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Mel Parsons returns with new single

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Mel Parsons has provided the first taste of her upcoming new album, which was recorded in Los Angeles with celebrated US producer Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Elvis Costello, Suzanne Vega).

‘I Got The Lonely’ is available on digital platforms today and boasts a bigger, fuller sound, courtesy of Froom and a classy collection of musicians, who include bassist Kaveh Rastegar (John Legend, Sia), guitarist Adam Levy (Norah Jones) and drummer Ted Poor (Andrew Bird); the producer himself plays keys.

“I had been wanting to work with Mitchell for a few years, and our schedules finally aligned this year when I was on tour in America,” says Parsons. “Mitchell and I had first been in touch back about working together back in 2015, but I’ve loved his work for a long time – he has produced some of my favourite albums.”

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Laneways 2019 line-up

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Lontalius, High Beams and Miss June are among the New Zealand contingent for next year’s St Jerome’s Laneways Festival.

Fittingly, for the 10th anniversary of the indie extravaganza, the headliner for the festival will be Florence + The Machine, who performed at the very first Laneways in 2010.

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Shayne Carter reunion shows

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Shayne Carter has reconvened Straitjacket Fits and Dimmer for another series of shows.

The Flying Nun icon first reassembled the band line-ups for the Kings Arms farewell concerts and they are now returning for four more dates at the end of November and early December.

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Fat Freddy’s in to the Unknown

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra will be the special guest for three of Fat Freddy’s Drop’s big Summer shows.

Ruban Nielson’s outfit – who have just wrapped up a New Zealand tour of their own – will join the Wellington groovemeisters at Auckland’s Western Springs, Christchurch’s Hagley Park and in Queenstown’s John Davies Oval.

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Six60 show a sell out

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Six60 have become the first New Zealand band to sell out Western Springs Stadium.

The Kiwi superstars will play the iconic Auckland outdoor arena on February 23 and the audience of 50,000 will make it the biggest ever headline show put on by a local act.

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Introducing DOG Power

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Indie electronica duo DOG Power have signed with Flying Nun Records, with their self-titled debut album due in November.

The band was formed in 2017 by Christchurch singer-songwriter Sam Perry – best known for his work with Zen Mantra – and experimental musician Henry Nicol.

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Lontalius back for NZ tour

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Lontalius is returning home for a quickfire New Zealand tour in October.

The Los Angeles based singer-songwriter – aka Eddie Johnston – will be supported on three dates by electronic popster October.

“I’m excited to be playing in NZ again for a number of reasons,” says Lontalius. “Mostly because I’ve never had a chance to give a real performance as Lontalius. The album release shows back in 2016 felt more like gallery openings – and if anyone saw me previously, we were probably just sitting on the floor of an empty bar stage playing casios.

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Indi debuts Demeter

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The fantasy films of the 80s are the inspiration for the video for ‘Demeter’, the new single from indie popster Indi.

The track is the latest song to be released from Berlin-based Indira Force’s debut solo album Precipe, which will be released on October 12 via Flying Nun Records.

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One Love 2019 line-up finalised

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Stan Walker and the Black Seeds are among the final additions to the line-up for next year’s One Love Festival.

As in previous years, the ever-popular reggae and R&B festival will be held at Tauranga Domain over Auckland Anniversary weekend (January 26-27) and already boasts a headline line-up that includes international favourites such as UB40 (featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey), Ky Mani Marley and Maxi Priest.

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Laneways back in 2019

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It’s official: the St Jerome’s Laneways Festival will be returning to Auckland next year.

The indie extravaganza will be held for the third successive year at Albert Park on Auckland Anniversary Day on January 28.

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