With the international tours drying up, it's time for local music acts to take over.
Following tour announcements last week by UMO and TimeOut cover stars Shapeshifter, this week sees separate tours by the Phoenix Foundation, the Adults, Fat Freddy's Drop, and Ladi6 (with support from Home Brew offshoot @Peace) scheduled for mid-winter, multi-date runs around the country.
The Phoenix Foundation, now on tour in Europe, kick off a six-date tour at Auckland's Powerstation on July 12 in support of their fifth album, Fandango, released in April.
Also back on the road after their stint on the Winery Tour during summer are the Adults, led by Jon Toogood. This time round, original member Shayne Carter, who is busy finishing up a solo album, is replaced by Cairo Knife Fight and AHoriBuzz guitarist Aaron Tokona, with Julia Deans and percussionist Steven Bremner rounding out the line-up.
"The last time I played with Aaron was in an AC/DC covers band for a friend's birthday," says Toogood. "I thought I was an okay guitar player. He made me feel like a crap guitar player."
Following the tour, which starts in Masterton on June 27 and includes a show at Auckland's Powerstation on June 29, the Adults head into the studio to record a follow-up to their 2011 self-titled debut. For full tour dates and tickets, go to muchmoremusic.co.nz.
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Meanwhile, Ladi6 and @Peace head off on the longest tour of the lot, taking in 11 dates starting in Invercargil on June 28 and including shows at The Ballroom in Whangarei on July 12 and the Powerstation on July 13. The tour will be a chance to hear new tracks from Ladi6's upcoming album and follow-up to 2010's The Liberation of ... . The new, as-yet-untitled album, was recorded in big bad Detroit in the United States as well as at Revolver Studios in little old Waiuku.
For full tour dates and more info, go to muchmoremusic.co.nz.
And lastly Fat Freddy's Drop release their latest album, Blackbird, on June 21 and will play the Powerstation on September 13 and the Opera House in Wellington on September 20.