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11/04/11

I’ve been a fan of this Olympia, Washington-based indie-pop big band since I saw them play live in the States in 2008. This is their latest outing, following Oh, The Places We’ll Go. Places is a good development from their first album, the self titled Lake, which seemed so quiet as to barely be there, [...]

04/04/11

Johnny Flynn is the compatriot and colleague of the significantly more famous folk princess Laura Marling. There’s a lot of similarities between Marling and Flynn; they’re both blessed with beautiful full voices and they both make good use of an English folk tradition that maybe hasn’t seen its full due in indie music. And they [...]

28/03/11

We live in modern times. Most people in New Zealand do not go to a church; if you live in Wellington rather than Takaka, you’re most likely to think of your neighbours as the people that steal your recycling bin rather than people you care about or rely on. But on Saturday, the last event [...]

07/03/11

Dear Conor, So, I heard this is the last Bright Eyes album. I’m just writing to let you know that I feel I’ve often supported you when others have pushed you down. They say you’re whiney and emotional, maybe a bit annoying. I don’t think they’re wrong. I just think that you’re really good at [...]

28/02/11

Hasn’t it been warm lately? If it is so warm, why are there mice in my house? Any sensible mouse would be reclining in a sun lounger on a purpose-built island in the lagoon in Frank Kitts Park, or floating on an airbed atop the fountain in Oriental Bay. At any location, I imagine this [...]

28/02/11

Compatriots of oft-returning folk-pop darlings Polka Dot Dot Dot, The Ocean Floor are, like, mega-folk. Or something. They’ve flung their instrumentation so far from the standard rock two-guitar-drums-bass line up that it can’t even be seen anymore, playing in NZ as a quartet with clarinet, upright bass, guitar and violin with vocals. They take their [...]

28/02/11

Music and love go together like warm weather and barbecue charcoal shortages. So we asked a few people which love song they like the best… ‘Take Ecstasy With Me’ by the Magnetic Fields from the album Holiday evokes many levels of swoon. The layers of percussion and synth swallow you up, and the lyrics about [...]

21/02/11

Hey young person! Welcome to Wellington. I hope that you are already enthused about the live music possibilities that await you in this fair city. Here are some of the key venues and informational tidbits that will help you on your way to taking the scene by storm. If you care at all about what [...]

12/10/09

I was really excited about seeing 500 Days of Summer. You see, I’m in love with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, most recognisible as the cute kid from 3rd Rock From the Sun and 10 Things I Hate About You, but brilliant in Mysterious Skin and Brick. Unfortunately, 500 Days didn’t match up to the other challenging films [...]