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Base FM are pleased to announce Skullcandy are back on board with the Base FM Gig Guide, this time saluting their newly released ‘Crusher’ headphone, proudly bringing you an up-to-date, finger-on-the-pulse guide to Auckland’s’ music culture.

Skullcandy, a high-growth, performance lifestyle audio brand has truly pioneered the advancement of audio design and performance with the all-new Crusher headphone. Out now at select retail locations around NZ!

Completely redesigned and re-engineered, the Crusher offers a unique bass sensory experience derived from “dual driver” technology.  Powered Sensation55™ drivers housed in each ear cup deliver Attacking Bass while Supreme Sound is supplied via separate custom REX40™ drivers designed exclusively by Skullcandy to fit the specs of this innovative new headphone. The proprietary Sensation55™ drivers provide more than just bass you can hear; they deliver bass you can feel.

The Crusher is designed with premium materials and is engineered to emphasize fit, comfort and durability. The headphone features a flexible headband, an amplifier and battery in the ear cup to drive the level-adjustable subwoofer, removable/replaceable cables and collapsible earcups for easy stashing with satin travel bag. The Crusher is also equipped with an auto on/off smart circuit that senses when music has stopped playing and turns off the amp automatically. This greatly improves battery life and removes the need for a power switch.

The feeling generated from this headphone replicates a live concert. The Crusher’s technologies deliver undistorted, pure sound packed in a durable design construction with a look and fit that’s unmistakably Skullcandy and a price that’s completely obtainable. You really have to feel it to believe it.

"Rather than trying to fake a bunch of bass with digital signal processing, the Crushers use an individually powered second driver to trigger a proprietary (and rather hush-hush) vibration system. Even in the sub-optimal audio testing environment that is the parking lot outside of CES, we all walked away pretty impressed." - Tech Crunch, USA.

Features include:

  • Adjustable base control slider
  • Built in Amplifier
  • Plush soft-touch ear pads
  • Auto On/Off Smart Circuit to protect battery life
  • Detachable, tangle-resistant cable
  • Sensation 55 Base extension Driver

Click here for more information about the Skullcandy Crusher.

About Skullcandy, Inc.

Skullcandy is a global designer, marketer and distributor of performance audio and gaming headphones and other accessory related products under the Skullcandy, Astro Gaming and 2XL by Skullcandy brands. Skullcandy became one of the world's most distinct audio brands by bringing colour, character and performance to an otherwise monochromatic space; helping to revolutionize the audio arena by introducing headphones, earbuds and other audio and wireless lifestyle products that possess unmistakable style and exceptional performance. The Company’s products are sold and distributed through a variety of channels in the U.S. and approximately 80 countries worldwide.

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The Crusher headphone retails for NZ $199.99 and will be available from all leading Skullcandy Retailers.


Fat Freddy’s Drop | Katchafire | The Black Seeds | Tiki Taane | Ladi6
Six60 | @Peace | Savage | Nesian Mystik | Deceptikonz
P Money vs. Dick Johnson | Sunshine Sound System | Weird Together
Optimus Gryme | Misfits of Zion | State of Mind | The Upbeats

…plus another 45 acts! | FACEBOOK

Now with an impressive 8 stages and over 60 acts Jim Beam Homegrown is set to create history. After the massive first announcement and mad rush on early bird tickets a further 25 acts have been added to a line-up that will see the most Kiwi music ever assembled in one place at one time.

On February 15th 2014 the entire Wellington waterfront will come to life with Homegrown’s most  diverse line-up to date; including award-winners, exclusive collaborations, old favourites and a wealth of rising talent. There really is something for everyone with an amazing line-up, two new stages, new layouts, more free to the public entertainment and a wider range of food, beverage and VIP options.

This year the Dub and Roots stage will open up more grass and hospitality areas to accommodate a truly epic line-up. Crowd favourites Six60, Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Black Seeds and Ladi6 will be joined by Katchafire, Sons of Zion, Sunshine Soundsystem and DJ Sir-Vere.

The Rock stage has a hard edge to it with Blacklistt fresh off their new album release alongside Devilskin, a resurgent  Head Like A Hole, Villainy and Fire at Will. There is also a classic run with The Feelers, Opshop and Gin Wigmore making her Homegrown debut.

The Red Bull Sound Lab’s line-up reads like a festival in it’s own right. Where else can you find collaborations like Tiki Taane teaming up with Jayson Norris, The Black Seed’s frontman Barnaby Weir with his Flash Harry All-star Jam; Thomas Oliver and Louis Baker with guest performances from Iva Lankum, Tiki and River Run Wild. Rock also gets a decent look-in via Jon Toogood and The Adults, Cairo Knife Fight and the raw and unrivaled power of Beastwars. DJ Redbird Jr and Red Bull 3style champion DJ Spell will hold it down throughout the day and the Decepikonz reunite to finish off the night in style with a heavy dose of hip hop.

Long before the Deceptikonz grace the stage, the neigbouring Pop and RnB stage will be heaving with a veritable feast of Aotearoa hip hop and cross-over pop. Including an exclusive reforming of Nesian Mystik for their very last show on NZ soil. Alongside P Money, Smashproof, Savage, @Peace, Swiss, Donnell &Brownhill, Awa, PNC & Pieter T, Dane Rumble, Jupiter Project and DJ Marek.

The Lipton Ice Tea Electronic stage delivers a mix of new and old with first time appearances from PleasePlease, Aroha and Misfits of Zion. Dick Johnson & P Money  team up for a much anticipated DJ battle; State of Mind ft. MC Woody, The Upbeats and Optimus Gryme with MC Tiki will lock in the hours of darkness with the best drum and bass and dubstep on offer.

A new inclusion this year is the free to the public ‘Locally Sourced’ stage in Frank Kitts Park. The impressive collection of local talent has grown to include Benny Tipene, The Digg, Paddy Fred, Jesse Sheehan, Eb and Sparrow, Phoebe Hurst, Totems and Vanessa Stacey. There are plenty of gems here and your day will be better for checking them out.

The Lagoon offers a gourmet food and hospitality hub with more free entertainment including the revamped Urban stage complete with breakdancing, graffiti art, DJ battles and also the new Buskers stage showcasing a selection of our internationally acclaimed buskers.

Jim Beam Homegrown 2014 will be huge! Every Homegrown festival has sold out and early birds have already gone at break-neck speed. Tickets are available from Don’t miss out!


Base FM neighbours Glengarry Grey Lynn (16 Williamson Ave) are celebrating their 2 YEAR anniversary! Across 3 days next week they'll be offering free tastings, BBQ and drink specials!


Splore continues its eclectic music policy by announcing the inclusion of a legendary hip hop DJ and a Ganges-inspired Indian fusion group.

DJ Shadow is bringing a meticulously curated set to Splore next February and will play the Festival’s main stage on the beach. A key figure in developing the experimental instrumental hip hop style, Shadow’s (aka Josh Davis) debut album “Endtroducing” is regarded as a classic. Over the years he has collaborated with Blackalicious, Lyrics Born, James Lavelle, Thom York (Radiohead) and Richard Ashcroft (The Verve) and is known for scouring the world’s record shops and internet for new beats and samples that lead to cutting edge, progressive sets.

The Ganges-inspired Holiwater Project will make two appearances over the Splore weekend. Composed of Indian classical artists  Vikash Maharaj and Prabhash Maharaj,  along with the UK’s Tom Bailey and local artist James Pinker, the Holiwater Project is a musical collective which inspires positive action and thought over  the world’s water issues. The music embraces classical, folk and electronica and makes a welcome return after their debut performance at Splore 2002.

Local acts make up the rest of this announcement with soul hipster, Tama Waipara, Northland reggae collective 1814, party rockers Street Chant, ukulele band The Nukes and cabaret blazers Sal Valentine and the Babyshakes. Local DJ’s added to the Splore roster are  Soane, Mr Big Stuff, The Dastardly Bounder and Steve Usher. Splore music director, John Minty, says a few more acts will be announced early November.

Strong art content has become a hallmark of the Splore experience and as the audience has come to expect there will be an innovative spectrum of work from New Zealand artists.

Out Of The Dark Collective is Angus Muir and Alexandra Healy who are fresh from Sydney’s Art & About and will bring their mesmerising work ‘Field’. Offering hundreds of new perspectives on the beautiful site of Tapapakanga, Field is not only a celebration of the place itself; it is a meditation on the nature of perspective. As an observer passes through, they will find themselves questioning what is real and what is image. More visual artists will be announced in November.

Performance is the third strand to Splore’s diverse line up. Canadian performer Billions Cobra, who Ellen Degeneres described recently as “unbelievable!”, is bringing his 30 minute show to Splore. Billions Cobra jumps through a flaming tennis racket, tames a flaming bull whip and balances a running lawnmower on his face as heads of lettuce are tossed into the blades of the powerful machine.

Another addition is Calypso nights with Juan Vesuvius which is a very hilarious musical comedy mash up nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2013 New Zealand International Comedy Festival.

Tickets are available from
Current ticket price $255 + BF
Twitter handle – Splore

Out Of The Dark Collective "Field" in Sydney's Hyde Park


Recorded Music NZ has announced the artists in the running for Tui glory at the 48th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. Shapeshifter and Aaradhna are this year’s front-runners claiming five finalist spots each, with Unknown Mortal Orchestra following closely on four. Others with multiple finalist nods include Kiwi music sensation Lorde, newcomer Jamie McDell and evergreen groups Fat Freddy’s Drop and The Phoenix Foundation – each with three spots. 

The announcements were made at Auckland's Pullman Hotel, where the winners of the 2013 Technical Awards were also revealed.
- The Tui for Best Album Cover has gone to Gina Kiel and Harry A’Court for Fat Freddy’s Drop’s ‘Blackbird’.
- The Phoenix Foundation with Lee Prebble and Brett Stanton nab two Tuis for ‘Fandango’, taking out Best Producer and Best Engineer.

The winning artists are revealed at the 48th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards at Vector Arena on November 21. Tickets are available through and cost $25 including booking fees.

Here are a few of the nominees, for a full list head to

Album of the Year

  • Aaradhna ‘Treble & Reverb’
  • Fat Freddy’s Drop ‘Blackbird’
  • Shapeshifter ‘Delta’
  • The Phoenix Foundation ‘Fandango’
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra ‘II’

Best Group

  • Fat Freddy’s Drop ‘Blackbird’
  • Shapeshifter ‘Delta’
  • The Phoenix Foundation ‘Fandango’

Best Female Solo Artist 

  • Aaradhna ‘Treble & Reverb’
  • Iva Lamkum ‘Black Eagle’
  • Jamie McDell ‘Six Strings and a Sailboat’

Best Urban/Hip Hop Album

  • @Peace ‘Girl Songs’
  • Aaradhna ‘Treble & Reverb’
  • P-Money ‘Gratitude’
Best Roots Album 
  • Fat Freddy’s Drop ‘Blackbird’
  • Latinaotearoa ‘Sonido de Latinaotearoa’
  • Soljah ‘Aotearoa’
Best Electronica Album
  • K+LAB ‘Space Dirt’
  • Shapeshifter ‘Delta’
  • Sola Rosa ‘Low and Behold, High and Beyond’



The collaboration of New York City rapper and producer ODDISEE and Wellington singer and ESTERE marks the return of Red Bull Prodigy, a project which pairs legends of the music scene with up-and-coming local talent in a 10-day takeover of the Red Bull Studio Auckland. The prodigy is guided by the mentor who helps develop their musical talent and production skills to create new music, an initiative that previously saw Watercolours’ Chelsea Jade Metcalf work under the tutelage of She’s So Rad producer Jeremy Toy.

The brand new Red Bull Studio will be buzzing on October 21, when Estere and Oddisee embark on the latest instalment of the prodigy; writing, producing and mixing new song, ready to be released. Updates will be posted on

“I had to learn a lot of things the hard way, and I wish I had somebody to help me out. So I definitely want to give back and help an artist who’s on the way up,” says Oddisee, reflecting on his early hip hop education in Washington DC. “Because I’ll be working with an artist who’s participating in the Prodigy project, that means they’re doing something right in the first place. And that thing needs to be nurtured, not controlled,” he says.

Oddisee’s achievements include his work used by ESPN during the NBA finals and in commercials, as well as his album "People Hear What They See” winning Best Hip-Hop/Rap album of 2012 by iTunes UK.

Like the multi-tasking multi-instrumentalist she’ll be mentored by, Estere likes to keeps her hands full; juggling studies in Philosophy and Anthropology while singing with funk collective Brockerflowersaurus Rex and The Blueberry Biscuits and working on her beat-driven solo material. Since being selected as the prodigy, Estere has been delving into Oddisee’s deep back catalogue.

“When I started digging into his music, I thought, ‘Wow, this guy’s amazing and there’s so much variation in his material’. It seems like he’s constantly trying new things out.Previously I recorded my solo material at home, so working with him at the Red Bull Studio will give me access to a lot more ways with which you can produce and make music. I’m really looking forward to throwing myself into this and not holding back,” says Estere.

When Oddisee returns to New Zealand, it will be to a country he has already forged links in; previously performing with @Peace and working with Ladi6. This time, Oddisee will be performing with Raiza Biza and friends in Auckland on October 25 and in Wellington on October 26. Tickets can be purchased from


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