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Fleetwood Mac’s Kiwi connection

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Kiwi audiences will get the chance to see Neil Finn in Fleetwood Mac later this year, with the rock legends announcing three live dates for September.

The band will play two shows at Auckland’s Spark Arena on September 16 and 19, along with one at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on September 21.

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New video from Tiny Ruins

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Tiny Ruins has dropped a new video from Olympic Girls, along with details of two live shows to showcase her new album.

Hollie Fullbrook’s third long player is out on February 1 and will be backed with two live shows featuring the band, which consists of Alex Freer (drums), Cass Basil (bass) and Tom Healy (guitar, keys); the latter also produced the album.

Tiny Ruins will play the main theatre at Te Auaha in Wellington on March 10 and the Pt Chev RSA in Auckland on March 16 before heading to Europe for an extensive tour.

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Anxiety Club hitting the road

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Anxiety Club are embarking on their first nationwide tour in March.

The Wellington five piece will play Galatos in Auckland on  March 16, Meow in Wellington (March 23) and Blue Smoke in Christchurch (March 29).

The tour will showcase Anxiety Club’s debut EP Black Heart, which was released in October.

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More genre music awards nominations

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Nominations are now open in three more categories for this year’s Recorded Music New Zealand’s music genre awards.

The Best Children’s Music Artist, Best Country Music Artist and Best Jazz Artist are open to artists who released an album or five singles releases during the period January 1-December 31 2018.

The winners in these categories are presented in award ceremonies during the year instead of at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

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Daffodils blossums in March

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Kiwi musical romance Daffodils – which marks the acting debut of popster Kimbra – will get its premiere in March.

Based on the Edinburgh Festival award-winning play by Rochelle Bright, the film also stars Rose McIver (iZombie) and George Mason (Home and Away, Go Girls) and features the songs of Kiwi icons such as Dave Dobbyn, The Mutton Birds, Bic Runga, The Clean and Crowded House.

Daffodils will open in NZ cinemas on March 21 and the nationwide release will be preceded by what its expected a star-studded premiere at Wellington’s Embassy Theatre.

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Soaked Oats head to Aussie

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Fresh from their US jaunt at the tail end of last year, Soaked Oats have announced a five date tour of Australia.

The Dunedin band – currently in the midst of an extensive nationwide tour – will head to Melbourne in February for shows in Melbourne, Canberra, Wollongong, and Sydney.

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Mark Clive de Lowe explores his Japanese roots

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“Heritage is the idea of transmitting from the past to the future,” says Mark Clive de Lowe of his inspiration for his new album, the appropriately titled Heritage. “It’s about identity and one’s place in the world.” 

Out on February 8 through Southbound on Ropeadope/Mashibeats, Heritage is the 18th album from the Los Angeles based pianist and electronics wizard and is a deeply personal of his Japanese ancestry and cultural roots.

The LP was recorded live over three days at LA’s Blue Whale jazz club, as well as one day in a North Hollywood studios. de Clive-Lowe deliberately edited the material in a way to blur the line between the live and studio recordings.

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New Year’s Honours for Morris and Black

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Jenny Morris and Malcolm Black’s services to the music industry have been recognized in the New Year’s Honours.

APRA chair Morris – who was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame last year – received the Queen’s Service Medal for her music business achievements and her charity work.

Former Netherworld Dancing Toys singer Black, meanwhile, has been made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

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New PwC data on music industry

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The New Zealand music industry contributes $639 million to the economy – but homegrown content still only makes up just over a quarter of that revenue.

Recorded Music NZ has released PwC’s 2017 Economic Contribution of the Music Industry report, which was commissioned by the organisation, along with other industry bodies such as APRA AMCOS and the NZ Music Commission.

The study shows that the music industry as a whole contributed $639 million to New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and directly and indirectly was responsible for 5,500 full-time jobs (FTEs). That is more than double the amount reported in PwC’s 2016 report, with growth being driven by the streaming explosion and live music.

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YAMI Sounz Summit back in 2019

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Barnaby Weir, Tiki Taane and Kings are among the tutors confirmed for next year’s YAMI Sounz Summit in Wanaka.

The fourth Youth & Adults in the Music Industry event will be held next year on the weekend of May 11 and 12, and will once again consist of a mix of music workshops and panels, plus two public concerts.

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