Just when you thought it was safe to go to a gig again, Head Like A Hole are back and heading out on tour.
The Wellington rockers supported Aerosmith at their Dunedin show and played a scorching set - even though guitarist Nigel Regan had just been diagnosed with pleurisy and pneumonia - but they haven't been on a nationwide jaunt for two years, since the release of their last album, Blood Will Out.
The band, also made up of Booga Beazley, Michael Franklin-Brown, Andrew Ashton and new bass player Simon Nicholls, kick off the six-date Monsta X Tour, named after their latest single, at the Kings Arms in Auckland on August 8. HLAH have also been working on material for a new album to be released later this year.
For full tour dates go to facebook.com/HeadLikeAHoleNZ. Pre-sale tickets on sale from 9am-5pm, June 24, at iticket.co.nz. Public sales June 26.
Also announcing shows this week is Australian electronic whiz kid Flume, who returns in November following an appearance at this year's Laneway Festival in Auckland.
Flume's live show is about more than just the music and he will be bringing his "Infinity Prism" set-up along for the ride to create lighting and visual creations.
He plays at Auckland's Logan Campbell Centre on October 9, and the James Smith Basement, Wellington, on October 11. Tickets on sale from dashtickets.co.nz.
And also returning is Scott Kelly of post-metal band Neurosis, with his backing band, the Road Home, accompanied by arty American singer and former Swans member Jarboe who will perform her solo material and possibly a few Swans numbers. They play Bodega, Wellington, November 12 and the Kings Arms, Auckland, November 13. Tickets on sale from undertheradar.co.nz and Real Groovy.