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Two NZ shows confirmed for “Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500

Two NZ shows confirmed for “Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500”

Dean Wareham brings the songs of seminal US indie band Galaxie 500 to New Zealand in October for concerts in Auckland and Wellington, proudly presented by 95bFM, UnderTheRadar and

Following the re-release of Galaxie 500’s three classic albums on Domino Records last year, the Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500 tour hits Australia and New Zealand – featuring Wareham, his wife Britta Phillips (Luna, Belltower), and drummer Anthony Lamarca.

The three-piece band will play the following two NZ dates:

• Friday October 14: Bodega, Wellington, (with the DeSotos)
• Thursday October 20: Kings Arms, Auckland, (with the Stereo Bus, and the DeSotos).

Tickets are available from 9am Thursday September 8th, from, Real Groovy and Slow Boat Records.

Dean Wareham was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1963 and lived in Wellington and in Sydney, Australia, before moving to New York City in 1977.

Galaxie 500, formed in Boston in 1986 and recorded three studio albums -- Today, On Fire and This Is Our Music -- for Rough Trade. They met with much acclaim in their short time together but dissolved in 1991.

Post Galaxie 500, Wareham formed Luna, recording seven studio albums (including Penthouse) for Elektra and Beggar’s Banquet between 1992 and 2004. Luna’s Penthouse was cited by Rolling Stone as one of the hundred best albums of the nineties.

He now records as one half of Dean & Britta. Their latest project, 13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, is a multi-media collaboration commissioned by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Dean & Britta performed the Andy Warhol Screen Test show at Wellington’s Town Hall in 2010 -- as part of the NZ Festival of the Arts.

Wareham’s has also written a memoir of his time in indie rock and elsewhere – Black Postcards – which is now a Penguin paperback.

“Galaxie 500 became bona fide treasures of indie rock.” – Mojo

“Galaxie 500 purred while others shouted.” – Chris Roberts

“One of the era’s best bands” – Byron Coley

“When new bands play guitar music heavy on reverb and slow in tempo-- a combination that drapes tunes in a sublimely druggy dream-pop haze-- I can be slow to embrace them. It's not that there isn't plenty of good music in this vein being made. It's that one band, 20 years ago, did this sound so well and with so much personality, they set a difficult standard for newcomers to meet.” – Pitchfork, 2010


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