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Jackson Owens shares new video

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Rising Kiwi pop/R&B star Jackson Owens secured an A-list production team for the video for his latest single ‘Selfish’.

The clip was made by Taktix Films, whose credits include Justin Bieber’s video for ‘Sorry’, which has racked up more than three billion views on YouTube, and Ciara’s smash ‘Level Up’. Directed by Jared Leith, the video was shot in Auckland’s CBD and at the iconic Piha Beach.

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Summer dates for Drax Project

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Pop sensations Drax Project have announced three headline shows over the Christmas break.

Presented by Eccles Entertainment and ZM, the young hitmakers will be joined for the three Summer shows by Kings. The mini-tour kicks off in the Coromandel at Coroglen Tavern on December 27 and will be followed by dates at New Plymouth’s Butlers Reef (January 3) and Waihi Beach Hotel (January 5).

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Parsons sets date for Glass Heart

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Mel Parsons has confirmed a November 30 release date for her fourth studio album Glass Heart.

In addition, the award-winning singer-songwriter has also shared a new song from the album entitled ‘Blame’ and announced a three date tour to support the record’s release.

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Daffodils to flower with Kartel

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Teenage popsters Daffodils have signed with UK based artist services company Kartel Music Group.

The announcement coincides with the release of the Auckland four-piece’s fourth single ‘A Leo Underwater’ and follows hot on the heels of their first ever headline show.

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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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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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The Beths: Elizabeth Stokes on Future Me Hates Me

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The buzzsaw bop of The Beths wouldn’t seem to have a lot in common with jazz, but oddly enough there is connection.

Like their pals Wax Chattels, the Auckland four-piece first – who debut album Future Me Hates Me has just been released– met while studying jazz at Auckland University.

However, singer/guitarist Elizabeth Stokes doesn’t see it as being that much of a contradiction.

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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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Mitch James confirms debut LP

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Mitch James will release his highly anticipated self-titled debut on September 14 and will be supporting it with this first ever headline tour.

The album was recorded at Roundhead Studios and features contributions from Six60’s Ji Fraser and Eli Paewai. Mitch James will include his most recently released singles ‘Can’t Help Myself’ and ‘21’; the latter is currently #3 in the NZ Singles Chart.

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