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Fri 5 Sep 2008, 9:00pm–2:00am

Where: Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Avenue, CBD, Auckland

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Listed by: Elephant Publicity

September 5 marks the final show of 2008 for indie-rock starlets Calamity Jam as members venture of into the world to do their own things. By no means is this a break up, but still one of Auckland's favourite sons and daughter will be missed for the rest of the year.

Having released their debut EP, "Make Your Mind Up", the band have generated an incredible buzz with their fusion of White Stripes style blues rock with the furore of the British Post-Punk Revival scene with such bands as Arctic Monkeys and The Libertines thrown into the mix. Having impressed many during this year's bFM "Fancy New Bands" and amassing a very strong following, 2009 looks to be a clinical year for the three piece and one to further propel them into the Auckland music scene.

Accompanying them as very special guests, after a reckless, punk set at this year's Alex Manford Invitational, are the incomparable The Bengal Lights. Cutting lyrics, raw guitar sound and a attitude that could put the old Riot Grrrl scene to shame, their almost pin point observations of the 'scene' are as relevant now as they were upon their smash-and-grab debut in 2006.

Definite is a name many hip hop fans from New Zealand should know. When the rapper formed a live band to accompany his and Bling's live sets, few would imagine it would evolve into something else. Hangman are one of Auckland's best kept secrets showcasing that funk-rock isn't dead and their debut single "Break" a fitting example of how good the 'sound' is without bastardisation.

Finally, current hot properties and zeitgeists of the early/mid 90's 'alternative rock' movement Sherpa hit The Basement once more. Imagine coming home from school, flicking on Max TV and having Toni announce the band's video after playing a Juliana Hatfield/Mudhoney back to back, and you can imagine the power-pop fused sound the young three piece bring.

Only $10 and promising to be a raucous night of loud music, no pretension and debauched drinking, The Basement presents what will be a fitting goodbye for Calamity Jam's spectacular year.

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