Invercargill-born songstress Helen Henderson has recorded in London, LA, Nashville and Muscle Shoals. For this Saturday evening she and seven other musicians were perched one the tiny stage at Ponsonby’s Café One2One, playing and singing the songs that comprise her nearly-40-year career. Continue reading
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Goodshirt member Gareth Thomas introduced his new solo album, Fizzy Milk, to an enthusiastic crowd at Auckland’s Whammy Bar this Friday night.
Helping out Gareth was Fazerdaze frontwoman Amelia Murray, who played electric guitar and Jonathan Burgess (bass) and drummer Scott Mason, all of whom played on the album. Continue reading
It was a dark and stormy night…but that didn’t keep the music lovers away from Auckland’s Tuning Fork as Joshua Hedley and Willie Watson each brought their distinctive takes on what can loosely be called Americana to New Zealand. Continue reading
Oyawa, an up and coming band who has been making waves on indie radio with their new song, Heads On Fire, graced Whammy Bar’s dimly lit basement of a venue with their unique brand of alternative rock. Continue reading
It’s a joke in itself when a band becomes as big as those who they parody, but that is exactly what has happened to Glam Metal rockers Steel Panther who were so convincing during their performance at The Powerstation last night, it was 1981 all over again. Continue reading
It was time to rock the oldies at a rare matinee show at Auckland’s Civic Theatre as Lulu and Leo Sayer joined forces to deliver the hits.
Rather than one performer server as the opening act and the other the headliner, Lulu and Leo Sayer took the more egalitarian approach with both artists performing together and solo during the two sets. Continue reading
The 13th Floor’s Kate Powell goes over to the dark side…
One of the things that pisses me off about music journalism is when the writer in question pretends to intimately know subgenres. It makes their writing hollow and trite, whilst completely disrespecting the music in question. So I will prefix this review by saying that I do not actively listen to extreme metal, and what limited knowledge I have of the genre arises purely from some kind acquaintances within the scene. Continue reading
Two blasts from the past hit Auckland’s Kings Arms on this Sunday evening…Swervedriver and Fur Patrol back together again.
Poppy Tohill stopped in to The Kings Arms last night to check out the action…
Anticipation grew as an eager crowd patiently waited to be among the first to sneak a preview of Violet Highway’s latest music video for single Desire, at the band’s special screening party last night and I’ll say it, I was impressed.
R&B singer, actress and model Brandy has made a concerted effort to reinvigorate her musical career. Her latest single, Beggin’ & Pleadin’ is a good start. Now she’s on the road, opening her Slayana World Tour at Auckland’s Civic Theatre…her first show down under.
Former Fiery Furnace Eleanor Friedberger shared the stage at Auckland’s Whammy Bar with local-gal-made-good Aldous Harding. Both women giving the Tuesday night crowd a good reason for venturing out into the cold.
The hottest ticket in town may have been the All Blacks v Wales match at Eden Park, but Neck Of The Woods was easily the hottest venue in Auckland as Aaradhna and her band previewed songs from her highly-anticipated new album.
The chap in the Big Country T-shirt stretched across his middle-aged belly told me he’d bought it at a concert at Wembley Arena, some time — it was an awfully long time ago; he didn’t remember exactly when — in the 1980s. There was a time when Big Country were a significant presence in British music, their sound revolving around the twin hubs of Stuart Adamson’s howl of a voice and the guitar interplay of Adamson and Bruce Watson, heavily processed to resemble the bagpipes of the Scotland to which neither man was native. But while that time has passed, neither the loyalty of the band’s fans nor Big Country’s ability to delight them has waned.
Borderline Festival at the Whammy and Wine Cellar has almost a gallery-like quality. Attendees drift quietly between dark rooms and hallways, with almost a reverent respect for the artists playing their sets. The musical spectrum is broad, and curated with such a deft ear that it’s surprising after six years Borderline Festival hasn’t received more acclaim, despite licensing troubles.
Yoko-Zuna celebrated the release of their new EP, Luminols, with a show at Auckland’s Kings Arms.