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Michael Cera Releases Surprise Album

Hollywood funny-man Michael Cera has proved that his creative juices flow far beyond the craft of acting by releasing a surprise album of his own material via Bandcamp.Cera is best known for his roles in films Superbad and Juno, as well as the TV series Arrested Development. His Superbad...

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Britomart's XuXu Introduces New Dumpling Menu

Dumplings are a staple option for diners throughout the Auckland region. And, whether they're steamed, fried or drowned in sauce, everyone has their own style and preference. Britomart’s XuXu has jumped on the dumpling band wagon, re-imagining their menu to include multiple varieties of the delicious favourite - all with...

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Win Tickets to Chali 2na

After putting off two shows in New Zealand last April, Jurassic 5 founding member Chali 2na will return with his band the House of Vibe, but this time for four shows across the country.It’s been a busy year for the baritone rapper. Since selling out a reunion tour with harmonious...

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Win a Pair of adidas ZX Flux Shoes

When it was first released in 1989, the ZX 8000 was more than just a new shoe. Part of the pioneer ZX Family, it was a calculated step forward that captured the hearts of dedicated athletes and street-level casuals the world over. 25 years the later, the adidas ZX Flux have...

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You'll Soon Be Able to Guzzle Precious Hobbit-Themed Beer

Looks like it's time to throw An Unexpected Party; The Hobbit now has its own beer. Set to be released as a trio of microbrews, the Hobbity bottles will be available in the coming weeks, brewed to promote the next Tolkien-penned chapter of Peter Jackson's epic film series, The Hobbit:...

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Ten Times Robin Williams Opened Our Minds

O captain, my captain. There are few actors that can make your heart break and your sides hurt in one feel-fuelled moment. Perpetually twinkly-eyed, Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams had done just that for many of us, becoming a sort of surrogate dad for many of our childhoods with his high-pitched...

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Concrete Playground Chats Briefly With Team Dynamite

The three black sheep known as Team Dynamite have had one hell of a year so far. Releasing their debut album Sheppard's Delight to critical acclaim from the local scene, being hand picked for the RedBull Sound Select program, opening for Pete Rock and DJ Premier and just basically producing some...

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Finalists Announced for the 2014 Silver Scroll Awards

The top 20 New Zealand songs in line for the country’s most prestigious songwriting accolade have been announced.The APRA Silver Scroll Award celebrates the creative excellence of music released in the past year. Previous winners include Lorde with 'Royals’, Lips with ‘Everything to Me', and The Naked and Famous with ‘Young...

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Concrete Playground Meets When Life Hands Me a Skateboard

Like many of us, Millie Lambess felt hopeless reading endless negative news stories. Unlike many of us, however, Millie came up with a way to do something about it. Millie has always wanted to use her involvement in the arts scene to create positive outcomes, but struggled to find the...

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Tips and Tales from the Auckland Night Markets

Guest contributor Wilhelmina Shrimpton tells tales and tips from her recent visit to the popular Auckland Night Markets. If you have tales from the city you would like to share with us and our readers, email auckland@concreteplayground.co.nz to submit your idea, would love to hear from you.Hangover cures, casual dates, or for...

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London Artist Creates Entire Corner Shop Out of Felt

Felt butter. Felt SPAM. Felt condoms. Snuggle up to your groceries in this new, adorable installation from London artist Lisa Sparrow. Taking over a Bethnal Green cornerstore, Sparrow has stitched, stuffed and hand-priced hundreds of Coke cans, milk bottles and Men's Health magazines to stock the shelves with her latest...

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Orleans Britomart presents Pork and Pinot

Pig is good, pig is great, and although some parts of a pig are more common in your average supermarket than others – a pig can in fact be eaten from nose-to-tail.To prove the feat, Orleans Britomart has enlisted their executive chef Sam Campbell to present a ‘Nose to Tail’...

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