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Newsletter Issue #488: 02 Oct 2016

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Welcome to October!

This month brings Rocktober and Halloween! Two of my favourite things, not to mention another cracking newsletter for you all to sink you teeth into.

This month, we feature the sublime Armed In Advance, in anticipation of their long awaited debut album Change/Evolve which is due out on October 7th. We also catch up with Kiwi legends, the Bleeders, and find out the scoop on Auckland Rock band, The Zoup as well as Wellington Rock duo, GT42. We finish up our band features with a look at another Wellington band, Churlington.

After a massive 12 months from both Australian bands The Weight of Silence and Lycanthrope they have decided to team up and do a co-tour of New Zealand, and we have all the details right here, right now.

Paul Harvey has also written us another compelling article, this time on Stage Setups, and we finish up with all the latest NZ music news.

On top of all this, muzic.net.nz is launching a new initiative tomorrow (Monday 3 October) - make you sure you check out the website and our Facebook page for all the details.

- Kerry & The Muzic.net.nz team.


Armed in Advance have been making waves in NZ music for a few years now, having performed with These Four Walls, Ekko Park, Black River Drive, I Am Giant and more recently Setting Fire To Stacey and Baker's Eddy, but in October those waves are set to become tidal with the release of their highly-anticipated debut album Change/Evolve on 7 October. With music that is a total assault on your senses, this is one of 2016's must buy albums.

AIA released their latest single Running You Down on 4 August, which is an excellent taster for what the album holds. JP answered the following questions for muzic.net.nz:

How did you become involved in music?

I've been obsessed with Rock and Metal since I was a kid, and by the time I got to my last year in High School I couldn't handle the thought of working a 'real job' - music was the only thing I cared about. So I picked up a guitar and started learning, even though I'd tried and failed a couple times before. The next year I was enrolled in a course at MAINZ, and the rest is history... With an unfortunate caveat, which is that countless 'real jobs' followed once I realised just how difficult it was making actual money in the music industry, haha.

If you could perform with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

I'm a huge Chevelle fan, so if we ever had an opportunity to open a show for them, I would cry tears of joy. 

Which one of your songs are you most proud of, and why?

Our latest single Running You Down, because it's got a filthy riff and gets the job done with out any mucking around. No frills, all thrills. Make sure you check it out!

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn't heard it before?

An impromptu meeting with a cast iron frying pan to your FACE. But in a good way.

What can we expect to see from you in the next year?

Touring, probably a few new singles off of our upcoming debut album Change/Evolve, promoting the album, and getting right back into writing.

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

New Zealand has a disproportionate amount of high quality Rock and Metal bands at the moment, considering our humble size and how far removed we are from the rest of the planet; and because there's so many great artists doing great things, I hope everyone who is working their arses off right now gets themselves heard.

What local albums have you been enjoying recently?

Auckland bands Ekko Park, Coridian and Anemoia have all released some quality jams in the last year or so, definitely worth checking out. 

What is your favourite NZ venue, and why?

The Powerstation, seen more than a few great shows from local and international acts, and of course hope to play on that stage myself one day!

Have you got any tips for dealing with nerves before a gig?

Practice so much that you're sick of the material, then get up there and have some fun; A few nervous butterflies before a set are useful, but as long as you're on top of the tunes you don't really have anything to worry about! 

How do you balance your music with other obligations; family, job etc.?

Poorly! ...but I'm getting better at it. I think. 

Where do you get your inspiration to create music from?

Literally everywhere. Here's a couple of quotes that best sum it up; "Taking time to live will only inspire your work", and "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working".

Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?

Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can, and above all, KEEP GOING.

Armed in Advance are Hugh Hokopaura (bass), Daniel Purchase (drums) and JP Carroll (guitar, vocals).

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Armed in Advance announce debut full length album (press release)

Armed In Advance - Wellington 16/4/16 (photo gallery)
Armed in Advance @ Backbeat, Auckland - 27/06/15 (photo gallery)

INTERVIEW: Stories In Sound: Armed in Advance

REVIEW: Gig Review: Armed In Advance & Bakers Eddy @ Whammy Bar, Auckland - 8/4/2016
REVIEW: Armed In Advance, Quinn The Human, Coridian & Poison Skies @ Kings Arms, Auckland - 22/01/2016

REVIEW: Single Review: Stay
REVIEW: Single Review: Shallow


NZ music legends in their own right, the Bleeders are known for their hard-hitting and ear-splitting performances that leave you begging for more. November this year brings us more such brutal performances from this incredible act, at the Kings Arms in Auckland with Fireshark and Blue Ruin on the 25th, and at the NZ Tattoo and Art Festival in New Plymouth on the 26th - definitely shows that shouldn't be missed out on.

Angelo answered the following questions for muzic.net.nz:

How did you become involved in music?

I've loved music since I was very young, I would draw pictures of myself as a "rockstar". My sister introduced me to the Sex Pistols and the Clash, and that's where my love of music really took off, as soon as I was old enough to join bands I did.. from my teenage years onwards..

If you could perform with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

There's so many. My favourite band is always rotating between 4/5 different acts, but today let's just say The Cure. I saw them recently at Vector Arena and yet again they blew my mind. Such a magical experience.

Which one of your songs are you most proud of, and why?

It would have to be Out Of Time. It's probably not my favourite song, but the message behind it nearly chokes me up every time. Also the response we get when we play it and, in particular our friends response, is very special.

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn't heard it before?

Look it's probably a dirty word but I'd say it's crossover Punk, influences in Punk/Hardcore but a lot more melodic and rocky.

What can we expect to see from you in the next year?

We are playing 2 shows in November; our own headliner at the Kings Arms on the 25th and at the NZ Tattoo and Art Festival in New Plymouth on the 26th.. it's gonna be a blast! 

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

I'd like to see some of those 90's Rock bands come out of the woodworks, Loves Ugly Children, Future Stupid, Semi Lemon Kola etc.. I just felt we had a really strong alternative scene in the 90's and those bands would get a great response if they played again!

What local albums have you been enjoying recently?

The new Saving Grace is sick! Also the debut full length from Too Late, another banger.. and I have to say I'm feeling the catchy single from that band Broods!

What is your favourite NZ venue, and why?

The Kings Arms for me for sure. We played our very first gig there, we came up from opening gigs there to selling it out, and our show on the 25th will be at our old stomping ground again!

Have you got any tips for dealing with nerves before a gig?

Nah not at all.. I guess growing up in the Hardcore scene, the crowd were always my friends so nothing to be really nervous about, to be honest the Hardcore/Punk scene is to thanks for all my confidence in every facet of the music game.

How do you balance your music with other obligations; family, job etc.?

Well music is extremely part time for me these days.. I had a good run with the band and some great memories travelling around, but these days I'm very passionate about my career and family/home life.

Where do you get your inspiration to create music from?

Everything around me. Politically what's happening in the world, environmentally, socially, you just need to take a look around really.

Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?

Just get out there and do it! The internet has really opened up the door and levelled the playing field for the whole world to hear our music here in NZ. Practise hard and DIY-do it yourself, we got noticed as we were wiling to go the extra mile, flyer runs, pasting up posters around town, sticker runs you name it.

If you are willing to work hard things will happen for you!

Bleeders are Angelo Munro (vocals), Ian King (guitar), Hadleigh Donald (guitar), Gareth Stake (bass) and George (drums).

Website Links

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Record Company Website

Bleeders Annouce Auckland Show (press release)


Creatively adventurous Auckland rock band The Zoup have just released their highly anticipated debut album Symbiotic, a sonic journey representing five years of musical exploration and experimentation which truly represents the collective essence of the band. Alternative rock fans can get the album on CD from Bandcamp, or download the record via iTunes or any other popular online music store.

Symbiotic is characterised by tight, off kilter rhythms (which aren’t so familiar to such an accessible sound) and intricate, playful lead lines that dance around the powerful yet honest vocal delivery of lead singer Jaydn de Graaf.

With the frantic, weaving energy of Symbiotic, The Zoup display a convincing evolution in their sound, improving and building upon their previous releases in spades. Utilising the skill set of producer/engineer Dave Johnston (Villainy, Armed In Advance) to craft the project, The Zoup have emerged from their studio journey with a powerful work of art that has vibe and energy bursting from the seams.

- Purchase Symbiotic on CD -

- or through iTunes -

Symbiotic is also available for download and streaming on all major online music services. 

Dave answered the following questions for muzic.net.nz:

How did you become involved in music? 

We all grew up as music lovers, having been raised in extended families full of musicians, music enthusiasts and other creatives. Jamming with friends from a young age was a favourite hobby, and when The Zoup began playing together, there was a clear connection from the start. What we came up with together was something special that none of us could do on our own, so we kept at it!

If you could perform with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

One Direction, because it would be really strange and we might get in a fight on stage, creating headlines around the world and rocketing our band to instant success.

Which one of your songs are you most proud of, and why?

The Cuts and the Crime, a track from the new record which had some radio play on Hauraki recently, is definitely up there. It's cohesive with some great lyrics and interesting rhythms and instrumental movements, has a lot of its own character, and somehow still manages to feel familiar and catchy.

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn't heard it before?

Alternative rock which is a bit off kilter and adventurous, with a goal to always keep good songwriting at heart, avoiding too much self indulgence! 

What can we expect to see from you in the next year?

We've been planning the release of the record for a long time now so having that out is a big buzz. We'll be looking towards some smaller concept projects in the next few years to try something new. 

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

Rival State have a new record coming out and the first single Impulses is an absolute banger. If that's anything to go off, the record is going to be massive.

What is your favourite NZ venue, and why?

Western Springs has so much history and we've all seen some legendary gigs there. The last Big Day Out in 2013 which was held there was a pearler of a day.

Have you got any tips for dealing with nerves before a gig?

For the big gigs, make sure you're close to a toilet for the five trips you'll have in the hour before going on stage.

How do you balance your music with other obligations; family, job etc.?

Very badly. Asking creatives for advice about life balance is a bad decision.

Where do you get your inspiration to create music from?

Music is one of the truest forms of self expression. The fear of becoming boring people continues to drive our desire to create.

Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?

Keep going. Most of your early stuff will likely be crap and it can take a while to figure out how to write decent lyrics and compositions. Keep learning, keep listening to different genres of music and you'll eventually start making music that more people than just you and your mum enjoy.

The Zoup are Jaydn de Graaf (vocals, guitar), Dominic Mauger (guitar), Dave Johnston (drums, backing vocals) and Tom Chou (bass).

Website Links

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Bandcamp Page 
iTunes Page

Purchase Symbiotic on CD
or through iTunes

REVIEW: Album Review: Symbiotic


GT42 takes you straight back to the emotion and nostalgia of the good old days. Uplifting and guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Steve & Vinnie grew up listening to bands like Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne and Iron Maiden which has had a big influence on their style. No Regrets is a favourite track, it was included on the first episode of 'Filthy Rich' (along with Swamp Thing and various other Kiwi bands) when it went to air earlier this year. Great to see Muzic.net.nz and Songbroker getting more and more NZ music out there and heard.

Life has been pretty hectic over the last 6 months, Steve has been overseas in the UK and USA for two months and Vinnie is currently in Ireland. Fitting various projects in alongside GT42 has been a challenge at times. The plan for the year ahead is to keep promoting the music, get out and play live as much as time permits and more writing will certainly be in the mix too.

GT42’s music is on their Facebook page + it’s also available for download on iTunes and various other digital download sites.

GT42 is Vinnie McParland and Steve Haughey.

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Facebook Page 
Bandcamp Page 
ReverbNation Page 
SoundCloud Page 
iTunes Page

REVIEW: Album Review: GT42


Band name: Churlington … a crap name, but none of us actually thought we would ever have to use it in the sense of saying “hey, we are called Churlington”.

Band home: Churlington are from Feilding… however the various members of Churlington have relocated to other parts of the country, namely Lower Hutt, Wellington, Brooklyn, Porirua… so in saying that the other members have gone to Wellington with Daniel the only member actually living in Feilding. He’s occasionally allowed out to gig.

Band history (short version): Churlington started as a two piece project with Daniel and James sharing shitty 1 minute punk songs via the email relating to their shared love of Tim Dog. Daniel would record the guitars in Feilding with James adding the drums in Wellington. The two would then meet up in Bunnythorpe to record the vocals. Releasing these recordings as EPs for free download on Bandcamp the idea came to actually try for a gig. The two enlisted JT to play bass and Phil to “fill” out the sound on second guitar.

Short, fast, DIY, and no nonsense songs is what you get with Churlington… DIY or DIE. Churlington have released 5 EPs in the last year with another on the way in addition to the split EP currently being recorded with Starving Millions and are lining up a summer tour in December this year

Churlington are JT 'The Goat' (bass), Phil 'The Fuck' (guitar, vocals), Daniel 'The Browno' (vocals, guitar) and James 'The Quim' (drums, vocals).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Facebook Page 
Bandcamp Page

REVIEW: EP Review: Act Scared, Get Behind Him, Keep Him Busy, Screw You Bozo
REVIEW: EP Review: Now I Have A Machine Gun....Ho Ho Ho 
REVIEW: Album Review: Wally Wick... Some Kind Of Rodent

TOUR: Silence of the Wolves

Black Frog Management & Loaded Entertainment present:
The Weight of Silence & Lycanthrope
'Silence Of The Wolves' 2016 New Zealand Tour.

After a massive 12 months from both The Weight of Silence and Lycanthrope they have decided to team up and do a co-tour of New Zealand.

The Weight of Silence have recently had a new vocalist join the fold and are currently touring Australia for the third time this year, as they celebrate the release of their first single with their new front man at the helm.

Lycanthrope by coincidence are also currently on their third Australian tour for 2016. The band recently released their own standalone single Bitter Resistanceafter doing 2 tours earlier in the year for their EP Revival.

Both bands have been working hard and touring even harder over the last 12 months to try and cement their name in the Australian heavy music scene. It is now time for each band to take that next step and head overseas and what better place to start than with New Zealand. Loaded Entertainment & Black Frog Management have teamed up to bring both bands across the water and be a part of 3 great shows. 

Thursday 17th Nov // Auckland // The Kings Arms Tavern (R18)
Friday 18th Nov // Hamilton // 
Zeal Hamilton (AA)
Saturday 19th Nov // Wellington // 
Valhalla (R18)

With support from 8 BRUTAL New Zealand Heavy Metal Acts.

All shows are $10 cash on the door.

Support Acts:

AUCKLAND 17th November at Kings Arms Tavern

Downfall of Humanity

Combining the raw power of meatiness, heaviness and brutality with the richness of melody and harmony, Downfall Of Humanity strive to get their audience head banging AND humming to their tunes. Watch out for a bit of on-stage craziness... and prepare to sample some tasty heavy metal from the depths of West Auckland!


Four piece Auckland Death metal band, HeadRoller, Incorporate a vast range of Influence including, Death, Thrash, Black and even Punk. Describing themselves as "Death Groove" Head Roller are currently preparing to unleash their sound. With a Brutal bottom end to keep the windows thumping and rampaging riffs that will leave you wanting more, be sure to check them out.

HAMILTON 18th November at Zeal
All Ages - Please note this event is drug and alcohol free

Thy Assassin

Thy Assassin are a 4 piece Deathcore band based in Hamilton New Zealand, after releasing the Vultures EP in 2010 the original 5 piece band had been playing shows all around the North Island for years as teenagers. They took a 2 year hiatus as they lost a few members and wrote and recorded their debut album A World Left Behind, released February 2015, which brought a whole new polished, melodic, technical and crushingly heavy sound to the table. They have since been touring NZ growing their local fan base. Thy Assassin are now writing their 2nd full length album.


Four piece Melodic Hardcore band from Bay of Plenty. The music of Patriot is the sound of hope and compassion, a group looking for something greater than the world around them. Patriot is a voice to those who are lost, who’s loved ones are lost and the conditions afflicting the world. We believe in hope, faith, love and in you. You are not a wasted life.

Wellington Saturday 19th November at Valhalla


Bringing a modern, aggressive approach to Death Metal, Palmerston North based Depths have been making their mark on the New Zealand heavy music scene since their inception with their crushing sound and passionate, pulverizing live performance instantly showing the nation that they are an unnerving force to be reckoned with.

After countless tours up and down the country, supporting numerous international acts including Between the Buried and Me, Suicide Silence, Thy Art Is Murder, Animals As Leaders, A Plea For Purging, Parkway Drive, The Acacia Strain, Volumes and I Killed the Prom Queen, they proved their position as one of New Zealand's hardest working metal acts.


Winterborn are a metal trio, hailing from Wellington. Since their formation during the winter of 2014; Winterborn has performed all across the North Island of New Zealand, performed alongside countless NZ Metal bands, and amassed more than 24 hours of stage time. 

Inspired by the likes of Death, Sepultura, Gojira, and Necrophagist; Winterborn fuses thought provoking vocals, old school death/thrash riffs, classic metal/punk drumming, and technical bass lines to create a unique and massive sound of original metal.

Of Blackest Oceans

Of Blackest Oceans is a progressive metalcore band based in Wellington, New Zealand. Since the band’s formation in 2008 they have successfully combined the best elements of progressive heavy music.

Swamp City Goons

"Some say he's a living legend, others say he's a complete cunt... The second group are probably right. Since 1993, Danny Rascal has toured the world, torturing audiences with his music, most notoriously as the front man for Ska/Punk Surfcore legends Monkey Puzzle, who have combined album sales of just over 300 000 units since 1996, and more recently as the instigator and lead singer of Unleash The Kraken, in in just under 12 months together, created a near mythical status in NZ, playing only 5 shows. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Monkey Puzzle's first album and Danny has put together a new band, The Swamp City Goons, to play a handful of dates in celebration, covering a 'best of' selection of his music from the past 25 years, as well as a couple of new tracks, written especially for these shows. Please welcome to the stage, the man voted 'Most Likely To Be Your Real Dad'... Danny Rascal!"


Sponsored by Loaded Entertainment, Black Frog Management, muzic.net.nz, Phantom Billstickers, Music Solutions and Warners Bay Five Star Print (Auckland).

ARTICLE: Stage Setups

Stage Setups
An article written by Paul Harvey from Splitrock Media Productions for muzic.net.nz.

Many a band has been faced with the dilemma of how to integrate the sounds of their individual instruments and the Public Address (PA) system. The challenge that they face is the audial flexibility and clarity on stage, where they are playing, to bringing that same quality of music to the audience anywhere from the front of the stage to the folk all the way at the back. Although the subject of PA would fill volumes and is outside of the scope of this article, I am hoping to address some of the more fundamental issues that confront a band and how to achieve the more basic of setups and arrangements that confront a rock band.

Instrument Amplifier Placement


To many musicians, the question of amplifier placement is not one that poses much difficulty. The fundamental question as it were, must be that it is on stage with them and they need to be in close proximity for both the ability to hear the sound coming out of the amplifier and to be able to make any changes as required.

One of the many considerations confronting the sound engineer who is mixing the band, is how to get the balance of sound with what the band is creating on stage and what is be projected to the audience, and believe me there is a very real difference. Added to this is the physical limitations that the venue might impose on the band in regard to how much space is available for the band to actually perform on. So the problem escalates when a template or layout that has been arranged by the band in their rehearsal set up doesn’t match that of the venue’s performance space.

In the above examples we see that there are some fundamentals that are duplicated on just about every stage that has been played on. There are a row of musical instruments that sit at the back of the band facing in the direction of the audience with the drums taking centre stage sometimes on a riser and the other instrument amplifiers in close proximity to the drummer and the rest of the band.

Full Article

Next issue: Songwriting.


Winners Announced For the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song If I Move To Mars.
Thomas Oliver accepted the prestigious award at a ceremony held at Vector Arena in Auckland tonight. The accolade acknowledges excellence in songwriting and has in the past been awarded to some of the most recognisable names and songs in New Zealand music, from the Swingers' Counting The Beat and Bic Runga’s Drive to Scribe and P-Money’s Not Many and Lorde and Joel Little’s Royals.
A sweet and simple, yet compelling, love song, Thomas Oliver says, “On the surface, it's a light-hearted song about taking someone to Mars and lying in the dirt, drinking Cognac and listening to records. But at its core, it's a love song and I meant every word."
“It’s a wonderful thing to recognise talented and hardworking songwriters like Thomas” says Anthony Healey, Head of NZ Operations for APRA AMCOS. “The acclaim of your peers is special, it’s the highest praise and in this case a well-deserved accolade.”
Critically acclaimed musician and songwriter Sean James Donnelly (SJD) was the musical director of tonight’s 51st APRA Silver Scrolls ceremony, which saw a host of other Kiwi songwriters collect awards.

Silver Scrolls Photo Gallery

Full Article

Moana Maniapoto Inducted Into The New Zealand Music Hall Of Fame

APRA will honour the contribution Moana Maniapoto has made to music in Aotearoa when she is inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Awards.

The New Zealand Music Hall of Fame pays tribute to songwriters, musicians and acts that have made a significant impact on life and culture through their music.

Regarded as one of our most significant voices, Moana Maniapoto (Ngāti Tūwharetoa/Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wahiao) has been at the beating heart of the nation’s music scene for four decades. 

A trailblazer and a self-confessed “political junkie” who has never shied away from pushing boundaries, she first rose to mainstream prominence in 1987 when Moana and the Moahunters released the song Kua Makona, blending the traditional with the contemporary. 

The Invercargill-born singer-songwriter went on to form Moana and the Tribe in the early 2000s, shaping a unique fusion of waiata, haka and electronic-flavoured soul.

Since then, Moana Maniapoto and her band have played at hundreds of festivals and concerts around the globe. Their performances have been met with critical acclaim, helping to establish her and her music as one of New Zealand’s greatest musical exports.

Full Article

MMF announces Focus Session for Napier

Following the recent success of the very first Back-to-Basics seminar in Napier, which resulted in over 15 new MMF members join from the Hawkes Bay region, the NZ MMF in association with The Backline Charitable Trust is holding a follow up seminar; The ‘Focus Sessions’ - on Wednesday 12 October 2016.

Open to MMF members only, the free Phase Two seminar is designed for artists and managers who could benefit from in depth discussions regarding challenges specific to their music career. Moderated by MMF Music Manager Lorraine Barry – Lorraine Barry Management (Dave Dobbyn, Nomad, Terrible Sons, Mark Vanilau), the evening will focus on topics such as developing an artist, what tools to create, touring, marketing, and planning the release of a single, album, or EP.

Places for the focus group are very limited and RSVP is essential. Please contact [email protected] to secure seat and venue details.

Full Article

 1st Announce - Jim Beam Homegrown

 Splore announces festival theme and first line-up of music


New Releases

Harry Parsons - Exoskeleton
Graeme James - One + One
The Quick and the Dead - 10 Year Anniversary release
Mika Haka - Loved Me A Man
Elcee - Heart Over Mind
After 'Ours - Be Around
Devilskin - Be Like The River
Tricks & Sleeves - Locked Out Of Space 
John White - Henry Green and the Island of Tuliarts
Tourettes - Feel Like Shit, Looking Great!
Ruckus Garvey - Chip On My Shoulder
Lydia Cole - Sober
Leisure - Leisure
Crowded House - Reissue of all albums
Lola Sola - Walking Back From Hell
Anna Coddington - Luck/Time
Marshmellow - The Moment I Wake Up
Princess Chelsea - Aftertouch
Kiri Eriwata - Muse and Memorabilia
Tokyo Rock Machine - Booster
The Koi Boys - Meant To Be
Marley Sola - Marley Sola
The New Brides - Simple Things


October Gigs & Tours

(in no particular order)


Armed in Advance Album Release Gig
with Dead Beat Boys and She Loves You

7 October @ Backbeat, Auckland
His Masters Voice, Hunt The Witch and Dead Favours
15 October @ Whammy Bar, Auckland
Hollie Smith
1 October @ The Refreshment Room, Waitakere Ranges - 7 October @ Ponsonby Road Lounge Club, Rotorua
- 8 October @ The Yot Club, Raglan - 9 October @ Kings, Ohakune and 14 October @ The Turner Centre, Kerikeri
1 October @ Merrylees Hotel, Dannevirke - 7 October @ Willow Park Tavern, Palmerston North
- 8 October @ Cabana, Napier and 22 October @ Totara Street, Tauranga
Woolshed Tour
19 October @ Pirinoa - 20 October @ Masterton - 21 October @ Dannevirke - 22 October @ Taihape
- 23 October @ Marton - 26 October @ Hawera - 27 Octobner @ Taumarunui - 28 October @ Mahoenui
- 29 October @ Cambridge and 30 October @ Te Puke
Mice on Stilts
7 October @ Kings Arms, Auckland and 8 October @ San Francisco Bathhouse, Wellington
Graeme James
1 October @ Dog with Two Tails, Dunedin - 7 October @ The Sherwood, Queenstown
- 8 October @ Gin & Raspberry, Wanaka - 13 October @ Little Theatre, Fielding - 14 October @ Meow, Wellington
- 15 October @ Fourth Wall, New Plymouth - 16 October @ Common Room, Hastings
- 21 October @ Butter Factory, Whangarei - 22 October @ Wine Cellar, Auckland and 23 October @ Leigh Sawmill, Leigh
Master Blaster
7 October @ The Batch, Tauranga - 8 October @ Snails, Palmerston North - 14 October @ Whammy Bar, Auckland
and 15 October @ Bridge Tavern, New Plymouth
Electric Wire Hustle
1 October @ Neck of the Woods, Auckland and 7 October @ San Francisco Bathhouse, Wellington
Saving Grace and Set On End
1 October @ The Rock Pit, Whakatane
A Girl Named Mo
11-15 October @ Bats Theatre, Wellington
7 October @ Churchills, Christchurch - 8 October @ The Cook, Dunedin - 14 October @ Kings Arms, Auckland
and 22 October @ Bodega, Wellington
The Church Tour
Sharon O'Neill, Shona Laing, Debbie Harwood and Hammond Gamble
1 October @ Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch
7 & 14 October @ Las Vegas Club, Auckland
Anna Coddington
28 October @ Tuning Fork, Auckland and 29 October @ The Rising Tide, Mt Maunganui
21 October @ Crystal Palace, Auckland and 23 October @ Meow, Wellington
WhammyFest 2016
29 October @ Whammy & Backroom, Auckland


28 October @ San Francisco Bathhouse, Wellington and 29 October @ Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland
Steven Wilson
26 October @ The Powerstation, Auckland
Slipknot with Lamb of God
26 October @ Vector Arena, Auckland
Bad Manners
18 October @ Bodega, Wellington - 19 October @ Cabana, Napier - 20 October @ Totara Street, Tauranga
- 21 October @ Altitude, Hamilton - 22 October @ Kings Arms, Auckland and 23 October @ Churchills, Christchurch
Black Mountain
1 October @ Bodega, Wellington
Falling In Reverse
12 October @ The Powerstation, Auckland
The Coathangers
1 October @ Churchills, Christchurch
Travis Scott
4 October @ The Powerstation, Auckland
5 October @ Sammys, Dunedin - 6 October @ San Francisco Bathhouse, Wellington -
7 October @ Bedford, Christchurch and 8 October @ Studio, Auckland
Tom Lee-Richards
14 October @ The Hop House, Mt Maunganui - 16 October @ Portland Public House, Auckland
- 23 October @ Cabana, Napier - 27 October @ Blue Smoke, Christchurch
- 28 October @ The Strawberry Tree, Kaikoura and 29 October at East Street Café, Nelson
Escape The Fate
1 October @ Kings Arms, Auckland
Brian McKnight
15 October @ Opera House, Wellington and 16 October @ ASB Theatre, Auckland
The Rubens
13 October @ Kings Arms, Auckland and 15 October @ Meow, Wellington
Guantanamo Baywatch
6 October @ Whammy Bar, Auckland - 7 October @ Yot Club, Raglan and 8 October @ Valhalla, Wellington
Liam Gerner and Josh Rennie-Hynes
13 October @ Southern Fork Americana Festival 2016, Auckland - 14 October @ Walton Street, Te Awamutu
- 15 October @ Raumati Social Club, Raumati - 16 October @ Meow, Wellington
- 19 October @ The Mussel Inn, Onekaka - 20 October @ Nelson Arts Festival, Nelson
- 21 October @ Wunderbar, Lyttelton and 22 October @ Penguin Entertainers Club, Oamaru
1 October @ Blind Tiger, Wellington
Hexis with Men An Tol, Ape of Unreason, Machina Rex and Meth Christ
18 October @ Darkroom, Christchurch
Place of Skulls with Gormukiliodokus, Christless and Tyrannosaurus Wreck
27 October @ Darkroom, Christchurch
All Hallows Eve Night Tribute
28 October @ Churchills, Christchurch


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Stonehurst - Gig Review: Free Yourself Tour @ Darkroom, Christchurch - 20/08/16
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John White - Album Review: Henry Green & the Island of Tuliarts
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Diaz Grimm - Album Review: 2077
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2016 Silver Scroll Awards
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Fly My Pretties
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Rebel Sound Radio
Photos by Grant

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