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Newsletter Issue #408: 18 Nov 2012

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Devils Elbow

Alt. country punk rock band Devils Elbow return with their first new recorded material since their acclaimed 2010 debut album Sand On Chrome. To celebrate the band is playing a handful of release shows before the year is out.

Broken Record Syndrome is an 8-track EP (or a single with 7 ‘B-sides’), it contains a mix of new and not so new material recorded at various times through 2011-2012 and features the first recorded appearances from new band members (Ben Lee, bass/vocals and Adam Lamberg, Drums) as well a number of guest musicians.

The title track itself was mixed by Nick Poortman (Sade, Pluto, Napalm Death) and serves as the first single release from the bands forthcoming second album ‘Absolute Domain’ which is currently being completed and is to be released in 2013.

The EP is out now on iTunes & Amplifier. CD copies (including download) available at shows and the bands official store: www.devilselbowofficial.bandcamp.com here the EP will be available as a FREE download for a limited time.

‘A new and smokin' hot take on country’ – Scott Kara, NZ Herald
'Hook-filled alt.country rock which owes a nod to Joe Strummer as much as Steve Earle' - Graham Reid, www.Elsewhere.co.nz
'Running a unique line that crosses through country, punk and alternative rock influences' - Steven Shaw, www.Spareroom.co.nz
‘Dusty outlaw country collides head-on with greasy Replacements-style roots rock’ – Grant Smithies, Sunday Star Times
‘A kickass country meets punk album. Really impressive style and cool songs.’ – Rip It Up
'Presenting solid rock ‘n’ roll with a hearty dose of hard-edged country rock' - Kia Ora (Air NZ Inflight Magazine)
'Filthy garage rock never dies; it just crawls back to the bar and orders another bourbon' - Tom Museth, Groove Guide

Devils Elbow is Alec Withers (vocals, guitar), Ben Lee (bass, vocals) and Adam Lamberg (drums).

Website Links

Official Website
Muzic.net.nz Page
Amplifier Page
MySpace Page
Facebook Page
Youtube Page

EP Release Tour Details
Also appearing: December 1 @ Sanctuary Sounds Festival 2012, Pukehou, CHB




Originally hailing from Whakatane, Kora perform with an infectitious, up-beat, reggae cut.

Thanks Laughton for answering these questions:

What can we expect to see from Kora over the next year?

Finally the new album is out and there has been alot more focus on travelling overseas, eg Europe, USA, Japan and Australia. Looking forward to that.

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?

Stick to what you know, Being honest about your music seems to resonate with others better as well. people can tell whether it's real or not. Especially yourself!

Who are your favourite NZ musicians/bands, and why?

Jon Toogood (Shihad). 25 years on and he still knows how to put on an amazing show. Always consistent, real rock'n'roll man!!

What will Kora’s next release be?

Hopefully something different from the last 2 albums. Cool thing about Kora is that we're willing and have given ourselves the option to explore any direction and feel.

How do you come up with your lyrics?

Pen to paper. Quite often the beat is first and then I listen to the feel and go from there. Always thinking of the feel of the song as a whole. Does what I say suit what the music is trying to portray as well.

Who would you most like to support live?

(This is just me) AC/DC, NZSO, Prince, Steve Vai.

How do you believe Kora fits into the NZ music industry?

Sales really...No sales, then, no mention! I'd like to think we swim in the deeper end of the pool though.

What can you never leave home without?

....my instruments...?

How would you describe Kora’s music?

Simplistic heavy grooves with tasty melodies.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

The Powerstation, Auckland.

What is the best part of being a musician?

Finding out what you're really made off. This life style is for the chosen few.

What NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?

Heavy Metal Ninjas!!! Intellectual feel with outstanding technique and composition. Everyone else should stay at home and give up.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

Saying hello to the wrong city...I still feel bad about it actually.

What are your favourite places in NZ to be?

Queenstown and Orewa.

What is the best gig you have ever performed at, and why?

BDO 2010, Why? 35,000 people and Wellington town hall with Strike, Why? Percussive geeks. Geeks rule!!! 

What rumour would you like to start about Kora?

Kora!! The first band to perform on the moon. 
Venue: Sea of Tranquility
Dress Code: No Males

Kora is Dan McGruer (keyboards, bass), Laughton Kora (guitar, keyboards), Francis Kora (bass, vocals), Stuart Kora (guitar, vocals) and Bradley Kora (drums, vocals).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Official Website
Amplifier Page
MySpace Page
Facebook Page

Light Years Album Review


The Blue Grizzly Band

Some of the grungiest blues you'll ever hear; The Blue Grizzly Band goes from stage to stage blowing ear drums with a whirlwind of heavy blues rock, sexy slow-jams and modern blues funk.

Thanks Aaron for answering these questions:

What can we expect to see from The Blue Grizzly Band over the next year?

We have begun talks with a producer in the US so hopefully if all goes to plan by early next year we will begin taking over the world, one beard at a time!

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?

Get off your ass and do it, don't sit their waiting for opportunities to come along get out there and make yourself heard! (also don't be a dick, the NZ music industry is a small place so if your a GC word spreads and your life will be a lot easier).

Who are your favourite NZ musicians/bands, and why?

So many to choose from! Anybody who gets out there, learns actual instruments, works hard and does what they love gets my respect.

How do you come up with your lyrics?

Music is an extension of self, exploration, and experience. Anything that moves you or has meaning for you can be turned into great lyrics/song, and I feel that is the soul that is missing from most of today's music.

How do you believe The Blue Grizzly Band fits into the NZ music industry?

Hey, if it don't fit force it haha.

What is the best part of being a musician?

It's the coolest job in the world! We're doing what we love and enjoy, and we get to meet and play with awesome people all the time!

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

We did a private birthday party once and there was an older lady there who got quite tragically drunk (open bar) and started trying to grind on us while we were playing and trying to "sing" into the mic's, it was kinda traumatic until we came up with a brilliant idea and told her to go and use our bassists mic (which we turned off), but watching him get grinded on for the rest of the night made it all kinda worthwhile haha

What inspired you to start The Blue Grizzly Band?

We were all studying together on UCOL's Contemporary Music Performance course and one of the genres we had to complete was blues, and having always had a lot of love for blues yet never actually playing in a blues band before it kinda sparked the creation of the band, and with every new member we collected the band just got better and better by throwing little bits of our own musical influences into the pot.

How do you keep in contact with your fans?

Social media like facebook plays a big part, but nothing beats getting on the piss with them at gigs.

What rumour would you like to start about The Blue Grizzly Band?

We are actually a collective of Viking gods who have been living amongst you mortals in secret for centuries but all our power resides in our beards, without which we would be powerless to stop the giants from destroying the world with dubstep. Oh and Thor didn't really have a hammer.. he shreds an axe!

The Blue Grizzly Band is Aaron Smith (vocals, guitar), J McMurray (lead guitar, backing vocals), Big Poppa Hoyle (bass, backing vocals) and O.T. (drums).

Website Links

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MySpace Page
Facebook Page
Youtube Page
Reverbnation Page
Amazon Page



Thanks Stuart for answering these questions:

What is the best gig you have ever performed at, and why?

FEST 10 in Gainesville, Florida, USA last year. We're the only New Zealand band to ever play the annual punk rock festival (twice, 2010 & 2011), which is attended by about 10,000 people. Our show reached capacity and we had people out on the street trying to get in. We played really well, got a great response, and all the while my pants were held up by a belt made out of flax fashioned only moments earlier. It was part of a 45 date U.S tour we did and I was really proud of us that day.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

I have a lot of favourites but The Crown Hotel in Dunedin will always have a special place in my boozy heart. It was the first pub I snuck into to see bands play when I was underage, its been around for generations and so many awesome shows have gone down there. I think its probably a rite of passage for New Zealand rock and roll bands to play at the Crown Hotel at least once.

How did you come up with the name Outsiders?

I can't remember exactly but it relates for a couple of different reasons. In my eyes when we formed the band, and still to this day, we felt like we weren't accepted into certain scenes in New Zealand and our home base in Wellington. We were and still are outsiders to what is considered cool or popular. We didn't name the band after S.E Hinton's novel, but we're definitely bad arse street brawlers who live by our own rules and run away to lonely places together. We don't eat balgoney sandwiches though, we leave them for other bands..

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

Being on tour for 8 weeks and realising that a cute girl who I was talking to from a band I had toured with the year before couldn't stop looking at how grubby and tattered your clothes were. Maybe more depressing than embarrassing. My shirt was filthy, I had booze stains from my neck to stomach, a tattered 'my name is: rufio' sticker half torn off, my shredded pants were held up by a piece of flax and I think I was wearing one shoe and holding the remains of the other in my hand.

What can we expect to see from Outsiders over the next year?

More of what we've been doing this year, touring New Zealand and Australia, hopefully we'll make it down to the South Island of New Zealand and we'd love to go play in Tasmania. We have an NZ on Air funded single/video coming out over summer which is a first for us.

We're also looking into touring Europe again. We were over there in 2009 and we've had a few show offers from over that way recently so we're eyeing that up.

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?

Do what you want, practice a lot and have fun. Remember that popular trends change quickly, if you follow whats popular you'll be out of date quicker than if you play whatever you wanted to in the first place.

Who would you most like to support live?

Ramones & Roy Orbison.

How do you keep in contact with your fans?


theoutsiders.bandcamp.com – you can download most of our tunes for free here!

Outsiders are Dan Burmester (guitar, vocals), Niam Hegarty (guitar, vocals), Stuart Young (bass, vocals), Dave McDonald (drums) and Thomas Young (guitar, vocals).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Bandcamp Page
Amplifier Page
MySpace Page
Facebook Page
Youtube Page

Full Gig Details

Shallow Graves EP Review

NZ Music News

Entries now open for the Battle of the Bands 2013 National Championship

Entries are NOW OPEN for the Battle of the Bands 2013 National Championship.

The 2013 event will run earlier in the year than usual, with heats starting the first week of April.

Battle of the Bands National Championship is New Zealand's largest and longest running R18 Band competition; events take place nationwide, allowing bands throughout the country to take part.

The 2013 event will be the 19th year of the NZ Battle of the Bands.

3 months of eliminations will be held at multiple live music venues throughout New Zealand. Each venue hosts a series of heats, semi-finals and regional finals. Throughout the event, judging and voting determines each region's champion; who then represent their region at the National Final in Auckland.

We recommend bands enter now to ensure a placement at their nearest venue.

Full Details

Top NZ Acts Announced For Gisborne Music Festival

Gisborne roots music festival East Coast Vibes have announced that iconic poly-funk band Ardijah; #1 selling reggae band Tomorrow People; and NZ chart topper Maisey Rika will take the stage at the festival in February.

"I’m excited that we’ve secured Ardijah, Tomorrow People and Maisey Rika at this busy time in the year,” says Festival Director Rob Coe-Tipene of Tolaga Bay.

The full lineup includes reggae heavyweights Katchafire; roots band of Cornerstone Roots; the rich and soulful tones of Ria Hall; R&B sensation Pieter T; talented roots / rock / reggae fusion band Sons of Zion; Ex- pat kiwi roots band now based in Australia, Darky Roots; one of the country’s powerhouse funk voices Bella Kalolo; the smooth vocals of Chad Chambers; and the rock reggae fusion sound of Wellington band Vintage.

Full Article

Jim Beam Homegrown 2013 -­ 2nd Announcement

Each stage has its own flavour. The largest of them, the Vodafone Dub and Roots stage boasts a truly epic line-up with Kora, Ladi6 and DJ Sir-Vere joining Shapeshifter, The Black Seeds, Katchafire, AHoriBuzz and Sunshine Soundsystem for a who’s who of local dub & roots royalty.

The Rock stage list see’s Kiwi music legends Shihad alongside a mean line-up including; I Am Giant, Elemeno P, Midnight Youth, King Cannons, Luger Boa, Villainy and Clap Clap Riot.

The Red Bull Sound Lab presents a raw, jam and collaboration format unseen anywhere else in the country. P Digsss and Sambora from Shapeshifter lead out The Peacekeepers and the Trained Assassins, super-band All My Brothers are also added to the bill to top-off an already epic list featuring Cairo Knife Fight, Weird Together, DJ Sir-Vere’s karaoke Machine ft. Che Fu, PNC & K.One, The Babysitters Circus, Illegal Sound Clash, and DJ Redbird Jnr.

The Vodafone Pop and RnB stage is back and armed with the heavy weights of Aotearoa hip hop; Home Brew, David Dallas, Savage, PNC, Pieter T, P Money and Friends. Also pop sensations, Zowie, Ruby Frost and crowd favourites Kids of 88 are coming to the party.

The Lipton Ice Tea Electronic stage offers a hedonistic super-clubenvironment with drum & bass icon Concord Dawn, The Upbeats ft. MC Tali alongside a myriad of breaks, glitch, house and dance culture thanks to Minuit, Opiuo, Dick Johnson, North Shore Pony Club and Thane Kirby vs. Felix5.

Full Details

Local Musicians Team Up For Summer Party Bus Tour

Kick off summer in style with the Summer Party Bus DJ Tour of Auckland and Wellington.

30 lucky fans get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to travel around the North Island on the Summer Party Bus DJ Tour with Dane Rumble, Late Nyte Hype and Jupiter Project feat. Jessie G.

The Summer Party Bus DJ Tour commences on December 1st in Auckland then moves to Wellington on December 8th, offering an amazing fan experience, which features a VIP party bus that will take the band, media and winners to each venue during the night along with awesome prizes.

Full Article

Competition Flies Friend to Womad NZ From Anywhere On The Planet

WOMAD 2013 brings the world to Taranaki in more ways than one next year by offering punters the chance to fly in a friend for the WOMAD experience – from anywhere on the planet.

To win a return trip for their lucky friend, entrants are invited to nominate who they want to bring, and creatively communicate what their friend will love about the festival.

And with over 200 performers from 21 countries creating magic alongside the NOVA ENERGY Taste the World Stage, Sustainable Village, Artist Workshops, the Human Library and KidZone - there’s plenty to choose from.

Nominations are to be submitted via the WOMAD 2013 website and will be uploaded onto the site for voting by the general public; however the final decision will rest with a panel of judges.

Marketing and communications manager, Lisa McMullan, says the judges will be heavily swayed by outstanding creative expressions of what the nominated person will love about WOMAD.

Full Details

The latest NZ music news can be read here


New Release, Tour and Gig Announcements

Ariana Tikao's Album Sees The Light

The Black Seeds Release New Single & Video

Devils Elbow New Single/EP & Release Shows 2012

Five Mile Town announce new single, music video and tour

Aaradhna Brings Soul Back to the Charts

The Thomas Oliver Band release acoustic studio video

Lorenz Rhode & Coco Solid releases 'Superficial Robots'

Outsiders New Zealand Tour November 2012

RDUnited Alive & Kicking!

Cat Power brings her Sun to New Zealand this summer

Neil Young returning to NZ with Crazy Horse!

Rising star Jamie McDell to headline NZ PGA Championship concert in Queenstown

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Live In February

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Elephant Of The Ocean - Torso Looking For Legs Single Review

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You can read every single interview and review in our Articles Page.

NZ Music Awards Photos

Thanks to Emma, we have some photos from the red carpet and backstage at the NZ Music Awards. Check them out here.

Beyond The Black Competition - Ticket Giveaway

Beyond The Black is the number one place for Metal fans to be on New Year's Eve! Featuring a huge lineup including El Schlong, DIC, Vixen Execution, Amachine, Horrendous Disfigurement and much more! Enter now for a chance to win a double pass.

Tour Features

Every feature we have ever had on the site can be viewed here


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and will include features on Minuit, El Schlong and The New Brides

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The next muzic.net.nz gig mail out is going out on Sunday 25 November.

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