NZ Music Month: No more excuses

A garage sale will be held at None Gallery, on Stafford St. Photos: Supplied
A garage sale will be held at None Gallery, on Stafford St. Photos: Supplied
It's New Zealand Music Month! The month for celebrating the underground artists and venues who willingly provide us with so many good times ... So if you've ever needed an excuse to go see some live local music, you've got one. And as usual there's plenty to see.

SATURDAY, MAY 11

Garage sale at None Gallery, 2pm

Long running artist residence/venue None Gallery is closing its doors to be turned into a ``positive cashflow opportunity'', so someone can buy a third holiday home in the Maldives. The residents are selling the bits and pieces left by the many creative occupants over the years and putting the money towards cleaning/vacating the building. Bring cash and score a piece of history.

Balu Brigada are playing Starters Bar later in the month.
Balu Brigada are playing Starters Bar later in the month.
Palmah's Belter for the Shelter, 5pm at a secret location

A huge gig featuring the next wave of musical talent, including the groovy hip-hop psych-rock vibes of Jack Berry Band, Mia Jay's acoustic singer songwriter talents, James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem) and much more. It's to celebrate 150 years of Otago University, and simultaneously raise money for the Dunedin night shelter. What more could you ask for?

The Rothmans, Sugarcoated Bullets, Saurian, Crown Hotel 9pm, $10

A classic Crown Hotel gig featuring punk from Sugarcoated Bullets, and metal from Saurian. Rumour has it this will be one of your last chances to see The Rothmans live in Dunedin as most of them are heading overseas.

TOMORROW (SUNDAY, MAY 12) 

Mentalist Collective at the Dunedin Folk Club (Simon Farewell). $10 members, $15 non-members

Coincidentally, long running acoustic folk group The Mentalist Collective are also losing a member to the temptations of the wider world, so this will be your last chance to hear them in this configuration for a very long time. Expect excellent vibes and good times.

Palmah's Belter for Shelter gig at a secret location.
Palmah's Belter for Shelter gig at a secret location.
FRIDAY, MAY 17

Kingsland and EgoValve with Piss Goblin and Black Boy Peaches, The Cook, $5.

Kingsland are from Auckland and EgoValve are from Wellington and they're touring the country together. Expect indie-rock with a welcome injection of down-and-dirty blues, cold beer and blazing hot tunes.

Jenny Mitchell at the Dunedin Folk Club.
Jenny Mitchell at the Dunedin Folk Club.
SATURDAY, MAY 18

Repulsive Woman (and band) single release, St Paul's Cathedral crypt with Lucy Hunter, 7pm, tickets $13 from undertheradar.co.nz

Local singer, writer and academic Millie Lovelock AKA Repulsive Woman is back from the recently defunct Red Bull Music Academy with new songs to share ... In the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral. And with a whole new band. Should be awesome.

SUNDAY, MAY 19

Jenny Mitchell, Dunedin Folk Club, 7.30pm, $10 members, $15 non-members

Up and coming Dunedin country/folk singer songwriter Jenny Mitchell is embarking on a massive national tour starting at the folk club. Expect wit and melancholy and great sounds.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22

NZ Music Month Concert II at Marama Hall, University of Otago, 1-2pm, $3 students/$7 non-students

A rare opportunity to see what the School of Performing Arts staff and students have been up to.

THURSDAY, MAY 23

Exploring our musical worlds at Hocken, 1pm-2pm, free

Four lectures from University of Otago post-graduate students on a variety of topics from music education methods to music history. It's less listening to music and more thinking about music, but that can be just as exciting and stimulating.

Repulsive Woman in the St Paul's Cathedral crypt.
Repulsive Woman in the St Paul's Cathedral crypt.
FRIDAY, MAY 31

Music Month finale, Dunedin Public Library, 5.30pm, free

Before the Snooze and friends will be belting out rock bangers to get you in the mood for wherever the evening takes you.

Balu Brigada, Starters Bar, $10

If you prefer to end the month with a bang, Starters Bar will provide. Balu Brigada is an Auckland-based group whose music is a little bit of hip-hop, a little bit of alternative rock and big energy.

For more from Fraser Thompson go to dunedinsound.com.

 

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