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Arts

July 28, 2008

NZSO, Michael Fowler Centre, 5 July Vector Wellington Orchestra, Wellington Town Hall, 12 July Soviet stooge or secret subversive? Opinions of Shostakovich in the West have changed radically in the last few decades. The complex reality is probably somewhere in between, but given the testimony of informed observers such as Kurt Sanderling, and the existence […]

July 28, 2008

Improv is a wonderful opportunity to sit and appreciate the bizarre things the human mind creates, that no one would ever tell anyone- except they are up on a stage and people are watching- so they have to do something!

July 28, 2008

As they’ve swung from album to album Weezer have managed to evoke an entire repertoire of despairing knee-jerk reactions from their fans. From ‘this isn’t like their last album’ to ‘what the fuck were they thinking!?’ to ‘who are these yokels and how can I get them to stop aurally molesting me?’

July 28, 2008

Te Papa presents one of New Zealand’s most significant artists Rita Angus which opened on 5 July. If you like modernism and New Zealand’s take on it then this show is for you, with almost 200 of Angus’ works ranging from her most iconic ones to sketchbooks, studies and a number of unfinished works.

July 14, 2008

“I have a picture of Jim Hickey and Jason Gunn on my bedroom wall.“ He is a man whose sarcastic wit and dashing good looks have invaded the airwaves and our girlfriends’ imaginations for over half a decade now, and he freaked us out at the Freaky Re- Orientation Disco last Friday at Sandwiches (in […]

July 14, 2008

I was going to be able to review some new kick arse party pumping wii game for you folks this week. But I can’t. Hitech, the main distributer of Nintendo products in New Zealand went into receivership, and subsequently the Salient office lost of its drip feed of Nintendo goodies. Fucking bummer.

July 14, 2008

I will admit that my experiences with homosexuality aren’t many. Apart from watching the more bizarre documentaries on Animal Planet and staring with an unusual fixation at Grayson Gilmour crooning at the piano, I consider myself pretty straight and narrow.

July 14, 2008

A Sense of Purpose contains some very good tracks, but for anyone still hoping In Flames will return to their mid-90s melodic death metal heyday, this album will be the final nail in the coffin. Their last offering Come Clarity was enormous, mixing the best elements of guitar-heavy classics like Whoracle with Anders Friden’s new-found […]

July 14, 2008

Logan Campbell Centre 26 June What a night, and what a show. Between seeing The Mars Volta’s best New Zealand performance to date (and trust me, I’ve been to every one) and ending up in the sax player’s hotel room, that night will go down as one of my best.