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Download: The Bats, ‘Free All the Monsters’

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[Our Auckland correspondent updates us on Saturday’s visitors:] The much-loved Bats are often taken for granted in their native New Zealand: They’ve been part of the musical furniture in this country for nigh on 30 years, playing their idiosyncratic brand of electric folk-rock over the course of eight quietly influential albums. Away from home, that […]

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Video: Opossom, ‘Blue Meanies’

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Opossom is the new project of Kody Neilson, brother of Unknown Mortal Orchestra‘s Ruben, both former members of Portland (by way of Auckland, New Zealand) art punks the Mint Chicks. “Blue Meanies” is the lead single from Opossom’s debut “Electric Hawaii,” out now on Fire Records. Neilson is joined by his partner Bic Runga – […]

Video: Opossom, ‘Blue Meanies’

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Opossom is the new project of Kody Neilson, brother of Unknown Mortal Orchestra‘s Ruben, both former members of Portland (by way of Auckland, New Zealand) art punks the Mint Chicks. “Blue Meanies” is the lead single from Opossom’s debut “Electric Hawaii,” out now on Fire Records. Neilson is joined by his partner Bic Runga – […]

Jackpot: The English Beat, anthologized

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[Auckland, New Zealand-based writer Keith Shackleton, an occasional contributor to Buzz Bands LA, is a native of the U.K. who was around for The Beat – known as The English Beat in the U.S. – and all the other music he discusses in this essay:] By Keith Shackleton Late-’70s British post-punk music can be characterized by […]

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Download: Kora, ‘On My Mind’

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Globetrotters since their debut album, rock-funk collective Kora are setting out on a West Coast tour, centered on an appearance at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. The band of brothers – Laughton, Francis, Stuart and Brad Kora (plus Dan McGruer on keys & bass) – have a reputation for awesome live shows. Multi-instrumentalists all, […]

Download: Kora, ‘On My Mind’

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Globetrotters since their debut album, rock-funk collective Kora are setting out on a West Coast tour, centered on an appearance at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. The band of brothers – Laughton, Francis, Stuart and Brad Kora (plus Dan McGruer on keys & bass) – have a reputation for awesome live shows. Multi-instrumentalists all, […]

Video: Lawrence Arabia, ‘Auckland CBD Part 2’

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Lawrence Arabia is the nom de musique of New Zealand’s prolific psych-pop maestro James Milne. In full Lawrence of Arabia garb, he knocked out an understated eponymous debut in 2006, and followed it up that same year with an infectious set of glorious pop songs released as the Reduction Agents – Milne in cahoots with […]

Download: Skysaw, ‘No One Can Tell’

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Skysaw, a band formerly known as This, is the latest vehicle for ex-Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. Chamberlin, plus cohorts Mike Reina and Anthony Pirog, will be augmented by Paul Wood and Boris Skalsky of NYC indie rockers Dead Heart Bloom on upcoming live dates. Skysaw’s debut album “Great Civilizations” will be with us in […]

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