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This Week In Wellington: 20/05/2015 - 24/05/2015

By Martyn 19 May 2015


This week in Wellington, fans of folk, soul, psyche, beats, tropical pop and rap are in luck. Below we present you the Cliffs Notes on four nights of entertainment.

On Wednesday the 20th of May, Felix, III, Groozy and Legalo perform live at Meow in the Edward Street Precinct.

In celebration of New Zealand Music Month, Meow is hosting a performance from three emerging local live acts, soulful folk singer/guitarist Felix, III (accompanied by his band), psychedelic jazz-rock band Groozy, and singer/songwriter Legalo. If you're looking for a ground-floor introduction into the new/emerging sounds of live music in the capital, Wednesday night could be well worth checking out. In particular I'm really enjoying Felix, III's astute lyricism and bedsit energy.

$10 doorsales. 9pm start.

On Thursday the 21st of May, Eglo Records artist Flako (London) performs at Bodega with support from DJ AZBO (AK) and Jay Knight (YGB).

Since 2007 Dario Rojo Guerra has interlaced soulful melody and off-the-grid beats as Flako. Originally motivated by a deep love of instrumental hip hop, his early MPC sketches were built from a warm, organic aesthetic. Driven by Latin percussion, his soundworld was reflective of his German-Chilean heritage. Over the past few years Flako has focused on expanding his sound. No longer concerned with instrumental hip hop and sample-based production, his approach now sees him combine live instrumentation, synthesizers and his own voice into more detailed and intricate compositions.

Presale tickets available via Under The Radar. More on the door. 9pm start.

On Friday the 22nd of May, acclaimed Auckland songwriter SJD and his band perform a free live in-store at Slowboat Records on Cuba Street.

SJD is the alias of Auckland-based musician Sean James Donnelly.  Since his first self-released album 3 SJD has unleashed six incredible albums for the Round Trip Mars label. Amongst those, Lost Soul Music introduced a wider audience to Sean's unique vision with songs like 'Tree People' and 'A Boy', while Southern Lights picked up two Tuis in the 2005 NZ Music Awards and included 'Superman', 'You're Crying' and the much licensed, The Clean sampling 'From A To B Or Not To Be'. Subsequent album Songs From A Dictaphone, Dayglo Spectres and Elastic Wasteland further solidified Sean's impeccable reputation. His new album Saint John Divine is no variation from the script either, it's a cycle of stunning chamber pop-rock songs that ripple with rewarding replay value.

5:30pm start. Free entry. Copies of SJD's new album Saint John Divine will be on sale. If you ask nicely you'll be able to get it signed as well.

On Saturday the 23rd of May, Red Bull Sound Select brings High Hoops, Spycc, Laptop Speakers and Boycrush from Auckland to perform for the capital at Havana Bar alongside DJ Connor Nestor and Paddy Fred.

Back from a recent stint in Los Angeles, Auckland DJ and event promoter Connor Nestor is at the helm for this round of Red Bull Sound Select, curating together a line-up of live electronic music performers, DJs, vocalists, and rappers (I mean rapper, word up Spycc) who mostly draw on warm colourful aesthetics and sometimes 90s nostalgia in their music. In Connor's words, "“It's going to be groovy in the best sense of the word, like a 70s club experience. People shouldn't be able to stand still. If you can imagine every individuals funnest night out combined together like a 100-cheese pizza and then served at these shows, that's sort of what it'll be like. Funky."

Entry is free if you RSVP via Red Bull Sound Select. $15 on the door. 9pm start.

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