Shifting Sands take Gorgeous Guitar Pop to US

Dunedin psychedelic pop trio The Shifting Sands were encouraged to tour the United States by a big fan, American singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten.

Etten said: “I fell in love with The Shifting Sands music a while back, and while on tour in New Zealand last year, I met the band members who ran a venue called Chick’s Hotel in Dunedin (RIP). We became fast friends and stayed in touch.”

The Shifting Sands released their second album, Cosmic Radio last year. It is a record of “gorgeous guitar pop” according to Brooklyn Vegan, “that owes some to Dunedin’s indie rock heritage – The Clean’s David Kilgour plays guitar on the album – but forges its own path.”

The Shifting Sands tour has two stops in New York City: 13 October at Rough Trade for the Aquarium Drunkard showcase with Omni, Muuy Biien, EZTV and Golden Daze and then at Elvis Guesthouse on 14 October.

Original article by Bill Pearis, Brooklyn Vegan, September 29, 2016.

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Meet Theia Our New Alt-Pop Artist on the Rise

Meet Theia Our New Alt-Pop Artist on the Rise

After Lorde and Kimbra conquered the world music scene, there is another New Zealander who’s making waves, according to Manila Times correspondent, Mark Bonifacio. Introducing Christchurch-born, Theia (real name Em-Haley Walker).