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Elbow

The Mercury Prize winning band from Manchester played their first dates in New Zealand recently and Andre Upston was there recording both nights for Radio New Zealand. He also interviewed the band, whom he once travelled all the way to Brixton to see (he and his wife made the rather rash decision to buy the concert tickets before booking their travel).

Real Estate

REAL ESTATE CREDIT SHAWN BRACKBILL

Real Estate. From left: Alex Bleeker, Matt Mondanile and Martin Courtney. Photo: Shawn Brackbill

While many local bands pine for the bright lights of New York there exists a community of New Jersey acts who dream of visiting these shores. One such group from Ridgewood, toured New Zealand recently. Nick Atkinson spoke to the two guitarists in the band Real Estate; Martin Courtney and Matt Mondanile. They talked about preferred guitar amps, favourite beaches and Dunedin, a town the band were keen to play.

Boy & Bear

This Sydney band supported Elbow during their recent shows here in New Zealand. They’ve also been on the bill with Mumford & Sons and they’ve toured the UK with Laura Marling. Their label were keen enough to send them to Nashville to record their first album Moonfire, but, as Nick Atkinson found out, it wasn’t all plain sailing as the band and fiery producer Joe Chiccarelli clashed during the sessions.

Yes

Grammy Award winning, prog-rock pioneers Yes play their first show in New Zealand this week. Formed in London in 1968, they helped change the sound of UK music. 20 studio albums later, Yes founding member and bassist Chris Squire talks to Trevor Reekie about a career well into a forth decade.