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Vinyl Friday - The Flying Nun Special

Vinyl Friday - 
The Flying Nun Special

 Friday November 25th 
5.30pm Free Entry

Given that it's the 30th anniversary of New Zealand's best loved record label this month, it would be downright rude of the Vinyl Friday Illuminati to ignore it. Consequently, we've drafted label founder Roger Shepherd and former Garage editor Richard Langston in to construct an analogue tribute worthy of the occasion. There are also strong rumours that Simon Coley will make an appearance with his copy of "Fall In A Hole", hotly pursued we assume by a lynch mob of copyright lawyers. We're just hoping that one of them will play The Verlaines' "Pyromaniac". For the perfect way to memorialise one of our finest domestic cultural achievements, be there at Happy Bar, Friday 25 November. It kicks off at 5.30 so don't be late; some of us aren't as young as we used to be.

Coney Island Swamp Monster, Great Expectorations, The Dickens, Meghan Glue w Andrew Savage

Coney Island Swamp Monster, Great Expectorations, The Dickens, Meghan Glue w Andrew Savage

Friday December 2nd, 9pm, $5

Can you believe it? Is it really that time again?
The women in both Dan and Andrew's lives are in the family way - and due in December. "How did that happen?" I hear you ask...
Well, this is not the time for details! Rather celebration...and we will celebrate in style.
So, the friends that are Coney Island Swamp Monster, Great Expectorations, The Dickens, Meghan Glue, Andrew Savage invite you to the first ever baby shower gig staged in Wellington.
Over the last two years, this community of musicians and friends have forged a relationship based on mutual respect and genuine appreciation of each other’s musical offerings.
We can't think of any other people we would prefer to celebrate with as we pave the way for our unborn children.
This may be the last outing for a few months as both Dan & Andrew will endeavour to be good fathers for a bit before cracking out the guitars again...not too long mind you…
So - it's a date.
$5 on the door, and bring a baby shower gift if you want to!
You will be treated:
The night kicks off with Andrew Savage of the Dickens playing a short solo set followed by the siren that is Meghan Glue. The Dickens will give you 100% after that, followed by Great Expectorations (do not miss this) and Wellington's finest: Coney Island Swamp Monster.

Sunbird7 w Monica Yeoman & My Dear Watson

Sunbird7 w Monica Yeoman & My Dear Watson
Saturday November 26th 8pm $10

Inspired by a mutual passion for music and story-telling Rohan and Geoff have created the sounds of Sunbird7. This live show will draw you into a world where the wary traveller can lose themselves in the memories of home and in the next breath be full of love and romance for the adventures that lay ahead. Their masterful melodies and stories of strength and pride will inspire passion in your heart and draw you into an emotional journey. 
Sunbird7 combines the lyrical magic of Donovan and the uplifting sounds of Coldplay with a twist of driven Celtic drums and beautiful folk melodies into an endless vista of 'cinematic folk' which never fails to captivate their audiences.
Rohan and Geoff met in the mountains high above Queenstown, in an old slate rock miner's cottage where they set about creating an idea and a sound of long lost travelers, love and yearning, and Aotearoa's changing seasons above the central Otago plains. The recording made in that cottage was then released into the hot sun of Canterbury's summer days where they played to spontaneous crowds of more than 500 people in Christchurch's majestic Cathedral Square. 
This coming together of strangers for song and dance under the canopy of summer evenings and the music of a long forgotten home inspired the birth of Sundbird7 ~ acoustic guitars, joyful and emotive voices, jungle drums on a backdrop of cinematic sound-scapes let listeners live, love and find themselves more whole than when they started the journey.

Web : www.facebook.com/sunbird7
Music : www.reverbnation.com/sunbird7

Hollywoodfun Downstairs w The Shadow Blasters & The Medicine Dogs

Hollywoodfun Downstairs w The Shadow Blasters & The Medicine Dogs

Thursday November 24th, 9pm $5

Hollywoodfun Downstairs on Reverbnation.

Facebook Event

Other, Roses & Orchids + Ben

 OTHER w Roses & Orchids + Ben
Wednesday November 23rd 9pm gold coin

Melodious melodies, harmonious harmonies, rhythmical rhythms from three beautifully skillful Wellington bands.
Other is a small group of people who focus on melody and harmony in their short songs. It is easy to get lost in their refined, different and very interesting sound.
Roses and Orchids  consists of two singing ladies whose melodies are a little folky, a little spooky. Their voices are supported by the sound of guitars, banjo, violin and tambourine. Their songs have a distinct focus on exploring melodic motifs and interchanging harmonies.
BEN is simply awesome.

Miles Calder And The Rumors w Oskar Herbig, Lakewood Avenue & Barbeque Crackers

Miles Calder And The Rumors w Oskar Herbig, Lakewood Avenue & Barbeque Crackers

Wednesday November 30th, 7.30pm $5

A scampish folk troubadour dreaming of high seas and low trees.
Melding wiry country jangle with frail folk balladeering, Miles Calder
wins your heart and woos your dancing shoes.

After cutting his teeth drumming in various alternative rock & roll

bands, Miles now finally emerge frontstage with original written
material. He draws inspiration from folk, country and blues back
catalogues, as well as the great modern songwriters such as Bob Dylan,
Ryan Adams, Tom Waits, Beck, Townes Van Zandt, Neil Young and more.

Happy are putting on a night of folk songwriter goodness. Come be
witness the raw talent lurking in the shadows of Wellington's
new-country/folk scene. In his first show with his band, young
songwriter Miles Calder will deliver a bright array original songs.
Oskar Herbig will shake you to your bones with his mercury-gravel
voice and powerful playing of original songs that have a thick
bloodline to traditional blues and folk. The talented guitar/banjo duo
Lakewood Avenue and spritely songwriter Barbeque Crackers are arriving
on the scene and will start the night off into the air. See you there.

Luckless, Bond St Bridge w Timothy Blackman

Friday November 25th, 9pm $10

Luckless and Bond Street Bridge are taking themselves on a pilgrimage around the country - an expedition bringing their sumptuous folk/rock music to audiences from Dunedin to Auckland.

Luckless are a self-described melancholic indie-rock duo, consisting of drummer Will Wood and guitarist and vocalist Ivy Rossiter. Drawing on influences as diverse as Portishead, PJ Harvey and Sparklehorse, the duo’s fiery combination of drums and distortion ebbs and swells with each carefully crafted song. Luckless sounds like an engine run on the thick oil of a kick drum in an empty hall, a wail of overdriven guitar and the howl of a thousand heartbreaks. Rossiter’s vocals trickle over walls of drums and guitar, yelping and sighing at turns.

Bond Street Bridge is the solo project of Sam Prebble, using loop pedals and tape echoes to build up layers of guitar, violin, beats and vocals to produce a hypnotic, compelling and original sound. Evocative lyrics and sonically lush instrumental arrangements make an eclectic live show which has secured Bond Street Bridge invitations to support New York art-pop duo The Books and the LA country-noir of the Willard Grant Conspiracy.

Tickets available from Undertheradar

 Tour info on Under the Radar

Stone Candy, The Placid Saints and DazZ at Happy

Wednesday November 16th, 8pm $5

Kaleidoscope rock'n'roll from Wellington three-piece The Placid Saints

Stone Candy are a three-piece instrumental rock band from Wellington who play music they enjoy and they have eclectic taste in sonic exploration.

DazZ aka Darrell Vickers is a musician who composes, records, and performs many different styles of music. Currently based in Paremata, where he spends his time writing and recording music.


ZineFest After Party w The False Dmitrys, Robin, Daniel Boobyer, Nervous System

Saturday November 19th 8 pm Gold Coin Entry

The Blue Onesies, Wives, Solo Ono

Friday November 18th 9 pm $5

"Everybody's favourite Wellington psychedelic rock bands, The Blue Onesies and Wives, are playing a double-headliner gig at Happy with support from the dynamic duo, Solo Ono."

Meghan Glue, Kriston Batistic, William Jackman, Oskar Herbig

Thursday November 10th 8 pm $5

Jordie Lane, Matt Langley & Mel Parsons bring the Blood Thinner tour to Wellington

Thursday December 1st  8 pm $15 pre sale tickets and $20 if still available on the door. 

Australian Jordie Lane will bring his ‘Blood Thinner’ tour to Happy Bar in Wellington on December 1st with support from APRA Award winner Matt Langley and TUI Award nominee Mel Parsons. 

The trio will play an intimate, acoustic concert showcasing a blend of folk, alt-country and roots music and featuring unique collaborations on each other’s songs.  

Lane brings with him a reputation as one of Australia’s most revered singer/songwriters. Rolling Stone Magazine called his debut album “one of the most assured ever by a local artist”. Rhythms Magazine labelled him Australia’s “brightest new roots music star,” and he is commonly compared to Bruce Springsteen, Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt and Ryan Adams. 

He has also supported Cat Power, Neko Case, The Moody Blues, Gotye, and Old Crow Medicine Show, headlined sold out Australian tours, and was recently nominated for ‘Best Blues & Roots Album’ at the Australian Independent Music Awards. 

This Wellington show is part of a 12-date New Zealand tour which celebrates the release of Lane’s new sophomore album ‘Blood Thinner.