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Music

March 10, 2008

WOMAD returns again to Taranaki, with a spectacular line up of acts from around the world. Last year, over 45,000 partied and boogied at the TSB Bowl and Brooklands Park, where the festival has been held since 2003.

March 3, 2008

Tuesday 12th of February, San Francisco Bathhouse with Munaf Ravani and Eluvium The excellent post-rock Texan outfit Explosions in the Sky have been a favourite of mine for years now, so when guitarist Munaf Rayani sauntered out on to the San Francisco Bathhouse balcony for a breather before the band took to the stage, I […]

March 3, 2008

Transformation: from concert cantata and sung ballet, to opera – this was the miracle achieved by Opera National de Lyon under director Francois Girard (with the help of the NZ Opera Chorus and the NZSO under Jonathan Stockhammer).

March 3, 2008

Having just got back from three months in Europe (with no way of adding songs to my iPod), my music had adopted a distinctly tired and stagnant feel. So when WOMAD 2008 was thrust into my hands to review, it couldn’t have been timed better. The refreshing compilation showcases artists performing at this year’s WOMAD […]

March 3, 2008

With Cassette, San Francisco Bathhouse Thursday 21st February Canadian indie collective Broken Social Scene’s show at the San Fran last week was all about the love. Theirs for us, ours for them, mine for them, theirs for our country (and Marilyn Waring in particular), ours for their music, theirs for their music, theirs for our […]

February 25, 2008

Tim Steers & William Page from the Lookie Loos (conducted before Bodega show, 9th February with Family Cactus and Pyramid Scheme) It’s been an exciting few months for Hamilton pop-rock four-piece the Lookie Loos. From opening for the Veils at a couple of shows in November to playing a slot on the local stage at […]

February 25, 2008

Six-piece, Wellington band, Spartacus R, returned to play the Fringe festival with “Delusions in 3D”, a surreal movie-scape extravaganza combining psychedelic/groove-heavy tracks, Quadraphonic sound and six short films – in 3D!

February 25, 2008

Perspective 1: By Christopher Gilbert It’s a soul-searching moment when you walk through the gates of Mt. Smart Stadium into yet another Big Day Out. The line-up is 80% hype, the water is more expensive than V, you get covered in dirty bogan sweat as you try to squeeze your way through the crowd, and […]

February 25, 2008

Sure, Big Day Out was hot. Literally. Hot in a sweaty, overcrowded, I-saw-two-people-vomit-from-sunstroke-y kind of way. Camp a Low Hum, however, was hot in a four-days-and-five-nights-of-wall-to-wall-music-and-dress-up-parties-in-a-serene-and-beautiful-setting-with-only-about-500-people kind of way. CALH managed to exceed every expectation I had after hearing last year’s rave reviews. AND, Tatem Park (just beyond Otaki) offered everything – camp fires, plenty […]