Deerhunter | Beach House | Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti | Foals | Yeasayer| !!! | Blonde Redhead | Lawrence Arabia | Holy Fuck | Warpaint | Ladyhawke| Children’s Hour | An Emerald City

 Monday, 31 January, 2011
Aotea Square, Auckland

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Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

A group centred around one of the most radical songwriters of the moment, who exudes exactly the uninhibited creativity that music produced in this age should, Ariel Marcus Rosenberg Pink and crew have released one of my favourite albums of the year. And by that I mean I’ve been playing it at least a few times a week ever since I first heard it. Pink’s crazy genius sees him merge ’70s-swathed psychedelia with new wave nostalgia, ’80s stadium rock and what you may recognise as a sort of quasi-easy listening, but this diversity of styles captures a freedom to navigate what some consider to be taboo styles with a sense of sheer fun. You can relax and you can party to Ariel Pink. There will most definitely be some confused head-scratching when this band takes the stage at Laneway, but I can guarantee there will be some, like me, who will be struggling to contain the excitement. -Sarah

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti- Myspace




Having received rave reviews from Dazed and Confused, NME, The New York Times and The Guardian, Warpaint now bring their eclectic post-punk style to New Zealand for the first time. With comparisons to Cat Power, Sonic Youth and CocoRosie scribbled next to their name, the four LA girls roll between bristly folk music and grinding punk rock, tucking themselves delicately into twee baskets and grimy gutters. -Nick

Warpaint- Myspace


Beach House


Teen Dream is one of the best albums of 2010, it’s even better than Beach House’s widely acclaimed 2008 album Devotion (voted #18 on our EMJ Best of 2008 list) and their 2006 self-titled debut. They gave us Devotion live in 2008 alongside Japanese artist Noriko and now they’re bringing Teen Dream to Laneway. Victoria Legrand’s voice is a thing of beauty and her charismatic stage presence brings Beach House’s often sleepy songs to life. Expect her to lead the show while her band mate Alex Scally shyly sits in the background noodling away on his guitar. -Nick

Beach House- Myspace




!!! (or Chk Chk Chk) are as fun and fiery as they are phonetic. Their whole live show is one big coalescence of intense, unbridled fun and energy, and the most righteous of funky bass. When we interviewed frontman Nic Offer on the eve of !!!’s Auckland show in 2008 he talked as excitedly about politics as he did about his desire to party. Conscientious intelligence and lively, animated dance punk sums up the !!! live experience to a tee. Their warped, hypnotic music has lately taken a turn for the more clear-headed and fresh-faced funk, but is eternally in an enraptured spirit, and you can be sure they wont stop the party until their slot is up. -Sarah

!!!- Myspace


Blonde Redhead


Their new album Penny Sparkle has hardly had time to grace our ears, but by the time they play Laneway it will have had the entire summer to spread itself upon us. Like Warpaint, Blonde Redhead will bring a lovable haziness to the festival, with their sparkly, part shoegaze/ part indie pop sound. Singer Kazu Makino’s voice is the centrepiece, while brothers Amedeo and Simone Pace adapt their jazz influence to drums, electronics, guitar and bass. -Nick

 Blonde Redhead- Myspace




The British band has gained respect for their delicately detailed and brilliantly punchy dance punk anthems such as ‘Olympic Airways’ and ‘Cassius’. With sophomore album Total Life Forever they’ve gained more of a wistful maturity to their sprightly songs, and with Yannis Philippakis’ gentle crow still very much a focal point they seem to have even more of an accomplished voice now. The dark edge to their music has always lent a curiosity to their otherwise relatively straight-forward songs. With a technical efficiency that stems from the members’ previous math rock dalliance, Foals’ ability to goad emotion out of strikingly simple yet detailed pop songs is sure to be executed in style at Laneway. -Sarah

Foals- Myspace

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