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By Martyn• 19 Apr 2016
Layzie Bone (of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) solo tour
Friday 22 April
While Cleveland-based melodic rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony have had an ongoing relationship with New Zealand since the 90s, key member Layzie Bone has never taken part in a solo tour through our country before. This month that is all set to change however, as he passes though Wellington as part of a national tour. Outside of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Layzie Bone has promoted the indie label Mo Thugs Records, released solo albums and collaborated with the likes of Young Noble from The Outlawz and A.K. of Do or Die, Bizzy Bone and established Harmony Howse Entertainment. With his new album 'Perfect Timing' out now, he'll be bringing a mixture of Bone Thugs classics and new material to the stage at Bodega. Presales available via Dash Tickets here. More on the door.
Beastwars - Death of All Things Release Tour
Friday 22 April
Since 2011, Beastwars' sludgy sound has positioned them as one of the most powerful and engaging metal bands in the country. Along the way, the hefty quartet have released several critically acclaimed albums, performed to devoted audiences across the country, and caught the ears of all the right people overseas. On April 22, they will release 'The Death of All Things', the final chapter in their post-apocalyptic trilogy. Released worldwide by Destroy Records, it catches them at the height of their guitar-driven powers. That night they play live in Wellington with support from The Shocking And Stunning. For heavy music fans, it will be an essential evening. Presale tickets are available via Under The Radar here. More on the door.
Orchestra of Spheres (tour fundraiser) + Hex/AudioTears
Saturday 23 April
Over the last few years, Wellington ensemble Orchestra of Spheres have established themselves as one of the most interesting and engaging live bands in the country. Making use of homemade instruments, elaborate light-up costumes and impressive staging and projections, their music traces a line around space jazz, indie folk, contemporary African dance music and garage rock, in the process arriving in an ancient future funk location all their own. They're off on a European tour soon, so have decided to throw a fundraising party in Wellington at Meow on Saturday. On the night, Orchestra of Spheres will be joined by Rave-Hacker duo AudioTears and heavy folk-punk trio Hex. $10 on the door.
Carter, Morley & Yeats
Friday 29 April
The incendiary trio of Shayne Carter, Michael Morley and Robbie Yeats have been blowing minds over the last two years with their rare performances. First formed to play an impromptu set at a friends wedding, the band has recently played a bunch of gigs in Dunedin and were a highlight at the 2014 Nowhere! Festival in Auckland. On Friday 29 April, they're bringing their sound and combined experience from playing in Straightjacket Fits, Dimmer, The Dead C, The Verlaines and Gate to Moon in Newtown. For fans of noise rock and experimental music, this will be one of the most essential local shows of the year. Presale tickets available via Under The Radar here. More on the door.