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Alae to drop Henry St in October

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Alae has confirmed an October 26 release date for their eagerly anticipated debut album Henry St.

The newly-minted four piece – songwriting duo Alex Farrell-Davey and Allister Meffan have been joined fulltime in the band by bassist Marika Hodgson and drummer Jayden Lee –have also announced a national tour, which will follow the release of the album and continue through into December.

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Broods premiere Peaches video

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Broods have shared a video for ‘Peaches’, the first single from the as-yet-untitled third album.

Directed by fellow Kiwi Sam Kristofski, the clip finds the now Los Angeles-based Georgia and Caleb Knott making an appearance on a 1970s style US TV talks show.

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Starry Congress hits the road

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New homegrown supergroup Congress of Animals – which features members of Flight Of The Conchords and Trinity Roots among others– are about to embark on their first ever tour.

The Strange Caravan Tour kicks off in November and will run through until the beginning of December.

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Devilskin unveils ‘Endo’

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Devilskin singer Jennie Skulander’s battle with endometriosis is the subject of ‘Endo’, the powerful new single from the chart-topping hard rockers.

Skulander describes the song as a “cathartic exorcism” of her own personal demons and follows on from her undergoing surgery for Stage 4 Endometriosis.

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Sonorous returns in 2019

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Dance festival Sonorous will once again be back for Auckland’s Anniversary Weekend.

Returning for its second year, the one-day house and techno extravaganza will be held on January 27 at Matakana Country Park, just outside of Auckland.

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Ruha and Hall Behind The Lines

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Ria Hall and Rob Ruha are teaming up Behind The Lines, their first ever joint national tour.

The event will see the Māori music icons showcasing the music from their latest albums Rules Of Engagement and Survivance, both of which have been nominated for this year’s Waiata Maori Music Awards.

According to the duo, the Behind The Lines shows will showcase “powerful messages of nationhood, cultural endurance, spirituality and unity”.

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Sheehan shares Soma Dreams

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‘Soma Dreams’ is the first single to be released to be Rhian Sheehan’s new album A Quiet Divide, which is released on October 5, via Loop Recordings.

According to the electonica maestro, the track – co-written with his wife Raashi and co-produced by Jol Mulholland– encapsulates the nostalgic feel of the album and was originally written on his baritone ukulele.

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Blindspott reunite for Rock 1500

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Blindspott are reforming to headline The Rock 1500 countdown live event on September 21.

It will be the first time in almost decade that the iconic hard rock band – Damian Alexander (vocals), Marcus Powell (guitar, backing vocals), and Shelton Woolright (drums) – have played together and they are looking forward to taking the stage together again.

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TrinityRoots celebrate True

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As part of their 20th anniversary celebrations, TrinityRoots will perform their classic album True in its entirety for the first time.

Warren Maxwell, Rio Hunuki-Hemopo and Ben Lemi will be joined by a number of special guests to bring the celebrated 2002 album –reissued on vinyl for the first time earlier this year– to life.

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Harry Lyon reveals solo debut

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After a music career spanning more than 40 years, Harry Lyon will release his solo debut To The Sea on October 5.

Promising to showcase an array of styles and influences – from country and Pasifika to classic Kiwi rock – the album will be released via Norm Records/Southbound and will be supported by a national tour.

To The Sea was produced by Delaney Davidson, who was amazed by the selection of songs that Lyon had stockpiled over the decades. “The more I worked with these songs the more I saw them as a document of someone who has lived through an amazing time,” he adds.

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