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Dropkick Murphys and Rancid will bring tour to Los Angeles and Santa Ana

Punk rock bands Dropkick Murphys and Rancid are hitting the road together later this summer with support from The Bronx. The trek kicks off in August and comes to California for multiple dates in October with shows at Frost Amphitheater in Palo Alto Thursday, Oct. 7; a festival performance at Aftershock at Discovery Park in Sacramento Friday, Oct. 8; the Observatory OC Festival Grounds in Santa Ana Saturday, Oct. 9; Gallagher Square Park at Petco Park in San Diego Sunday, Oct. 10; Vina Robles Am...
Tags: Music, California, Boston, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Palo Alto, Things To Do, Soccer, New Zealand, San Diego, Dropkick Murphys, Morrissey, Cypress Hill, Paso Robles, Tim Armstrong

Cypress Hill will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its debut at The Shrine Auditorium

Cypress Hill just announced it would celebrate the 30th anniversary of its self-titled debut with a co-headlining tour with Atmosphere and special guests Z-Trip. The jaunt kicks off on Aug. 6 and and stops in the West Parking Lot at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Friday, Aug. 13 and Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheatre in San Diego on Saturday, Aug. 14. Tickets are $54.50-$60 and are now on sale at VIP packages including meet and greet options are available for $155-$255 also at...
Tags: Music, Beck, Los Angeles, Sport, Park, Things To Do, Soccer, Showtime, New Zealand, San Diego, Cypress Hill, Concerts, Hollywood Park, Devo, Norco, South Gate

Lorde’s comeback single is a lesson in letting pop stars take their time

Solar Power delivers a statement of loose-limbed maturity from a mercurial star who is much imitated but utterly uniqueLorde has said she was “waiting for the right moment” to release her comeback single, Solar Power, and opted for 11 June to coincide with the year’s only solar eclipse (although leaks may have forced her hand). Her chosen date resonates beyond the obvious thematic associations of her hazy, sun-worshipping comeback single and its cheeky cover art.Pop stars, especially young women...
Tags: Music, Lorde, Culture, Pop and rock, The Rolling Stones, New Zealand, Solar Power, Primal Scream, George Michael, Olivia Rodrigo

Devo and Black Pumas will christen Hollywood Park’s new Performance Venue

Rock band Devo and psychedelic soul group Black Pumas will be among the first artists to take the stage at the all-new Performance Venue located at the sprawling Hollywood Park and under the same roof as SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. (And yes, we’re told that’s what the name of the performance venue is — Performance Venue — at least for now.) The 6,000-capacity theater is scheduled to open later this year with Latin rock band Caifanes kicking things off on Sept. 4, though it’s possible more acts ma...
Tags: Music, New York, California, Beck, Sport, Park, Austin, Things To Do, Soccer, New Zealand, North America, Pasadena, Rose Bowl, Ticketmaster, Concerts, Inglewood

Confusion And Upheaval At New Zealand Opera As One-Third Of Board Resigns

Three members of the national company’s governing body (reportedly the three with the most experience with and connections within the industry) stepped down in May. One of them has since spoken up to refute speculation about specific reasons for their departure, but his explanation is less than entirely clear: “What I saw was a huge upswelling of discontent and confusion about the artistic direction of the company. … This is not about editing opera … this is what we saw as a lack of thought and...
Tags: Art, Music, New Zealand, 05.31.21

Neil Finn on the return of Crowded House: ‘I am ultimately very optimistic about the world’

As the band releases their first record in a decade, the New Zealand songwriter reflects on its influences – from Fleetwood Mac to Donald TrumpNeil Finn, New Zealand music’s jovial elder statesman, is remembering his best friend and bandmate Paul Hester.He recalls the Crowded House drummer holding Finn’s baby son Liam up to the heavens, recreating a scene from the 70s TV show Roots; how Hester taught Liam’s younger brother, Elroy, to play the drums. But Hester’s gone now – he took his own life i...
Tags: Music, Australia news, Culture, Pop and rock, New Zealand, Fleetwood Mac, Finn, Liam, Neil Finn, Hester, Elroy, Crowded House, Paul Hester, Donald TrumpNeil Finn

From eerie folk lullabies to bouncy b-sides: Ten of the Chills’ best songs

New Zealand band the Chills is releasing a new album, Scatterbrain. To celebrate, we count down 10 of their top songsA singular band, the Chills are difficult to stylistically define because their diverse sound traverses lush psychedelia, whimsy and gloom, punk rock and bright jangly pop. Known for their revolving door policy on band members, perhaps rivalled only by the Fall (there have been at least 33 members of the Chills over their 41-year career), the one constant is Martin Phillipps. And ...
Tags: Music, Culture, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Chills, Martin Phillipps

Bluesound’s new Node music streamer is here and I just piddled with joy

It’s rare that a bog-standard product update gets me hot and wet. But friends, today is that day: Bluesound has announced the next generation of its Node and Powernode hardware. Don’t know Bluesound? Firstly, shame on you. Secondly, the company makes hi-res multi-room audio hardware. Think of it as an audiophile Sonos. The company’s components are an integral part of my at-home audio set-up, so you’ll be pleased to hear that a lil’ yellow puddle formed around me when I first heard the news. But ...
Tags: Startups, Music, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Bluesound, Plugged, Powernode

Hear a Prehistoric Conch Shell Musical Instrument Played for the First Time in 18,000 Years

Photo by C. Fritz, Muséum d’Histoire naturelle de Toulouse Brian Eno once defined art as “everything you don’t have to do.” But just because humans can live without art doesn’t mean we should—or that we ever have—unless forced by exigent circumstance. Even when we spent most of our time in the business of survival, we still found time for art and music. Marsoulas Cave, for example, “in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, has long fascinated researchers with its colorful paintings depicting bi...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Life, Spain, History, New Zealand, Smithsonian, Peru, The New York Times, University Of California, Toulouse, Walter, Atlantic Ocean, First Time, Facebook Twitter

Lorde's former manager fired from Warner after admitting harassing staff

New Zealand-based Scott Maclachlan accepts ‘harmful impact of my past behaviour’ and is trying to repair the damageThe former manager of pop sensation Lorde has been fired by Warner Music New Zealand after multiple cases of harassment were revealed as part of a Me Too investigation.New Zealand’s Stuff website revealed years of harassment against female staff by Scott Maclachlan – who began working with Lorde when she was 13 and managed her through the breakout success of hit Royals. Continue rea...
Tags: Music, Lorde, Women, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Warner, Sexual Harassment, Scott Maclachlan, Warner Music New Zealand

The true story behind the viral TikTok sea shanty hit

Rediscovered song, which has a ‘cheerful energy’, was likely written by a teenage sailor or shore whaler in New Zealand in the 1830sEven from “the back of nowhere, far from any city” – not to mention the sea – John Archer caught wind of the sea shanty revival before anyone else.From his home in landlocked Ōhakune, Archer had noticed a sharp uptick in visitors to the New Zealand Folk Song website he set up in 1998. One 19th-century seafaring epic was of particular interest: Soon May The Wellerman...
Tags: Music, Social Media, World news, Australia news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Tiktok, John Archer, Ōhakune Archer

Sea shanty TikTok: how a 19th-century seafaring epic inspired a Covid generation

Rediscovered song, which has a ‘cheerful energy’, was likely written by a teenage sailor or shore whaler in New Zealand in the 1830sEven from “the back of nowhere, far from any city” – not to mention the sea – John Archer caught wind of the sea shanty revival before anyone else.From his home in landlocked Ōhakune, Archer had noticed a sharp uptick in visitors to the New Zealand Folk Song website he set up in 1998. One 19th-century seafaring epic was of particular interest: Soon May The Wellerman...
Tags: Music, Social Media, World news, Australia news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Tiktok, John Archer, Ōhakune Archer

#TrackoftheDay: “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)”

The Four LadsUSA (1953) Have you ever been searching for something on the Internet, seen some other thing entirely, then ran down that rabbit hole instead? I bet you have. I do it all the time. In fact, doing it yesterday is how I discovered that “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)”–arguably one of the signature tunes of They Might Be Giants and a track from their classic album Flood–is a cover. Maybe this isn’t news to you. It certainly was to me, because “Istanbul” sounds so much lik...
Tags: Music, Stimuli, US, New Zealand, Argentina, Giants, Istanbul, They Might Be Giants, Frankie Vaughan

Lorde urges climate action ahead of new book on Antarctica trip

New Zealand singer says Donald Trump, Great Thunberg and California wildfires spurred her to visit before it turns ‘to slush’The singer Lorde has written an impassioned entreaty for the world to face the climate emergency head-on after visiting Antarctica.Lorde said Donald Trump, California wildfires and the advocacy of Greta Thunberg spurred her to “head south” in a bid to visit the frozen continent before it turned “to slush”. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Lorde, Climate Change, California, Environment, Antarctica, New Zealand, Donald Trump California, Greta Thunberg, Donald Trump Great Thunberg, Antarctica Lorde

Fungai – “Likes” Ft. Motley & Sin Santos

Fungai is a 24 year old Zimbabwean born hip hop artist who spent some time in New Zealand and is now based in Melbourne, Australia. His latest single, “Likes”, features two Burn City underground hip hop heavy weights; Motley and Sin Santos.  Motley is cool, calm and collected with masterful flow and a cadence that majority of the industry would struggle to match. Fungai continues to impress with his lucid flow and clever wordplay. Delivering some gritty bars and really earning his stripes on su...
Tags: Likes, New Zealand, Jazz, Melbourne, Santos, Singles, Melbourne Australia, Motley, Australian Hip Hop, Fungai, Sin Santos, Sin Santos Motley

Benee Brings Her Radiohead-Esque “Happen To Me” To Colbert

The Benee album is pretty good, eh? New Zealand’s latest young alt-rock-oriented pop phenom released her accomplished and adventurous Hey u x last week, and she promoted it last night with a performance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Her song choice: opening track “Happen To Me,” the one that sounds a hell of a lot like Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes (Arpeggi),” a song recently covered by Lianne La Havas and Kelly Lee Owens. This one isn’t a cover, it just has a similar tone and texture. So...
Tags: Music, News, Stephen Colbert, Radiohead, New Zealand, Colbert, Lianne La Havas, Kelly Lee Owens, Benee, Radiohead Esque

Benee – “Sheesh” (Feat. Grimes)

Benee, the exciting young alt-pop star out of New Zealand, has just released her debut album Hey u x. There are a lot of good songs here, including several collabs released in the lead-up to the album: her breakout hit “Supalonely” with Gus Dapperton, “Plain” with Lily Allen and Flo Milli, “Night Garden” with Kenny Beats and Bakar. She also already shared opening track “Happen To Me” (which gives me a Radiohead “Weird Fishes” vibe) and the charming “Snail.” But not until now have we heard Hey u ...
Tags: Music, New Zealand, Anthropocene, Grimes, Lily Allen, New Music, Gus Dapperton, Bakar, Kenny Beats, Benee, Flo Milli Night Garden, Radiohead Weird Fishes

The Number Ones Bonus Tracks: Mark Morrison’s “Return Of The Mack”

Welcome to the Number Ones Bonus Tracks, the addendum to our regular Number Ones column. We at Stereogum recently wrapped up our fundraising campaign, and we’d like to thank everyone who donated to support this site and keep it going. To those All Access donors who pledged $1,000, I promised that I’d write a Number Ones-style column on a song of their choosing, as long as that song charted on the Billboard Hot 100. We’ll publish those once a week for the next couple of months. *** Mark Morri...
Tags: Europe, Music, UK, London, Australia, La, US, America, Atlantic, New Zealand, Miami, Leicester, Detroit, Bobby Brown, Bahamas, ESG

Benee – “Happen To Me”

The young New Zealand pop singer Benee blew up earlier this year on the strength of "Supalonely," a Gus Dapperton duet that became a hit on TikTok. Since then, she's joined beabadoobee in the ranks of the young indie-ish bedroom-pop types whose success has entirely been a result of TikTok popularity. Next week, … More »
Tags: Music, New Zealand, Benee

From Supalonely to stadiums: meet Benee, a 'normal idiot from New Zealand'

Playing proper shows in her post-pandemic homeland, making headlines for her politics and losing her privacy, the 20-year-old viral pop star is now learning to deal with real-life fameTwelve thousand fans packed into a venue on a Saturday night, phones aloft, no masks in sight: it looks like a scene from another era, not October 2020. When Benee swaggers across the stage of Auckland’s Spark Arena, she may as well be the only pop star in the world: live music recently resumed in her native New Ze...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, New Zealand, Auckland, Benee, Stella Bennett

Classical Concerts Under COVID: Where Things Stand In Asia, Australia/New Zealand, And the Americas

With governments in China, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore mostly able to impose safety measures without too much pushback, case numbers are down and concert numbers are up, though usually with reduced audience. New Zealand is almost back to normal and Australia is getting there, with even a Ring cycle planned for Brisbane this month. Alas, reports David Karlin, “the contrast between Asia and the Americas could not be more stark,” though tentative returns to concert life are happening in Cana...
Tags: Art, Asia, Music, Australia, Singapore, Americas, New Zealand, Brisbane, Audience, Asia Australia New Zealand, China Japan South Korea, Canada Colombia, David Karlin, 11.02.20

Benee – “Plain” (Feat. Lily Allen & Flo Milli)

The young New Zealand singer Benee had one of this year's best breakout TikTok hits with "Supalonely," and her imminent debut album Hey u x has an impressive guest list featuring the likes of Grimes and Kenny Beats. She also got Lily Allen and Flo Milli together on a … More »
Tags: Music, New Zealand, Grimes, Lily Allen, Kenny, Tiktok, Benee, Flo milli

Benee’s Debut Album Features Grimes, Muroki, Lily Allen, & More

One of the better viral TikTok hits of 2020 was "Supalonely," the young New Zealand pop singer Benee's duet with Gus Dapperton. She's since teamed with Kenny Beats and Bakar on "Night Garden," and it seems the collaborations don't stop there. She's just announced her debut album, and the guestlist is … More »
Tags: Music, News, New Zealand, Grimes, Lily Allen, Bakar, Kenny Beats, Night Garden, Benee, Flo milli, Muroki, Grimes Muroki Lily Allen

Lorde Tells New Zealanders To Vote In Exchange For New Music Next Year

Lorde isn't very active on social media. But today, the New Zealand pop star has made a rare appearance on Instagram to encourage you to vote -- in New Zealand. Shockingly, not everything is about us Americans! … More »
Tags: Music, News, Lorde, New Zealand

Amazon’s Echo Auto and Alexa app may soon becoming your driving companion

Amazon are updating their Alexa app, providing a simplified in-car display with music, navigation and communication controls for driving. Amazon’s Echo Auto serves as your Alexa in the car. With 8 microphones, Echo Auto will listen to your commands such as music playback, calls, or reminder requests and playback through your car’s stereo via Bluetooth or the 3.5mm AUX input. Soon, when in the car, Echo Auto owners will see their Alexa app show controls for driving, turning their phone...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Music, Technology, Bluetooth, Communication, New Zealand, Drive, Driving, Navigation, Alexa, Alexa App, Car Stereo, Alexa Auto, Echo Auto, Auto Mode

Benee – “Snail”

New Zealand pop singer Benee had a TikTok hit earlier this year with the topical "Supalonely," a song about loneliness recorded before the pandemic. Today, she's releasing a single directly inspired by being in isolation called "Snail," which comes on the heels of last month's Kenny Beats collab "Night Garden." "Snail" … More »
Tags: Music, New Zealand, Kenny, Benee

Google Play Music to shut down starting in September, will disappear by December

Google’s plans to wind down its Google Play Music service in favor of the company’s newer YouTube Music have been known for some time. But Google this week has given users a deadline on making the switch. The company says YouTube Music will fully replace Google Play Music in December 2020, at which point Google Play Music users will no longer be able to stream from or otherwise use the Google Play Music app. Though December is the final deadline for being able to export from the Google Play Musi...
Tags: Travel, Google, Google Play, Facebook, Music, Media, Youtube, Pandora, South Africa, New Zealand, Streaming, Streaming Music, Streaming Service, Youtube Music, Google Play Music, Apple Music Spotify

Top 10 New Australian Hip Hop Artists

Hip-hop from Australia is currently finding considerable international success with the likes of Hilltop Hoods, ChillinIt, Kerser and OneFour all breaking out beyond domestic market success to new audiences. With Australia’s The Kid Laroi also hitting commercial mainstream success in America with his music featured on Lyrical Lemonade and working with the likes of Lil Tecca, Lil Skies, Lil Tjay and more, we take a look at the next top 10 artists to watch from Australia teetering on an internati...
Tags: Europe, UK, London, News, Australia, America, Queensland, Sydney, New Zealand, Brisbane, Jazz, Zambia, Melbourne, Menace, Top 10, Botswana

Benee – “Night Garden” (Feat. Kenny Beats & Bakar)

The Benee x Kenny connection! "Night Garden" is the new single from Benee, the stylish and talented young New Zealand pop singer who has been enjoying TikTok-fueled breakout success with her Gus Dapperton duet "Supalonely." It features hard-hitting yet surprisingly low-key production from LA sonic marauder Kenny Beats and a "demon time"-referencing guest … More »
Tags: Music, New Zealand, Kenny, Gus Dapperton, Bakar, Kenny Beats, Night Garden, Benee

The Beths: how New Zealand’s favourite pop-rock group made self-doubt their brand

Their first album took the four-piece band around the world, but on their second lead singer Elizabeth Stokes is taking nothing for grantedWhen my video call connects with Auckland songwriter Elizabeth Stokes, I realise she’s opted for an audio-only chat and switch my camera off too. It’s the kind of self-consciousness that makes her music with the Beths feel like a mirror, revealing all of my own neuroses.“I don’t think I do a very good job speaking and I quite often prefer not to,” she tells m...
Tags: Music, Culture, Asia Pacific, Pop and rock, New Zealand, Auckland, Beths, Elizabeth Stokes

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