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New clip from Neil and Liam Finn

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Neil and Liam Finn have dropped a new video to mark the release tomorrow (August 24) of their first album together Lightsleeper.

The pair don’t actually appear in the video for ‘Anger Plays A Part’, which was directed by Alex & Anthony and is described as an exploration of idealisation, resentment and anger, viewed through the lens of a child.

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Anniversary treats from Shihad

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Shihad is hitting the road in October to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

At the same time, the iconic Kiwi hard rock band has also announced the reissue of their 1999 classic The General Electric, with the record being made available on vinyl for the very first time.

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Theia pop-ups next month

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Theia has unveiled a series of intimate ‘pop-ups’ for September, which will give fans a chance to hear new music from her upcoming second EP.

The Kiwi alt-pop star will play Ante Social in Auckland on September 12; Nivara Lounge in Hamilton (September 13) and The Stomach in Palmerston North (September 14); the latter show will be an all age show.

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SWIDT on tour!

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SWIDT are hitting the road in October for their first ever headline tour of New Zealand.

Presented by Eccles Entertainment and Mai FM, the tour will see the award-winning Onehunga hip hop collective playing the four major centres, beginning with Ubar in Dunedin on October 5, followed by San Fran, Wellington (October 6), The Studio, Auckland (October 12) and The Empire, Christchurch (October 13).

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Mockasin or Bostyn?

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Never one for the conventional, the upcoming third studio album from Connan Mockasin finds him taking on the guise of a fictional music teacher called Bostyn.

Jassbusters is released on October 16 and the concept is that it was recorded by a band of music teachers, led by Mockasin.

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Americana Fest line-up

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Some of New Zealand’s best known folk and country acts will share the stage with an eclectic line-up of international guests for the annual Southern Fork Americana Festival.

This year’s event will be the fifth and will run from October 5-12 at Spark Arena’s side venue in Auckland.

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The Others Way: the second wave

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A further 18 acts have been added to the line-up to this year’s The Others Way Festival.

The latest additions include the hip hop supergroup High Beams –Illbaz, Melodownz and Raiza Biza – indie singer-song writer Anthonie Tonnon, who promises an “eccentric” multi-media event, and Elroy, Neil Finn’s drumming son.

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Cardi B to headline Bay Dreams

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Candi B will make her New Zealand debut at Bay Dreams 2019, which has already racked up more than 40,000 ticket sales.

The hip hop superstar will headline both Bay Dreams events –ASB Bay Park, Mount Maunganui on January 2 and Trafalgar Park in Nelson on January 4 – joining a star-studded line-up of already announced guests.

According to promoters Pato Alvarez and Mitch Lowe, more than 40,000 tickets for both events have been sold within the first week and they advise fans to book now to avoid disappointment.

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First Rhythm & Alps acts

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The Black Seeds and Julia Deans are among the homegrown acts who will join a starry first wave international line-up for this year’s Rhythm & Alps in Wanaka.

The first headliners to be announced play the ever-popular New Year’s Eve music festival include US rapper Action Bronson, UK vibe maestro Nightmares On Wax, Irish electronic duo Bicep and Australia funksters The Cat Empire.

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New material from Tiny Ruins

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No word yet on her third album, but Tiny Ruins have just dropped a brand new song entitled ‘How Much’.

To mark the release, Holly Fullbrook will be taking her band on the road for a short NZ tour, with dates at Christchurch’s Blue Smoke (October 28), Auckland’s Galatos (November 1) and Wellington’s San Fran (November 3).

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