Confession time: As I am writing this blog entry, I feel a great sense of frustration overtaking me. This monolithic sense of frustration is rooted in a relatively throwaway problem though, but one that isn’t throwaway if you’re a music nerd. On Friday night, there are three gigs I really want to go to within the greater Wellington region. Due to geographic distances, attending all of the, or even two of them, and actually enjoying myself isn’t practical.

I guess I’m going to have to use some kind of randomised choice making application on my smartphone to determine which event I attend; sigh. Anyway, rather then bemoaning this frustration further, I’m going to give you a quick rundown on all three, chances are you’ll want to go to one of them.

The Unfaithful Ways, Old St Peters Hall on Beach Road; Paekakariki.

At $10 entry, and also amazingly, B.Y.O, this is a great chance to A: see one of the best young country/folk bands active in the country. B: See them perform in one of the more amazing live music venues the greater Wellington region has to offer.

If you head out that way in the afternoon, you could even try out the fantastic new Cuba Street style café which has opened up in the village, and perhaps spend some time at the beach. If you’re in the dating game, I seriously suggest this option.

For further supporting evidence, go check out the review I wrote of their album Free Reign for Under The Radar by CLICKING HERE.

Sun Araw, Absolute Boys and Rose Quartz DJs, Mighty Mighty Bar, Wellington.

As Sun Araw, American musician Cameron Stallones combines psychedelica, drone, dub, afrobeat and minimal, all executed with a warped, mind melting aesthetic. He’ll be playing alongside Absolute Boys and the expert Rose Quartz DJs, purveyors of great vibes, upfront jams and mental amounts of insane f^&king sweet action.

Stallones is touring to promote the latest Sun Araw album Ancient Romans, which is totally great music. This is the event for seriously obscure music nerds and people really into online music culture. I’m pretty sure the show is a cheeky fiver on the door as well, or at least that is what tells me.

Ex.D, Sandwiches Nightclub, Wellington.

Free before 1 am, this is the warm-up event for the February 17th arrival of twisted Glasgow instrumental RnB/hip-hop beatmaker/DJ Hudson Mohawke in Wellington. The Ex.D crew has been pushing solid experimental electronic club music vibes in Wellington for a few years now. Along the way they’ve unearthed some great local talent like synth funk dude D:UNK and post-dubstep dance producer Nat Walker, both of whom will be making live performances on the night.

A bunch of other good local DJs such as Excelle, Cruickshank and Gus will also be spinning upfront tunes at the show. If you’re into post dubstep, UK funky, wonky, aqua crunk, or any of the various contemporary bass music genre names thrown around on the regular, this event will be awesome. You can read interviews I’ve written with D:UNK and Nat Walker by clicking HERE and HERE respectively.



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What are you going to choose??

By Hannah, 31 January 2012


Probably Sun Araw. But if I had a date and a free afternoon/evening, totally The Unfaithful Ways. But I also wanna see Nat Walker live! !^@%!*@%!@%!

By Martyn Pepperell, 31 January 2012

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