New Music Friday: 13th Floor New Album Picks: July 28, 2023


New Music Friday rears its ugly head once again! Sure, there’s a new Post Malone and Joni Mitchell release (not together), but what else deserves your attention? Read on…

The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda has chosen these five new album as worthy of your consideration, beginning with a couple of Kiwi artists.

  1. Lucy MunroLucy Munro – Lost In Imperfections. Our gal from Christchurch, Lucy Munro, releases her debut album and we like it. Lucy performed here at the 13th Floor a couple of weeks ago after being stiffed my an unscrupulous venue. Now, her new album is out and we think you should check it out. Click here to see photos from her Auckland show and a review to go with it.

2.The Larry Normans The Larry Normans Dirty Livin’ After 13 years, they are back and here’s what they have to say: Original members guitarist Andrew Ashton, and drummer Paul ‘Bubs’ Stephenson, recruited singer Nathan Rea and bassist Jonathan Bowen to instill some high voltage, unbridled rock n’ roll back into their lives once again.

3. SUSTOSUSTOMy Entire Life (New West) The 5th album from Justin Osborne and co. “I want people to come see us bring this record to life when we go on the road,” Osborne says. “I’m excited for people to experience the magic felt within our live performance.”

4.Phoebe Hunt Phoebe HuntNothing Else Matters (Popped Corn/Thirty Tigers) After years of writing, recording, and touring as a band member and bandleader, Phoebe Hunt’s latest recording finds her as a woman standing alone, just her voice and her fiddle. In that empty space left behind, Nothing Else Matters is an album that asks many questions, the most central being, “Is this enough? Am I enough?”

5. DexysDexysThe Feminine Divine (100% Records) as in Dexys Midnight Runners. Here’s the lowdown: “After taking some time out to refocus his energy, Kevin Rowland came back to music with a fresh perspective and new-found positivity,” the band’s press material states. “A personal, if not strictly autobiographical, record portraying a man whose views have evolved over time. Not just on women, but the whole concept of masculinity he had been raised with.”


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