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FOALS


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My mate suggested Foals to me when we were in year 13, which would have been around the release of their fourth album ‘What Went Down’ way back in 2015. He said he’d make me an irresistible playlist that would have me hooked from the moment I listened, a new favourite band he promised me. I was keen, of course. As a little suburban white kid why would I not want to expand my indie/art/math/alternative/post rock listening sphere? Well, the playlist never came, my mate went to live in Wellington and I never ended up listening to Foals, a trend which continued until, well, this last Friday night. It’s not unusual for me to go to a gig completely blind on an artist, but there was something about going into Foals which felt a little different. It’s clear they have an extremely dedicated fanbase, half of the crowd seemed to know 90%+ of the lyrics (something I can’t say I know about my favourite artists), which was made even more impressive considering the 1 hour 40 minute setlist. This show was for the fans, not bandwagoners like me. Yet despite being a Foals noob, I still had a really good time. It’s certainly not music that’s difficult to get into upon first listen, and it helped that that most of their tunes are danceable as heck. And the musicianship, damn, Foals are a tight band. Often seamlessly transitioning from one song to another, it sometimes felt like a single polished jam session. The single song I knew beforehand, about not having someone’s number (turns out it’s understandably called My Number) was a highlight for me, although there were plenty of other tunes I didn’t recognize that made the night special. The town hall is absolutely perfect for gigs like this. The reverb gifted by the great hall wrapped the sound in a warm blanket which really enhanced the sound of the band’s more atmospheric tracks. Aesthetically, there’s something pretty cool about watching a high-energy alt. rock band dressed in short sleeve Hawaiian shirts with fake ferns as stage decoration play in a 100-year-old baroque-style concert chamber. But hey, when is the town hall not subject to a clash of worlds like this these days?

The crowd was as sweaty and danced out as they could have been when the show finished. As I waited for my posse at the entrance, I happened to spy the face of my mate who’d failed to make me that playlist all those years ago. Funnily enough, that was the first thing he yelled out as an apology when he saw me. He was as sweaty and red faced as anyone else, and he was absolutely frothing the gig. Who knows how big a Foals fan I could have been by now if I’d had that proper earlier exposure? Ah, well, better start some time I guess.

- Buster Darragh Major

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I always enjoy starting the night off, dancing my heart out! And Daffodils are brilliant at getting a crow to do just that. When I found out that my mates were opening for FOALS, I got so excited for them! Playing a sold-out show at Auckland's Town Hall and opening for an international band, is no easy feat, but Daffodils deserved every minute of it.

- Madeleine Brighouse-Mayo (Images included)

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Maggie Rogers


I've seen some fantastic acts over the years, but I have never seen someone perform who is more genuine and overwhelmed by the support of the crowd. I was too far away to be sure, but I think Maggie cried a little after the crowd sang every word to the last three songs. I've heard this time and again at shows, where artists mention how amazing an NZ crowd is, and that it's like nowhere else. This show got me wondering if it is actually true.

Maggie Rogers’ ability to captivate an audience from start to finish was a performance in itself. Her energy had the crowd buzzing while her raw talent brought tears to the eyes of some. Maggie is the kind of artist that connects with your emotions as well as your ears. A special few deserve the appreciation she received at her Auckland show, but she most certainly did. “ - Tim Tolley

So during the three songs I'm allowed to shoot, I kind of ran up and down, by the end I got pretty tired then I jumped into the crowd and danced around. But man, I don't know HOW Maggie does it, she ran, pranced and leapt around and not once did she appear tired!

She did this thing that really amazed me, as I've not seen anything like it before. She brought up the subject of how hard it can be going from the highs of a show to the lows that can come afterwards, and how hard it can be so hard to cope with and manage. For her last song, Maggie asked everyone to be silent while she sang a capella, and towards the end she would slowly fade out.

Now for Stella Donnelly. Damn girl, she was funny! What a wicked sense of humour. My Welsh heritage greatly appreciated Stella mimicking her mum's Welsh accent. She seemed like such a cool person and man she could sing!

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Carb on Carb + Friends


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Before their journey to Japan, Carb on Carb spent a night at Whammy Bar playing alongside their mates.

It was Blush Juliet's debut show, and even though they commented it would be their last, I hope it won't be! Their set was very enjoyable. Looking for to their single that's coming soon.

Ana Te Kōtiro was breath taking. I couldn't keep my eyes off her. As her beautiful voice boomed, her hand was moving so quickly using her looping controller. She would loop four, five even six sample layers with not a single mistake (well, not that my ears could pick up). I came away feeling very inspired!

Being., the graceful Jasmine Balmer is always mesmerising to watch. She has a way of being (hehe), so calming while still brings forth emotions of both fierceness and bubbling joy.

Finally one of New Zealand's coolest Emo-Punk bands 'Carb on Carb' played their set. Ok, so you know how I can be a bit fangirl, it's quite embarrassing at times. But I want you to know I played it cool while asking Nicole and James to sign my records of theirs (which was so not cool). Carb on Carb is off on their first ever Japan tour. Performing their worldwide acclaimed album 'for ages', my favourite album they have released yet. Good Luck Guys, We'll See You When Your Back Home.

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Being.

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Orpheus Incarnate By CurioNoir


Tiffany Jean, the owner and creator of CurioNoir never had a face for me as a child. When mum spoke of her, I associated the name with a collection of smells. Years later I know the face and beautiful soul of Tiffany, the woman who gave me little candles and wax moulds as a child. When I think of her now, the first thing that comes to mind is the smell of my living room which has the scent of CN candle 'Feather of Tears'. For years, each room in my house has smelled of a different scent, thanks to Tiffany.

My perfume for the past two or so years has been 'Tobacco Night', and at the time it was one of only three fragrances that CN had cultivated. This month their newest perfume Orpheus Incarnate is being added to a growing family of now eight aromas.

Orpheus Incarnate, to me, smells like a fairy would, if it were to fly past and touch you on the cheek. It's subtle, light and floral, not too strong or overpowering but fresh like the ocean or the wilderness on a quiet morning.

Orpheus Incarnate draws inspiration from its historical Greek namesake, and what form the legend might take today — it embodies the darkness and musical lyricism that the God represents. To accompany this new scent is a beautiful short video.

The photos I've taken include a silk scarf designed by Miss Crabb for CN, a hand-blown CN perfume bottle with black diamond jewel by Hera saabi and an old CN fragrant bottle of 'Purotu Rose'.

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