a fiesta.

Former Th’Dudes legend takes time out from the decks and radio shows with a swingin’ sextet. Playing the songs that he’s loved since way back when, apparently there will be a large dose of daddy cool-style, sharp dressing (questionable) and upbeat positive energy. Yikes. Take your mum.

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ELAINE PAIGE
CLAuDELANDS ARENA
8PM, $99-130, tIcKEtEK.cO.nZ

ALBUM OF ThE WEEK
THE DATSUNS
DEATH RATTLE BOOGIE

West End and Broadway star, also known as The First Lady of Musical Theatre, performs a selection of her favourite modern classics as well as songs from her new album. Elaine is a name most recognisable for her work in some of the biggest musicals: Chess, Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar and The King and I to name a few.

BRITOMART SUNDAY SERVICE
BRITOMART COuNTRY CLuB
2PM

What could be misread as a Sunday school service, or even the meeting of the local bowls group is actually an afternoon wind-down at your favourite place to be coming into summer. Sit down for a $10 Sunday grill and enjoy the musical stylings of Grapevinyl DJs (on at 2pm) and Cuba Street Hustle (5pm).

ANIKA, BOH & HOLLIE
CIVIC THEATRE
ROtORUA, 7PM, $68, tIcKEtMAStER.cO.nZ

The ladies of Kiwi soul, R&B and sultriness are on the road. Like a good old girls’ road trip, these beauties have formed New Zealand’s first female supergroup to combine their awesome and award-winning talents, putting together the most dazzling show you’ll ever see.

The Datsuns are back to remind us why they were hailed as the future of rock and roll a decade ago. Death Rattle Boogie – their fifth studio album in 10 years – smacks you around the head with hits from start to finish and will be remembered as one of their greatest achievements. Dolf De Borst, (vocals/bass), Christian Livingstone (guitar), Phil Somervell (guitar) and Ben Cole (drums) make it sound easy to create innovative rock and roll, but they are actually a perfect storm of talent. I’d categorise them with Josh Homme and Jack White in their freakish ability to reinvent a distinct style and create instant hits. The first track, ‘Gods Are Bored’, has been released as a free digital download on their website and it certainly sets the tone for the rest of the album. Fast-paced, full of swagger and bullish, it quickly whets your appetite for more. The solos are supreme and showcases Dolf’s vocal range. The trend continues straight into the next track, ‘Gold Halo’, which is equally hard to ignore. ‘Axethrower’ is my favourite song on the album. It’s so grungy and seductive. ‘Bullseye’ and ‘Shadow’s Loom Large’ are also standouts for the same reason. Weaker tracks such as ‘Skull Full Of Bones’ and ‘Helping Hands’ get a bit lost but do balance out

the album quite nicely, while ‘Wander The Night’ slows things right down to dish out extreme guitar solos. ‘Death Of Me’ finishes things off with true grit and leaves you wanting more. If this was good through headphones, it will be even more dominating live and I’m looking forward to seeing the lads when they tour again. The Datsuns offer a range that make them accessible to international audiences and keep them interesting. Death Rattle Boogie is the perfect showcase of this talent.
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DRAGON
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PALMERStOn nORth 7.30PM, $68, tIcKEtDIREct.cO.nZ

While you’re waiting for that April sun in Cuba, let Dragon take you there as they have done for thousands of Kiwi audiences for over 40 years. Yeap, 40 years, so let’s celebrate one of our enduring Kiwi icons. Their music has stood the test of time, bad karaoke nights and open mic sessions.

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The best place for a date night is… At home? I’m never home so this is the most exciting idea for me! Where can your fans find you during the weekend? A lot of performances take place on the weekend, and if not I’m usually traveling between them. Otherwise, twitter’s a good option! People say you look like… Michelle Lee from Glee. Kittens or puppies? Kittens because I grew up with cats. What generic current affair has your blood boiled? The current affairs in Syria are almost too painful to watch. My heart and thoughts goes out to those who are suffering. Plug whatever it is that’s coming up for you. I’m performing Tchaikovsky’s amazing Violin Concerto - one of the most challenging works from the violin repertoire. I’m really looking forward to performing this with the NZSO and Peruvian conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya in Forbidden Love.
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I’m going to level with you: the south (of any city) gets a lot of stick. But open up your mind and witness the creative melting pot nestled in Auckland’s far south with the Southside Arts Festival 2012, an annual event that showcases a range of diverse art events, including fashion, dance, music, theatre and more. Now in its fifth year, the festival aims to promote and develop creative excellence and innovation that is unique to Auckland’s south. With so many events to choose from, here are a few of the signature ones to look out for. Southside Gig starts off with a hip-hop workshop leads into a Graf Art battle by international graffiti artist Jurne, before ending with a break dancing showdown like no other. For those where music is your thing, The Mixer Concert is the one to mark out. It’s a solid showcase of Polynesian talent, with rising reggae stars Tomorrow People headlining along with international group Swiss. Pieter T and Three Houses Down also feature. This is a unique opportunity each year to experience culture and arts beyond your own bubble. Get out and learn something new!

Your signature “I’m an amazing cook” dish is… I’m not sure I’d say I’m an amazing cook, but anything with pasta is cooked pretty well in my hands! The best TV show around at the moment is… I really don’t watch or follow any TV shows regularly, but speaking of cooking I loved Two Greedy Italians. What’s an upcoming film you’re excited about? I have not been keeping up to date with what’s coming up, but I recently saw The Dark Knight Rises in the IMAX, which was absolutely incredible.

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STARDOME
8PM, $35, BOOKMYShOW.cO.nZ

One’s described as rich and husky, the other as zesty with a sharp bite. No, it’s not a Long Island Iced Tea and a Cosmo, it’s the comedy cocktail of Vance Fontaine and Miss Fletcher: Vance, a multitalented crooner with the sexual prowess of John Rowles, and Miss Fletcher’s soulful sultriness make for the perfect evening combination.

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GuS FISHER GALLERY
WED 10 Oct - SAt 20 Oct

The stardome experience is the best way to trip balls without affecting your health or criminal record. Surrealistic environments project onto the fulldome arena while to the sounds of Led Zeppelin transport viewers to another dimension. Heavy man. Take a ride on the wild side.

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I’m loving the pun in the headline here. Not only is this choreographer Douglas Wright’s body of work in the sense that it’s a collection of more than 40 dance-theatre works in pictures over the last 30 years, but his work is also about bodies. Nice. See what they did there.

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Experience the iconic musical through live performances, immersive animation and special effects in the planetarium dome.

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STARDOME presents Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of “THE WAR OF THE WORLDS” UNDER LICENSE. Written by Doreen Wayne. Adapted from H. G. Wells’ classic science fiction story. Music by Jeff Wayne. Lyrics by Gary Osborne except ‘Forever Autumn’ by Gary Osborne and Paul Vigrass, and ‘The Eve of The War’ by Jeff Wayne. Produced by arrangement with Ollie Record Productions & Jeff Wayne Music (Publishing) Limited. © Copyright 1976-2013 Ollie Record Productions & Jeff Wayne Music (Publishing) Limited. All rights reserved.

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DREDD 3D

Why do Hollywood executives continually want us to believe that Bradley Cooper is a really good writer? Why can’t he just take his shirt off? Anyhow, The Words is about a struggling writer who steals another man’s work only to pay a serious price.

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A documentary following two South Africans as they set out to discover what happened to their musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez: a Mexican-American folk musician cultivated a solid fan base in Australia, South Africa and even here.

Extinguishing any residual memories of Sylvester Stallone and Rob Schneider’s 1995 foray into Mega-City One within moments, the new Dredd is a down-and-dirty hardcore action fest with style and thrills to burn. As Judge Dredd, Kiwi Karl Urban distills a leading man performance down to its most essential elements and projects them through his permanently – and appropriately – downturned mouth. An actor without the use of his eyes can be a muted thing indeed (see Jemaine Clement in Men In Black III), but Urban gets his point across with gusto. While the presence of Olivia Thirlby’s rookie Judge Anderson provides the film’s central Training Day-like character dynamic, this is more concerned with being a straight-up action movie than delving into Dredd’s head. Lena Headey’s scarred-up villain Ma-Ma is suitably detestable and Wood Harris (The Wire) adds something as a low-level criminal.

An independent production, it’s clear Dredd doesn’t have a Michael Bay-sized budget, but the scope never feels compromised and the future world it establishes feels lived-in. Any accusations of “smallness” are instantly offset by the film’s razor-sharp focus and distinctly non-studio-like brutality. Indeed, a nice sense of Paul Verhoeven-esque over-the-topness permeates the proceedings here, with a little hint of the Dutch madman’s satirical leanings sneaking in too. Dredd benefits greatly from not trying to be all things to all people – it’s tailor-made for fans of old school brutal action who are under-served by today’s blockbuster landscape. And the whole enterprise rests ably on Urban’s broad shoulders. Local boy done good. Local boy done real good.
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SKY MOVIES, 4.45PM

When he’s not being quirky and confusing in anything Tim Burton has done, Johnny Depp is voicing an odd and confused chameleon in this animated flick. Faced with a major identity crisis, Rango accidently leaves his easy life as a pet and ends up in the wild west town of Dirt, an outlaw post in the desert.

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FAMILY GUY - SEASON 10
COMEDY CENTRAL, 7.40 PM

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SOUTH PARK - SEASON 16
COMEDY CENTRAL, 10.10PM

Oh man, freakin’ sweet. Family Guy season 10 is back with more cutaways, celebrity in-jokes and awkward conversations than you can poke an Evil Monkey finger at. This season kicks off with the Griffin family winning the Lottery, before predictably blowing it in the most ridiculous ways that only they would know how.

Always current, always satirically cruel, South Park’s New Zealand premiere of season 16 is here. This time, the creators are tackling the big issues such as the Kony 2012 viral video, the tantrum throwing Honey Boo Boo and a whole lot of insults thrown at Jews. Join your favourite characters on more bizarre journeys.

PRIME ROCKS: POISON
PRIME, 9.35PM

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Poison were the MTV staple of the late 1980s, known for songs such as ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn’ and then Bret Michaels much later “career” in the trashiest reality TV show Rock of Love. This documentary compiles never-before-seen footage and interviews with the glam metal band.

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If the name is familiar, it might be because Little & Friday’s baked goods are something to be a) marveled at and then b) scoffed before anyone else can get their greedy paws on them. Baker and owner Kim Evans’ treats are so delicious she’s shared her secrets with the world in a little cookbook.

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150 MAEROA RD

FORTUNA
LEVEL 3, SKYCITY, CORNER VICTORIA AND FEDERAL STREETS, AuCKLAND
FOR MORE InFORMAtIOn AnD PROMOtIOn tERMS AnD cOnDItIOnS, VISIt SKYcItYAUcKLAnD.cO.nZ. BOOKInGS REcOMMEnDED, PhOnE (09) 363 6000.

Located out in suburbia, The Sugar Bowl Café is hidden away from the bustle and grind of the CBD. Their food is top quality, with tapas and tasters to whet your appetite and coffee to die for. And if it is takeaway you are after, grab a chocolate brownie to go!

Enjoy the vibrant flavours of the Mediterranean at Fortuna from 5 – 21 October in their themed buffet. From sun-kissed tomatoes and gourmet pastas to fragrant herbs and spices. Enjoy a fresh aubergine, feta and mint salad, bucatini amatriciana pasta, thyme, honey and clove glazed ham and spinach gnocchi in a grape tomato and olive sauce. There’s also piping hot traditional pizza, cinnamon and oregano roast chicken and dukkah roast vegetables. As well as the Mediterranean buffet, enjoy fresh, delicious dishes including live cooking and seafood. If that doesn’t get you going then the freshly baked breads, succulent pork belly and fantastic range of fresh salads and vegetarian dishes will. Still not convinced? Did we mention the extensive selection of desserts and ice cream... Plus get an entry into the draw to win a stylish retro Lambretta scooter with every adult buffet lunch or dinner meal purchased from 5 October to 21 October 2012.

DAYTIME

DATE NIGHT CASuAL DINING CHEAP AND CHEERFuL TAKEAWAY SHARE

ViBE KEY
MEXICO

OPEN LATE NEW KID HIPSTER FRIENDLY OuTDOOR

AuCKLANd EAtEriES
AGENTS & MERCHANTS
6-10 Roukai Lane (09) 309-5854 Seasonal lunch meals and latenight tapas served in a small cobblestone alleyway.

DE POST

466 Mt Eden Rd (09) 630-9330 Your local in the heart of Mt. Eden with over 100 beers available and superb food.

23 Britomart Place (09) 366-1759 The Strand Takapuna (09) 280-1487 Vibrant Mexican street food served with margaritas, tequila and Mexican Beer. Arrive early for a table.

SALE ST

7 Sale St (09) 307-8148 Bistro dining, award-winning microbrewery celebrated garden bar and very private Velvet Room!

BRITOMART COuNTRY CLuB

HERNE BAY LOCAL

170 Jervois Rd 376-5367

31 Galway St (09) 303-2541 Gourmet pizzas, tapas and a famous high tea service

THAI ME uP MOOCHOWCHOW
23 Ponsonby Rd (09) 360-6262 Like a stroll through the fragrant night markets & food stalls of Bangkok, MooChowChow is a boost to the senses.

244 Ponsonby Rd (09) 376-9909

JAM ORGANIC CAFE

33-35 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna 4861-600

VERONA

CHAPEL

147 Ponsonby Rd (09) 360-4528

LA ZEPPA KITCHEN & BAR DEPOT
37 Drake St (09) 379-8167 The focus: people who want to enjoy each other’s company with a great glass of wine and tasty plates.

PINXTOS (OPENING OCTOBER)
128c Ponsonby Rd Bar*Cafe*Tapas

169 K’Rd (09) 307-0508 Celebrating 20 years on K’Rd. Open 10am till late seven days with intimate booths live music, gourmet food, cocktails & organic tap beer.

86 Federal St (09) 363-7048

THE WINDSOR CASTLE DISTRICT DINING
50 Customs St East (09)368-5315 Fresh, affordable bistro dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Designed to share.

LIBERTINE

ORVIETO CAFE

935A Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden

37 Drake St (09) 929-2790 Taking its cue from the Americas, but with an Antipodean twist.

144 Parnell Rd (09) 356-3650 Established in 1847, one of Auckland’s earliest surviving hotels serving gastro pub food in a comfortable, unpretentious environment.

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GIG GuIdE
WELLINGTON GIG GuIdE
Wed 10
Bewm BaBiez, Kotenshu
10PM, Mighty Mighty, $5 Meow

ShiT WorTh doinG

CHRISTCHuRCH GIG GuIdE
david greenBerg & rennie pearson FFd presents Just Friends
Burgundy Room Bar Medusa

Wed 10
dr sanchez
8.30PM, The Monday Room

Kate anastasiou
7PM, Black Betty

hydra’s talent Quest
8PM, Medusa, $10

heather leigh w/ omit KittentanK, caves & douBle ya d
Mighty Mighty

marlon williams (unFaithFul ways)
8PM, Porthole Bar

lamB & hayward masterworKs revolution
7.30PM, Aurora Centre

Kroon For your Kai
7PM, The Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant

the medicine standup comedy night
8PM, Meow, $5

rdu 98.5Fm Jagermeister decKnology 2012 - hears
8PM, Dux Live

lupus lunar alBum release party w/ delaney davidson
9PM, Wunderbar, $10

oceania storm

rocKtoBer: triBute
7PM, San Francisco Bath House, $20

9PM, Sandridge Hotel, $15

tahuna BreaKs

Thu 11
2 For 1 thursdays w/ dJs micah, B-lo, gus
9PM, Betty’s Function House & Bar

roseneath centennial ragtime Band oF wellington new zealand
10PM, The Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant

Thu 11
dJ nacoa & natalie slade
9PM, The Monday Room

8PM, The Bedford, $20

the Big Fat living dolls show! chch
8PM, Hornby Worker Men’s Club, $35

state oF mind
Sandwiches

i am you with mantis, the laon & Brannyman
8PM, Wunderbar, $5 6PM, Brickworks

BandeoKe

these Four walls w/ ashei and house oF mountain
8PM, The Venue, $10

8PM, The Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant

the Blue onesies, nostalgiaphopes, Big ricK
10PM, Mighty Mighty, $5

the Bemsha swing - against Friends & lovers tour
Bodega

Kate anastasiou the lizard Kings doors experience

Sun 14
Bodies w/ Batpiss
5PM, Dux Live

the nothing
8PM, Shed 6, $35

the eggs live at matterhorn
8PM, Matterhorn 8PM, Shed 6, $35

Ferrymead Speights Ale House

the nothing the wellington sea shanty society
4PM, The Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant 9PM, Betty’s Function House & Bar

Fri 12
dJ dan
9.30PM, The Monday Room

chris daBinett
7.30PM, The Brewery

Fri 12
coolies, octopus, cutss
10PM, Mighty Mighty

lloyd

The Astro Lounge

hennessy love machine
10PM, The Brewery

KicK cluB w/ dJ speedy

Mon 15
laura hunter Quiz night
8PM, The Monday Room 6.30PM, Pierside Cafe

dJ mareK

Kate anastasiou
5PM, The Astro Lounge

9PM, Betty’s Function house & Bar

living dust

green For the pinK
Bodega

Sun 14
BacK porch sunday
Kelburn Village Pub

8.30PM, Wunderbar

ollie

lisa tomlins
8PM, Matterhorn The Innkeeper

7PM, The Woolston Club

max whitehouse niKo ne zna

cuBanFusion 7th Birthday party latin aotearoa
3PM, Matterhorn

plastic paco w/ aldous harding
9AM, Darkroom

6PM, The Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant

sol latino

our add y TinGS iS oWn l
GROOV E G u ID E .C O .n

10PM, The Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant

8PM, Alvarados

z

thingymagig

roy irwin, the Boxcar rattle, the poison hearts
9PM, Burgundy Room, $5

8PM, Winnies Ferrymead

the recovery sessions Feat. cluBe de choro
3PM, The Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant

SaT 13
delicious music present K-laB - organiK ismness w/ soulware tweQ & JB naste
8PM, Dux Live, $20

the nothing
8PM, Shed 6, $35

SaT 13
Billy Bragg
The Opera House

Tue 16
acoustic open mic
The Fringe Bar The Library

dr sanchez

live music

6PM, The Astro Lounge

ShiT WorTh doinG

auCkLaNd GIG GuIdE
Wed 10
acetones
9PM, Verona

general lee
7PM, Chapel Bar

hdspns ep release
8AM, Golden Dawn Tavern of Power, $5

the Friday Blender
8PM, Chapel Bar

imagine this
8PM, Snapdragon

altmusic presents heather leigh (scotland) w/ rosy parlane and greg malcolm / chris o’connor duo
9AM, Audio Foundation, $9

Jason eli

huFFey street sound system, danno
6PM, Racket

tido

5PM, The Britomart Country Club

6PM, Commons

old school dJs
6PM, Racket

Jason eli

6PM, Commons

tsg live with aroha, FranK BooKer Ft lewis mccallum
5PM, Tyler Street Garage

conch records at Bcc dirty diana
7PM, Chapel Bar

5PM, The Britomart Country Club

resonance a night oF dnB w/ mixed crate n ginger minx
8PM, Ginger Minx

Jason smith duo
7PM, Merchant Bar

vanguardred magazine launch
8PM, Hard Luck Cafe, $10 10PM, 4:20

John holmes
6PM, nuffield St.

viper tour: matrix y chromozone
8PM, Q Theatre

root down with dean campBell

lee gray duo

8PM, Elephant Wrestler

Fresh cuts

6PM, Tyler Street Garage

6AM, Q Theatre, $25

shaKe, stir and sing
7PM, The Windsor Castle

magiK sessions w/ dicK Johnson
9PM, Ginger Minx

zane - t

grant marshall and nigel love
5PM, Sale St

6PM, Commons

the wax worKs: t-rice tido

5PM, The Britomart Country Club 6PM, Everybodys

marty Bones,chewie lewis
6PM, Libertine

KaraoKe

SaT 13
1814
Tainui Tavern, St Johns

8PM, QF Tavern

matthew picKering
7PM, Artworks Community Theatre, $10

neKromantix

8PM, The Kings Arms

traKman xiu xiu

7PM, Libertine 8PM, The Kings Arms

racKet BooK swap
6PM, Racket

nigel love , Jordan momentus
6PM, Hurstmere Brew Bar

1outs, new zealand’s First mc Battle league
8PM, Ginger Minx, $10

tuaKana

8PM, Q Theatre

y chromozone
8PM, Q Theatre

page3 and vincent hanna
5PM, Sale St

a ponsonBy institution
8PM, Chapel Bar

zaine griFF

Thu 11
acoustic thursday Ft. hugh mccarroll
5PM, northern SteamShip

9PM, Paddington Live

rice, soane

5PM, neighbourhood

altmusic presents heather leigh w/ omit
9PM, Audio Foundation, $9

Fri 12
the Johnnys
9PM, The Kings Arms

rival state alBum launch
9PM, Rising Sun

Beat Fix

9PM, Snapdragon

acoustic thursday w/ eli
7PM, neighbourhood

roB thorne toi puoro perFormance
7AM, Audio Foundation, $5

Brett polley

8PM, Glen Eden RSA

2 a.m. orchestra
10PM, Whammy Bar

acoustic thursdays with waylon
7PM, nuffield St.

aroha

royal Falcon, drop dead redhead rudsits Brothers
9PM, The Patriot

Brother love cd release

uFO Live Music Venue

8PM, 1885 Basement

8PM, Leigh Sawmill Cafe, $10

clouds and shampoo
8PM, Kings Arms, $10

alex richards

Ben wah, normsKi
6PM, northern SteamShip

6PM, Hurstmere Brew Bar

david shanhun duo
8PM, Rickshaw Eddys

Billy Bragg instore
5.30PM, Real Groovy 9PM, Cassette nine

Billy Bragg

shimo Kita rocK vol. 02
7PM, Galatos Live, $10

Auckland Town Hall

Business casual deewhy and selecta sam
6PM, Sale St

Brett polley
9PM, Florries

solly

6PM, La zeppa Kitchen

danno, will styles
8PM, 1885 Britomart 8PM, Moretons Bar

tdK, dylan c
9PM, Snapdragon 6PM, Q Theatre

deadlights entertainment presents the great conJunction Feat. advocates, Fuelset, day3, Fire For glory
7PM, Coda Lounge, $10

Fire at will, silence the city
8PM, The Whiskey, $10

david shanhun dean te paa
9PM, Basalt

tertiary colours the classic hits acoustic church tour 2012: aniKa, Boh & hollie the dt

deewhy, sample gee and vincent hanna
7PM, Sale St

Fresh cuts
6PM, Q Theatre

dJ sister act
4PM, Chapel Bar

douBle dutch
5PM, Chapel Bar

FunK me all night long!

7PM, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, Auckland, $67.50 8PM, Glen Eden RSA

eddie manuKau
8PM, Glen Eden RSA 5PM, Everybodys

douglas wright - Body oF worK
1PM, Gus Fisher Gallery

8PM, The Corner Store

FranK BooKer

dylan c

10PM, 1885 Basement

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ShiT WorTh doinG

auCkLaNd GIG GuIdE
Farah loux alBum release w/ malimali & tattletale saints
The Basement

sicK disco presents north shore pony cluB, tommy Flowers, aroha, dirty Bastards
6PM, Cassette nine, $10

2PM, Merchant Bar

Blend

music Quiz

9PM, The Kings Arms

FranK BooKer
7PM, Commons

Britomart sunday service craig anthony
2PM, De Post

southside gig spooKy
7PM, Everybodys

2PM, The Britomart Country Club

morning melodies david selFe, piano man
Bruce Mason Centre

goody 2 shoes
7PM, Merchant Bar

TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre

student Jazz large ensemBle concerts
6PM, Studio One, Kenneth Myers Centre

in Flagrante lee gray duo
9PM, The Patriot

8PM, Q Theatre, $54

spring salsa Ball
8PM, Q Theatre

letters to the Future alBum release party
nectar

lily

stinKy Jm, Furry salmon
7PM, Libertine

lily

Tue 16
music oF the heart
Hopetoun Alpha

6PM, Q Theatre

6PM, Q Theatre

tertiary colours
8PM, Q Theatre

mime worKshop w/ sir Jon trimmer
11AM, Q Theatre

manic BaBy dolls with JacKal, poast, the echo oh’s & layzerBeeK
7PM, The Grand Central Bar

open mic night

8PM, The Windsor Castle

the peter urlich swingin’ sextet
Paddington Live

pirata Fiesta

6PM, Juice Bar, $10

paul uBana Jones & tony maJdalani Quiz night

marK tronson
9PM, Florries

tido

8PM, Racket

sunday session with the sentimental sound system
3PM, Chapel Bar 2PM, Q Theatre

Blockhouse Bay Boat Club 3BC 7PM, The Kings Arms

master Jams with recloose
9PM, Tyler Street Garage

tido, amiee rensFord
5PM, neighbourhood

the Kids show vincent hanna and deewhy
2PM, Sale St Mon 15

student Jazz large ensemBle concerts
7PM, Studio One, Kenneth Myers Centre

matthew picKering w/ Bond street Bridge
7PM, Wine Cellar, $10

we own the night
10PM, 1885 Britomart, $10 8PM, Hurstmere Brew Bar

zane - t , alex richards

tuesday live
QF Tavern

mole music presents
8PM, The Kings Arms, $10 The nathan Club

native soul lounge selecta sam

Sun 14
an audience w/ sir Jon trimmer
4PM, Q Theatre

Ben Fernandez

Spencer on Byron Hotel

cluB connoisseurs
6PM, Chapel Bar

8PM, La zeppa Kitchen

our add y TinGS iS oWn l
E GROOV G u ID E

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REGIONaL GIG GuIdE
Wed 10
the classic hits acoustic church tour 2012 : aniKa, Boh & hollie

Fri 12
amped presents gig 3
7PM, Dunedin Muso’s Club

devilsKin

8PM, Basement Bar, new Plymouth, $10

tempist FuJit

9PM, Mangawhai Tavern, Mangawhai, $5

7PM, St Andrew’s On Liardet, new Plymouth, $67.50

Bulletholes 4: exploring the unKnown
YOT Club, Raglan

SaT 13
devilsKin
9PM, The Royal, Palmerston north, $10

the classic hits acoustic church tour 2012: aniKa, Boh & hollie
7PM, Holy Trinity, Tauranga, $67.50

Thu 11
matthew picKering ‘up at the BunKers’ tour
8PM, The Mayfair, new Plymouth

oceania storm nz tour - sweet music alBum release
Sammy’s, Dunedin

elaine paige

Claudelands Arena, Hamilton

paul uBana Jones & tony maJdalani phoney dog ep release tour slavetrader

KingsnaKe rhythm & Blues Band
Colonial Tavern, Rotorua

Sun 14
KingsnaKe rhythm & Blues Band
Biddy Mulligans Irish Pub, Hamilton

northburn Station, Cromwell

midge mccleary
10PM, Saints, nelson

the classic hits acoustic church tour 2012: aniKa, Boh & hollie

The Blue Duck, Milford Sound Static Bar, Hamilton

phoney dog ep release tour

7PM, Chapel of Christ The King, Hamilton, $67.50

The Long Room, Riverton

paul uBana Jones & tony maJdalani
Butlers Reef Hotel, new Plymouth

these Four walls w/ashei and house oF mountain

the sam & eric show
Seismic Gastrobar, Rotorua

rival state alBum launch tastyBrown alBum tour

The Mayfair, new Plymouth

8PM, Players Entertainment Centre, Invercargill, $10

these Four walls w/ashei and house oF mountain

the classic hits acoustic church tour 2012: aniKa, Boh & hollie
7PM, Civic Theatre, Rotorua, $67.50

The Flying Dutchman, Gisborne

8PM, Chicks Hotel, Dunedin, $10

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GrooVe GulPS
AdAm NeAl

ShiT WorTh drinKinG

CHiCKS HoTel
2 mount street

Bar manager: racKet Bar, 6-10 rouaKi lane, Britomart

Feel like a salty sea traveler in Port Chalmers’ premiere gig venue, pub and hotel. Hosting some of the best live music from around the country and beyond, the Chicks Hotel has the rustic feel of an 1800s pub, complete with dingy interior and retro couches. The owners are inviting and the atmosphere goes off.

AVidA BAr
132 Featherson street

wisdom: Even if you have never worked in a bar before, as long as you show that you are willing to learn and have a good work ethic. There will always be someone that will hire you.

ingredients: 30ml Beefeater Gin 30ml Campari 30ml Cinzano Rosso method: Build garnish: Orange Zest

VIBE kEy

about me: I have worked in hospitality for seven years now. Over the years I have worked in every type of venue you can think of, from dark pubs to 5 star boutique hotels. I started in this industry when I was 18 and since then I have never looked back. I have travelled the world using my skills as a bartender to pay the way. It’s been a great seven years and I look forward to the next challenges that come my way.

This Mediterranean specialist is a bar, a bistro and a world-wide tasting tray of the familiar, the nostalgic and the totally unexpected.Like its patrons it can be piquant and subtle or bold and brilliant. Go on a trip from the North African Coast to Europe and back again. signature cocktail:

NegroNi
glass: Rocks

daytime open late Food hipster Friendly aFter worK

sports Bar dance Floor one night stand live music craFt Beers

ILLEGAL IN NINE COUNTRIES, THESE SEX PANTHERS OF SAN DIEGAN SLOW JAM ARE WELL RECEIVED BY AUDIENCES 60% OF THE TIME... ALL OF THE TIME. EVERY WED NIGHT FROM 8PM, CHAPEL - 147 PONSONBY RD

ShiT WorTh drinKinG

auCkLaNd BaRS PONSONBy PoNSoNBY
chapel
147 ponsonby rd (09) 360-4528 For a quiet afternoon drink with friends in the sun, a light bite, a la carte dining or a great night out.

racKet Bar

6-10 roukai lane (09) 309-5854 Serves everything from singlemalt whisky to cans of Double Brown.

mT edeN MT EdEN
de post
466 mt eden rd (09) 630-9330 Your local in the heart of Mt. Eden with over 100 beers available and superb food.

Quay st cluBrooms

204 Quay st (09) 357-6147 Watch the game while your girlfriend goes dancing.

mexico golden dawn
crossroads of ponsonby & richmond rds ph (09) 376-9929

23 Britomart place (09) 366-1759 Drink in the eclectic front bar or settle into the cosy dining area to explore the short but compelling menu.

ViCToriA PArK VICTORIa PaRk

PaRNELL PArNell
the paddington
117 st georges Bay rd (09) 309-3586 A Parnell institution for sports events, craft beers and superb food with the recent addition of top-notch live gigs.

sale st

7 sale st (09) 307-8148 A unique collection of spaces award-winning microbrewery, bistro dining, dance floor with live music, celebrated garden bar and very private Velvet Room!

grand central

126 ponsonby rd (09) 360-1260 Ponsonby’s longest serving bar with live music/DJ 7 nights. 2 for 1 happy hour & licensed to 5am.

NEWMaRkET NeWmArKeT
the claddagh
372-376 Broadway (09) 522-4410 The Claddagh Irish Pub - A slice of Ireland in the heart of Newmarket.

la zeppa Kitchen & Bar

shanghai lil’s

Julep

311 parnell rd 358 0868

152 ponsonby rd (09) 378-8186

37 drake st (09) 379-8167 Focuses on the fact that people want to enjoy each other’s company with a great glass of wine and tasty plates, without the constraints of having to book or have a meal at a certain time.

CENTRaL & kRd CeNTrAl & K’rd
pinxtos (opening oct)
128c ponsonby rd Bar*Cafe*Tapas 352 K’rd (09) 365-1800 Tues-Sat

doc Bar

the windsor castle

144 parnell rd (09) 356-3650 Established in 1847, one of Auckland’s earliest surviving hotels serves gastro pub food in a comfortable, unpretentious environment.

liBertine

the ponsonBy (Belgian Beer caFe)

Kings arms

1-3 st mary’s rd (09) 376-6092 A little piece of Europe in the heart of Ponsonby. The perfect spot to kick start the weekend, for an intimate dinner or a refreshing after-work beverage...

59 France st (09) 373-3240

Father ted’s original irish puB

kINGSLaNd KiNgSlANd
neighBourhood BrewBar
498 new north rd (09) 846-3773 Nestled in the site of an old garage and engineering shop Neighbourhood celebrates the craft of beer and is perfect for after work drinks or a Sunday session on the sun drenched outdoor courtyard.

37 drake st (09) 929-2790 This new bar and eatery takes its cue from the Americas, but with an Antipodean twist. Guests can sit and order from anywhere within the space - plates to share in the dining area, mains at the bar.

BRITOMaRT BriTomArT
1885 - Britomart
27 galway st (09) 551 3100 Nightclub upstairs. Cocktail lounge downstairs. Home to Auckland’s biggest club nights.

1 wellesley st west (09) 377-3144 Entertainment seven nights a week, with three big screens, pool table, competitions & prizes, quiz, karaoke and live music.

the oaKroom
17 drake 300 6313

verona

agents & merchants

6-10 roukai lane (09) 309-5854 Seasonal lunch meals and latenight tapas served in a small cobblestone alleyway.

169 K’rd (09) 307-0508 Celebrating 20 years on K’Rd. Open 10am till late seven days with intimate booths, live music, gourmet food, cocktails & organic tap beer.

VIaduCT ViAdUCT
snapdragon
204 Quay st (09) 357-6147 A blend of 1930s vintage glamour and West Hollywood lounge with a healthy shot of private gentlemen’s club.

whammy Bar

179 Karangahape road

the Britomart country cluB

31 galway st (09) 303-2541 A garden bar in the middle of the city. Comes with a mini golf lawn, cocktail jugs and vinylonly DJs.

wine cellar

183 K’rd 377-8293

GTion ellin MinG W o BarS C on So

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TourS & eVenTS

uPCOMING TOuRS & EVENTS
AlABAmA SHAKeS (US) AleSTorm (UK)
tue 15 Jan The Powerstation, Auckland

grimeS (CA)

thu 13 dec San Fran Bath House, Wellington Fri 14 dec The Powerstation, Auckland

thu 24 Jan The Kings Arms, Auckland

griZZlY BeAr (US)
tue 20 nov The Opera House, Wellington wed 21 nov Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland

BillY BrAgg (UK)

thu 11 oct Real Groovy, Auckland (Instore Q&A) Fri 12 oct Town Hall, Auckland sat 13 oct The Opera House, Wellington sun 14 oct Otago Festival Of The Arts tue 16 oct Aurora Centre, Christchurch

CrYSTAl CASTleS (CA)
tue 15 Jan Studio, Auckland

deATH oF A SAleSmAN
thu 11 oct - sun 27 oct Maidment Theatre, Auckland

AmANdA PAlmer (US)

THe BlACK KeYS (US) BleederS

sun 27 Jan Q Theatre, Auckland wed 30 Jan San Fran Bath House, Wellington

sat 03 nov Vector Arena, Auckland mon 05 nov TSB Bank Arena, Wellington

deVo, SimPle miNdS & THe CHUrCH ed SHeerAN (UK)
Fri 08 mar TSB Arena, Wellington sat 09 mar Vector Arena, Auckland

sat 15 dec Villa Maria Estate, Auckland

THe gUNSliNger’S BAll

ANimAl ColleCTiVe (US)
mon 14 Jan The Powerstation, Auckland

Fri 23 nov Bar Medusa, Wellington Fri 30 nov The Kings Arms, Auckland

ANiKA moA, BoH rUNgA & Hollie SmiTH
wed 10 oct St Andrew’s On Liardet, New Plymouth thu 11 oct Chapel of Christ The King, Hamilton Fri 12 oct Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland sat 13 oct Holy Trinity, Tauranga sun 14 oct Civic Theatre, Rotorua wed 17 oct St Michael & All Angels, Christchurch thu 18 oct St Michael & All Angels, Christchurch Fri 19 oct Knox Church, Dunedin sat 20 oct First Presbyterian Church, Invercargill

BloNdie & THe STrANglerS
thu 29 nov Trusts Stadium, Auckland

ellie goUldiNg (UK)
thu 25 oct Studio, Auckland Fri 26 oct Studio, Auckland

thu 18 oct Cabana, Napier Fri 19 oct Bodega, Wellington sat 20 oct The Mayfair, New Plymouth sun 21 oct Gravity, Hamilton Fri 26 oct The Powerstation, Auckland sat 27 oct Leigh Sawmill, Leigh

BoYZ ii meN (US)

emmYloU HArriS (UK)
sun 18 nov Vector Arena (Theatre Mode), Auckland

HomegroWN

sat 02 mar Waterfront, Wellington

sun 02 dec The Opera House, Wellington mon 03 dec Pettigrew Green Arena, Napier tue 04 dec Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland wed 05 dec Claudelands Arena, Hamilton

HoT CHelle rAe (US) JAY SeAN (UK)

thu 18 oct TSB Bank Arena, Wellington sat 20 oct Vector Arena, Auckland

sun 21 oct Telstra Clear Pacific Events Centre, Auckland

lAgWAgoN (US) eVerCleAr (US) eVermore CAlViN HArriS, mAJor lAZer & BASSNeCTAr
Fri 30 nov ASB Showgrounds, Auckland

wed 12 dec San Fran Bathhouse, Wellington thu 13 dec Kings Arms, Auckland

wed 17 oct Juice Bar, Auckland thu 18 oct Studio, Auckland

lA de dA FeSTiVAl 2012 liNKiN PArK (US)
sat 24 nov Studio

sun 30 dec - mon 31 dec Daisybank Farm, Martinborough

Fri 26 oct Juice Bar, Auckland sat 27 oct Bodega, Wellington

thu 21 Feb Vector Arena, Auckland

eXodUS

miNiSTrY oF SAlSA morriSSeY (UK)
Fri 14 dec Town Hall, Wellington sat 15 dec Vector Arena, Auckland

BANd oF HorSeS (US) BATHS (US) THe BATS

THe CiVil WArS (US)
tue 19 mar St James Theatre, Wellington thu 21 mar Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland

sat 31 dec Te Tumu Kaituna Reserve, Papamoa Beach

tue 15 Jan Town Hall, Wellington wed 16 Jan Town Hall, Auckland

gomeZ (UK)

wed 14 nov Whammy Bar, Auckland thu 15 nov San Fran Bath House, Wellington

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tue 23 oct The Powerstation, Auckland wed 24 oct The Opera House, Wellington

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sat 26 Jan Vector Arena, Auckland mon 28 Jan TSB Bank Arena, Wellington thu 31 Jan CBS Canterbury Arena, Christchurch

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Fri 02 nov Leigh Sawmill Café, Leigh sat 03 nov Bodega, Wellington

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sat 03 nov Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington mon 05 nov ASB Theatre, Auckland

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wed 14 nov Meteor Theatre, Hamilton thu 15 nov Victoria Theatre, Auckland Fri 16 nov Mayfair, New Plymouth sat 17 nov The Paddington, Auckland thu 22 nov San Fran Bath House, Wellington Fri 23 nov Brewers Bar, Mt Maunganui sun 25 nov Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana thu 29 nov The Osti, Waiheke Island Fri 30 nov Sammy’s, Dunedin sat 01 dec Dux Live, Christchurch

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thu 31 Jan San Fran Bath House, Wellington Fri 01 Feb Studio, Auckland City Cinemas, Tauranga thu 15 nov - sun 25 nov The Regal Cinema, Twizel thu 03 nov - sun 13 Jan The Monkey House, Whitianga

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thu 15 nov Hard Luck Cafe, Auckland Fri 16 nov Bodega, Wellington

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WHo SHoT roCK & roll: A PHoTogrAPHiC HiSTorY
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tue 08 Jan Studio, Auckland

NorTHerN BASS FeSTiVAl NZ iNTerNATioNAl Film FeSTiVAl

sun 30 dec - mon 31 dec Mangawhai

red HoT CHili PePPerS (US)
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sat 13 oct The Colombo, Christchurch Fri 05 oct San Fran Bath House, Wellington sat 06 oct Studio, Auckland sat 20 oct Founders Heritage Park, Nelson

THe UKUlele FeSTiVAl

wed 17 oct - wed 31 oct Masterton

regiNA SPeKTor (US) rHYTHm & AlPS
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mon 03 dec Town Hall, Auckland

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thu 01 nov Vector Arena, Auckland

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sat 29 dec - mon 31 dec Waiohika Estate, Gisborne

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sat 16 Feb The Amphitheatre, Taupo sun 17 Feb Matakana Country Park, Matakana, North Auckland sat 23 Feb Gibbston Valley Winery, Queenstown

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rYAN KerSHAW BANd

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tue 18 oct Refuel, Dunedin wed 19 oct The Dark Room, Christchurch thu 20 oct Eve St Studio, Wellington thu 27 oct The Wine Cellar, Auckland

thu 01 nov - sun 11 nov Capitol Cinema, Auckland thu 01 nov - sun 11 nov Pukekohe Cinema, Auckland thu 01 nov - sun 11 nov Matakana Cinema, Auckland thu 01 nov - sun 11 nov Waiheke Island Community Cinema, Auckland thu 08 nov - sun 18 nov Paramount Cinema, Wellington thu 08 nov - sun 18 nov Rialto Cinema, Dunedin thu 15 nov - sun 25 nov Bay

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TAKEN 2 BRInGS LIAM nEESOn’S OLD SET OF SKILLS TO SOME nEW BAD GuYS. In my eyes, Liam neeson was always a gentle man. A soft-spoken Irish man who knew what true love was in Love Actually, who knew the ways of the force in Star Wars and saved thousands of Jews in Schindler’s List. Then Taken (2008) happened, and it was clear this man took no prisoners as he uttered those immortal words in husky tones that would make Christian Bale blush. Gritty, limb-crunching, and downright ugly, Taken was one man’s fight to save his daughter against the seedy underworld of France’s prostitution ring. It was a box-office hit, earning $224 million, and a critical hit for its relentless pace and the way our usually demure leading man transformed into a bad guy killing machine. so where to go from here? Like Transporter, the Bourne films and Die Hard, some things are best left untouched, to bask in its awesome glory for one time only. But with dollar signs in their eyes, Taken 2 seemed the next logical step. Director Olivier megaton (yes, that is his real name) felt the same. After being brought on board for the sequel after working on such projects as Columbiana and Transporter 3, he too thought all was done that could be done in round one of the fight. But he realised therein lies the challenge. “When the story arrived, I realised that it was clever because it wasn’t what everyone might expect,” he explains. “It was a good idea to change things around and make it a kind of tale of revenge. It’s a little more adult today, even if Taken was a really big success all over the world. so first it was Liam [neeson that drew him to the project], and then it was the challenge of taking the franchise into a new direction.” Round two of the epic battle sees neeson return as Bryan mills, the retired CIA agent who stopped at nothing to save his abducted daughter in Taken. But he left a lot of unhappy bad guys in his wake, with a lot of bodies to be accounted for. When he is targeted by a mysterious figure seeking vengeance, Bryan must employ his “particular set of skills” to protect his family against an army out to kill them. neeson admits he was excited to come back for another Taken, having filmed more physically demanding roles in The A-Team and The Grey since the first film. “It’s great to do that stuff and we have a terrific stunt team,” he enthuses. “I have a wonderful stunt double, mark Vanselow, who’s my buddy, and he’s been in my life, professionally, for 12 or 13 years. He does all the hard stuff! Returning to the character of Bryan was a chance to get with mark again and do all the fight training.” Another aspect of difference that appealed to megaton was the role of Bryan’s daughter, Kim (played by actress maggie Grace). In the first film, she is bloodied, beaten and taken hostage. emerging stronger than ever, megaton says she’s “becoming like [Bryan]” “suddenly Kim becomes something different – a real action character. At the end of the first movie she’s trying to rebuild her life, but she has been impacted by what’s happened to her. These dark memories arrive suddenly and it makes her different, allowing her to become an action hero like her father. That was the real trick of Taken 2.” Under the tutelage of her father, Kim has developed some of his instincts and is much better equipped to cope with the crisis that develops during their family reunion in Istanbul. “she’s her father’s daughter, and she’s finding out what she’s capable of,” says Grace. “In the first film, Kim was young and naive and didn’t know much about the real world. But something incredible happened to her, and she reconstructed herself. she doesn’t want to be passive again.” For both the lead actors and the filmmakers, the decision to return for a sequel was not taken lightly. Taken had captured something special, and everyone was determined to find a fresh angle on Bryan tale. “When I read Luc [Besson] script,” megaton explains, “I found the openings to do something new. It’s not just another Bryan mills story; it’s about family and a father determined to save it.” much of the action unfolds in Istanbul, a locale rarely seen on screen. megaton spent much of his prep time scouting locations and walking around the city for hours at a time. When principal photography commenced, he knew Istanbul’s streets and passageways better than some of the local crew. neeson says shooting in Istanbul was like nothing he has experienced. “Istanbul is where east meets west – a beautiful city full of wonderful people,” notes the actor, who has filmed on locations around the globe but remains most impressed with Istanbul’s singular sights and sounds. everywhere the crewmembers turned, they were faced with a landmark. Key locales included the front of the süleymaniye mosque, one of the city’s grandest buildings; the Grand Bazaar, a 15th Century Istanbul landmark that takes up an entire city block and welcomes more than a quarter of a million visitors every day; and a traditional hamam, or Turkish bath, home to the film’s explosive finale. With an old set of skills but a new set of bad guys, Taken 2 sets out to be more than just a number at the end of a successful first film. While initially skeptical, I recommend you go just to see neeson arse-kick his way through a city, leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. WRITTEn BY LAuRA WEASER
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SO MuCH FOR THE SPARKLE, FADE AnD InVISIBLE STARS. “I’Ve Been CLeAn for 23 years, but you know if Joe Biden was to call up and suggest we go on a bender to Las Vegas I’d do it, man. We’d do like the The Hangover, drink like fish and take in a couple of ‘shows’ (and I don’t mean Cirque de Soleil). It would be worth it. It would cause a few divorces, but you know…” Talking to front man Art Alexakis about “his band, everclear” two things became pretty obvious: he’s a responsible adult, with two lovely daughters and a beautiful wife; and he’s in a rock band and he likes to party like he’s nigh-nini-nineteen! It was the responsible adult that picked up the phone in his Pasadenca, CA, home to talk to me. “I’m glad you called now, cos I’m gonna head out soon, pick up my wife and daughter and head over to a friends to watch the electoral debate between Romney and Obama’. so who are you rooting for? “Well, I’ve always been a Democrat. And Romney is just stupid. I think he’s actually more stupid that (his predecessor) George Bush. Those comments about the 40% (of Americans who are freeloaders) are just stupid, crazy and dumb! everyone in my part of the world likes Obama. But you know I wouldn’t party with him. (Vice President) Joe Biden, on the other hand…” And that led to the story about partying in Vegas. He also reminded me “Hey, I’m fifty and I’m in a rock band still – what’s cooler than travelling the world, playing and partying!” Indeed the band, so named for a particularly potent brand of grain liquor and originally formed in Portland, Oregon, has been ‘partying’ pretty much since its inception in 1992. Alexakis (guitars, vocals) originally formed the band with bassist Craig montoya and Drummer Greg eklund. Through various ‘incarnations’ (he hates the word but concedes it the best description) the band made a number of late grunge masterpieces including their classic debut on Capitol records sparkle and Fade. That album dropped everyone’s mix tape favourite ‘Heroin Girl’ and Alt radio choice cut ‘santa monica’. subsequent albums failed to maintain the pole position of their debut, which was racing, at the time, in the company of nirvana’s Nevermind and various hits from sonic youth, Bush and Counting Crows. However, with a steady fan base Alexakis’ rocky grunge pop has built up a big following over the years. With constant touring and seven albums in the can and a new one Invisible Stars freshly minted. There’s a sense of déjà vu as the band has re-recruited lead guitarist Dave French and keys man Josh Crawley. The new album has the same bump and grind of the earlier works, but with a bit of a conscience, says Alexakis. ‘Jackie Robinson’ is about America’s first Black sports icon – “a post WWII baseball player who played them (white bigots) at their own game and won them over. Just like Obama. I’m a big baseball fan, and I can see the comparisons, too.” He also reveals that he’s a big fan of the American dream and way of life – when everything is in balance. Which might be the moral behind the single: ‘Be careful what you wish for.’ There’s also a sense of déjà vu here, too. The video for ‘Heroin Girl’ was recorded with an overbearing crowd of kids in a Portland skate park. ‘Be Careful…’ is recorded in a lavish car park style studio in LA with a similar crowd, only at the end of a song, they all blow up! “That was the director’s idea – he wanted the crowd to be like an explosive dream, a fantasy with a violent end”. Like disloyal fans, fickle consumers maybe? “maybe. Being big shoppers. He blew my wife up twice and my oldest daughter, too.” you can’t always choose your family but if you’re a rock star you can explode them occasionally, I guess.

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“WeLL, I’Ve GIVen up on politics now that the British nationalist Party has been defeated,” claims UK’s greatest socialist national treasure Billy Bragg, referring to the demise of his local BnP candidate in his home town of Barking. “I think I’ll concentrate on writing love songs and songs with a message about connecting people.” And connecting is what Bragg is good at. For instance, his guitars in prisons (Jail Guitar Doors ) charitable trust has helped thousands of inmates, and his involvement with electoral reform is also working to bring the message of self-empowerment back to the people. Of course, no conversation with Bragg would go far without talking politics. Tonight over the phone, he tells me he’s packing for a “Woody 100” concert in new york. These are a series of concerts and events organized by Woody Guthrie’s daughter nora, which are occurring all over the world for the centennial anniversary of his birthday. “I said I’d do it – steve earle, Andy Irvine and Arlo Guthrie are also playing.” The Big Apple is light years from where the Bard of Barking first fronted up with just a guitar and a “loud as f***K” amp and a whole lot of attitude – delivering songs such as ‘Between the Wars’, inspired by the 1984-85 miner’s strike. At that time Britain was buried deep in the proverbial excrement of Thatcherism. This was the backdrop to Bragg’s one man crusade to save england from itself. material such as ‘A new england’ was a search some kind of positive identity and became the template for a career in defence of the underdog. “Britain was a dismal self-parody of hate, destruction,” Bragg says. “It was all about the war, the empire, the royals, the Union Jack, but no-one was looking to the future. We were dwelling in the past [almost as if] we were afraid to let go.” And that included those involved in the feud between the left and the Tories. Bragg recently wrote that, “The long tradition of internationalism has resulted in the left having a blind spot when confronted with expressions of national identity.” “It was sad you know, we were beating ourselves up about being ourselves,” he says. “you know, Tim, socialism, and I know you think I’m one, I am, comes in many varieties, close up individual identity is a manylayered thing. We define ourselves by those things that make us proud to be part of in an imagined community. “so many kids are looking at reality TV and saying ‘I want to be famous for being famous’, like the Kardashians, not for some long invested talent.

[At the Olympic Games] in London we saw real British heroes on the running track, three examples of how the UK has benefited from multiculturalism, free education, health care. Jessica ennis, Greg Rutherford and mo Farah became the embodiment of a new diverse Britain of the 21st century. One we can feel we should be proud of again.” Recently Bragg’s been exploring other cultures too, including the Dust Bowl politics of one of the Us’s greatest sons – Woody Guthrie, who passed away in 1967. In the mid 1990’s, his daughter nora found a large box of unpublished lyrics. she decided to call up Bragg to write the music for these disembodied words. “I guess she contacted me because I didn’t have much idea of him. I’d never sung ‘This land is your land’. she wanted someone who could look at the music with a fresh head.” The huge collection was written between about 1939 and 1955. Guthrie had once offered Bob Dylan the songs from his hospital bed, during the mid1960s, but he was turned down. The first challenge was understanding the rhyme and metre of each piece. Guthrie kept the tunes in his head, never writing music. starting in 1996, 29 years after Guthrie’s death, Bragg, fairly early into composing new material, realised he needed help. “I did a few secret shows – web invites – and it became clear that the new Guthrie songs all sounded like they were Billy Bragg songs. I knew Jeff Tweedy from his days with uncle Tupelo and I showed him the stuff and the band was really enthusiastic. Working with them was an eye opener. I’m used to working (composing) with such an efficient band.” The resulting Mermaid Avenue, named after Guthrie’s Coney Island home, first appeared in 1997. Tweedy and Jay Bennett (also from Wilco) began looking through the songs searching for those that spoke to them, needed to be heard. success with the first album opened up the world to Guthrie’s music again. Mermaid Avenue Vol. II, released in 2000, followed and then and a Vol. III, collecting 18 tracks not heard before. And finally the whole collection has been released as a three CD box set with accompanying DVD and Bragg tells me he’s out on the road to promote it. suddenly Bragg hesitates to check the time. “sorry, mate,” he tells me, “I’m off to the bank. The plane to new york’s in a couple of hours. Anyway we’ll see you soon down under!” WRITTEn BY TIM GRuAR

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