Nau mai, haere mai ki te Weekly Music Haul. This week we look at the killer Laneway line-up, new King Krule, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Alvvays, and some exciting news from The Shins.

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Laneway 2018 full line-up announced

Laneway pulls a classic and pieces together a line-up so good you’ll be gasping for air.

We already know that Mac Demarco and Anderson .Paak are playing but some of the other best, and there are a lot, are people like Pond, Conan Mockasin, Moses Sumney, Slowdrive, The Internet, Wolf Alice, Die! Die! Die!, Billie Eilish and BADBADNOTGOOD.

The festival doesn’t really do ‘headliners’, but if they did then Father John Misty and the War on Drugs would be hard to beat.

So yeah, it’s good.

There are so many more great artists though! The full line-up as well as ticketing info can be found here.


King Krule announces The OOZ

King Krule announces his return with the upcoming The OOZ.

Dum Surfer is the first single to be released from the album, and it’s really good. It begins as many King Krule tracks do – dirty, sluggy and rude. Krule complains in his thick London accent that his enemy’s band plays “trash,” before saxophone and guitar compete against his aggressive mumbles.

The OOZ hopefully, maintains this high-quality kind of trash-talk. But we’ll all find out when it’s released on October 13.


Alvvays – Antisocialites

The new Alvvays album, brilliantly called Antisocialites, is another addition to the sweetheart-pop craft the band are now so well-known for.

In Undertow kicks things off nicely. Molly Rankin’s syrupy voice immediately welcomes us back and holds a warmth that lasts the whole album.

Stylistically, Antisocialites doesn’t drift too far from 2014’s self-titled album, but as the old saying goes: “if it ain’t broke – don’t fix it.”


The Shins announce an Auckland LEG to their tour

The great joke there is that the band is called The SHINS, and I’ve said they’re doing an Auckland LEG to their tour.

However, I don’t want that A-class pun to detract from the fact that the SHINS(!) are playing in New Zealand.

Because of the exposure they won on Garden State it’s hard to sincerely imagine a world in which somebody would be a fan of The Shins organically, but I swear with my hand on my heart, that I liked them before I had even heard of that movie.

Unfortunately the show is R18, but for those of that age, the band play on November 30th at The Powerstation.


Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest

The pop world welcomes Charlotte Gainsbourg back into the game after a long silence following the Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac sensation alongside Beck.

This time, Gainsbourg’s return sees her characteristic French house style dissipate as together with Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, they generate a seductive duo where her noted whispers equivocate from French to English in a unspecified, yet classically sexy Gainsbourg manner.

Rest pulses with the electronic beats and soft almost muted lamenting words until we are completely entranced.


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ALEX LYALL has been obsessed with music since Green Day’s American Idiot. Until then he genuinely thought it was illegal to call anybody that word. Alex studies Law at Canterbury so can confirm that actually, it is perfectly legal to do so. Anyway, here are some more of his articles:

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