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Ashei - Shaken Out of Boredom
Newly-minted Christchurch rock act Ashei released a strikingly confident three-song taster back in 2008, the strong vocals of Liam Muir and Emma Cameron, backed by sharp musicianship, promising much for the future. University studies and earthquakes have seemingly got in the way since, but that future has now arrived, in the shape of a punchy five-track EP curtly entitled ‘Music is Boring’. Gary Farrow found the four Ashei members gathered around a coffee table in Avondale.

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We've invited some folk known for their keen-eyed music industry observations to comment on events and trends in the biz, both here at home and abroad.
Gigs on a plane
NZM Newswire: Gigs on a plane
Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic will stage mini concerts on its new domestic airline Little Red from September.
US album sales hit historic lows
NZM Newswire: US album sales hit historic lows
Album sales in the US hit historic lows over the last five weeks, with information and sales tracking system SoundScan recording the longest consecutive stretch in its history without scanning more than 5 million units.
Ignore Labels If You Want To Get Signed
Mr Observation: Ignore Labels If You Want To Get Signed
New York based talent manager and independent artist consultant Ethan Schiff has published an interested post over at his blog schiffblog.com offering an alternative solution for bands keen to attract a label.
Making Cents via streaming services
Mr Observation: Making Cents via streaming services
Damon Krukowski of American rock band Galaxie 500 breaks down the meager royalties currently being paid out to bands by streaming services and explains what the music business' headlong quest for capital means for artists today. The following is a short e
 
 
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Jun/Jul 2014
Jun/Jul 2014
In this issue:
York Street, Vorn, Indi, Ashei, Ny Oh, Glass Owls, Suren Unka, Eli Driftwood, Ha The Unclear, Aldous Harding, French For Rabbits, Mark de Clive-Lowe and more..
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