16 July 2009

Gigs - 1 outta 2...

... aint bad. I wish I could go to both, but beggars can't be choosers!

1. White Lies - August 1st (YAY - I have my ticket)
THE STUDIO K RD SATURDAY 1 AUGUST 2009 (Read all about it here)

Secret Sounds and Solid Entertainment are delighted to announce that WHITE LIES will play for the first time in New Zealand at The Studio, Auckland, Saturday August 1st. It’s the right band, at the right time, a truly tantalizing prospect. (An all ages and licensed event.) “maybe, just maybe, on this occasion the reason why the spotlight is shining so brightly on this West London trio is simply down to the quality of their songs, because make no mistake, if To Lose My Life is anything to go by, White Lies have an armoury of them in abundance.” – Drowned In Sound “Epic British Indie reborn!” – Mojo

Harking back to the sonic strains of Joy Division, Echo & The Bunnymen and Interpol, WHITE LIES have an uncanny knack for penning unforgettable hooklines and insatiable choruses… by the bucketload!

“For all its glum pronouncements of murder, mortality and loss, it’s an ecstatic listen, ponderous party music.” – NME Album Review

2. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks (Don't think I'll be going)
THE STUDIO K RD FRIDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2009 (Read the release here)

From the day nigh two decades ago when the first scratchy sounds of Pavement floated in the ether above Stockton California, the music of Stephen Malkmus has been the gift that keeps on keepin' on. With their fractured songs, unexpected blasts of feedback, laconic vocals, cryptic literate lyrics, and defiant low-fidelity, Pavement were one of the most influential and distinctive bands to emerge from the American underground in the '90s. After splitting the band in 2000, Malkmus has continued on his merry way, recording four ‘solo’ LPs of occasionally whimsical, often psychedelically poptastic brilliance. His latest, Real Emotional Trash is his second credited to his backing band The Jicks.

Last here for two sold out shows in 2001, Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks are joined at the Studio show by The Verlaines – one of the great Dunedin bands to record for the Flying Nun label and whose classic “Death and The Maiden” Malkmus himself covered for the label’s 21st birthday comp Under The Influence. Graeme Downes has reunited The Verlaines for their eighth album, Corporate Moronic, out this month.

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