Gig Reviews

Hats off to Ben Harper

Ben Harper performing in Rio in 2013.

The old hits came out as an older, wiser Ben Harper showed Auckland he's still got it.

Fans go ape for Monkees

The Monkees duo Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork had the audience singing and dancing along during their concert in ...

REVIEW: Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork had a five-piece touring band to back them up, but they also had the entire audience singing along.

Xmas concert pitch perfect

Members of Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra prepare for their end-of- year performance.

REVIEW: The Christmas concert at Clarence St Theatre was a winner, Sam Edwards reckons.

Crowded House encore video

Crowds sit on the steps of Sydney Opera House waiting for Crowded House.

Twenty years to the day, the band New Zealand claims as its own relive one legendary concert.

Cantando Choir kicks off Xmas season

The Cantando Choir.

REVIEW: The weather was awful, but the evening delightful, Sam Edwards says.

Review: James

The James line-up, Tim Booth at centre.

Brit-indie survivors turn the Trump rage into an electric set at the Powerstation.

Ronan Keating spreads his charm

Ronan Keating performed at Auckland's Vector Arena.

REVIEW: Despite Ronan Keating's cringeworthy dad dancing, his fans were having the time of their lives at his concert.

Schoolboy Q rises above brawl

It became pretty clear from the outset that this was the Blank Face tour.

A fight at the rapper's show turned it into a Hell of a Night for some rowdy fans. But that didn't stop the beats.

Music magic from Basement video

Jordan Luck returns to his roots with his old band mates from Basement, his first band formed in Geraldine. Support ...

Musician Jordan Luck went back to his roots with a Basement reunion in South Canterbury on Tuesday.

Verdi to make the earth shake


REVIEW: Sam Edwards is impressed by the Messa Da Requiem as performed by Bach Musica NZ and The Hamilton Civic Choir.

Laing, O'Neill and Harwood still got it

Sharon O'Neill, Shona Laing, Debbie Harwood perform in Christchurch this weekend as part of The Church Tour 2016.

REVIEW: Singing the kiwi classics, Maxine and Glad I'm not Kennedy, the trio finish their tour at Christchurch's Cardboard Cathedral.

Black Mountain hits Auckland

Canadian rockers Black Mountain are in New Zealand for the first time.

REVIEW: Canadian prog rockers play to full house at Tuning Fork.

Heavenly performance delivered at Church Tour

Sharon O'Neill, the final of the four performers to appear on stage at the The Church Tour, Hamilton.

REVIEW: Four of New Zealand's best singers and songwriters combine for The Church Tour in Hamilton.

Review: QuintEssence

James Dunham performed with the New Zealand String Quartet in New Plymouth.

"The varied tones were perfectly mimicked, right down to the breathiness: if you shut your eyes you would not believe you were listening to strings."

Rewa's finest to take national stage video

Henry Ap'e and Nicola Nimo play in a duo called Blessed.

Artists like The Broods and Kimbra once performed on this stage and now these Manurewa teenagers are gearing up to bask in the spotlight.

Orchestra offers sublime experience

071211 News Photo: supplied/ Rotorua Review Opus Orchestra

REVIEW: Opus Orchestra's Connections Series at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.

Slick and polished Jukebox

Postmodern Jukebox's singers effortlessly rotated through songs and outfits during their Wellington performance on ...

REVIEW: Postmodern Jukebox's reworking of modern songs into a range of vintage styles such as swing and jazz stirred a sellout crowd to dancing in the aisles.

'Humpty' wonderfully ludicrous

Englebert Humperdinck earned his standing ovation in Wellington on Wednesday night.

Opinion: He might look a little shambolic, but Englebert Humperdinck still has the songs, enough of the voice and most importantly the character, the charisma and the charm

Cello-only ensemble sublime

The Waikato International Cello Fest ended on Sunday.

REVIEW: Sam Edwards went along to the final in the Waikato International Cello Fest on Sunday.

Tales of a good listener

Henry Rollins has been described as a modern-day "Renaissance workaholic".

REVIEW: This was a reminder as to why Henry Rollins is the ultimate symbol of something really quite extraordinary.

Bagpipes and brass harmonise

Ben Donnelly, Angus Trail and Kylie McCluggage  will entertain the audiences with a unique harmony of bagpipes and brass ...

Father's day concert with a Celtic twist.

Cello Fest begins on perfect note

The Waikato International Cello Fest runs August 21-28, 2016

Sam Edwards finds the first note from Santiago Canon Valencia's bow on the cello was perfection.

Review: Ziggy appears in tribute

The Ultimate Bowie Tribute show is touring New Zealand.

"Imagine coming all this way to be crap."

Selena Gomez, all grown up

Selena Gomez stunned the Auckland crowd.

REVIEW: Star singer shows Vector Arena she's come a long way from 'Waverly Place'.

Album Review: The Avalanches, Wildflower

The Avalanches Wildflower album cover.

This fun album will make you forget about the miserable weather.

The Internet doesn't quite break

Syd tha Kyd's voice was great, but sometimes hard to hear at their Auckland concert.

REVIEW: But Los Angeles neo-soul band come close in Auckland concert.

Smiles aplenty as Macklemore delivers

Macklemore promised "the greatest show on earth" to Christchurch's Horncastle Arena. He just about delivered.

REVIEW: Easily able to switch between sobering subjects and snappy send-ups, Macklemore had the crowd eagerly awaiting his next move .

Passionate Sivan connects with crowd

Singer Troye Sivan brought plenty of passion and joy to Christchurch's Horncastle Arena on Thursday night.

REVIEW: Troye Sivan's Blue Neighbourhood show in Christchurch was "dreamy, hopeful, emotional and genuine".

A mixed bag from The Cure

Robert Smith serenaded a capacity crowd at Auckland's Vector Arena.

REVIEW: The Cure bring all the old hits - and a few misses - to their show at Vector Arena.

Broods' high-energy act wows

Georgia Nott worked the Christchurch crowd like a pro at Broods' concert on Thursday.

It's a disconcerting feeling walking across the tarmac to Horncastle Arena for a gig with a half empty parking lot and no line out the door.

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