Gig Reviews

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.

Choir's pleasing surprises

Hamilton Civic Choir musical director Tim Carpenter.

REVIEW: Music glorious, once it finally got started.

Review: Bullshot Crummond a hilarious romp

Janelle Javier and Mike Williams make up some of the "hard working" cast.

Review: Bullshot Crummond is a hilarious romp.

Review: Rachmaninov Vespers

Bach Musica NZ

Classical a capella delivery at its orchestral best.

Astounding voice creates special evening

Lisa Fischer showed why she "could sing the phonebook" during Sunday night's concert in Wellington.

REVIEW: 20 Feet From Stardom star was warm and enthusiastic in her love of and for the music, the band and the audience.

Dynamic quartet impresses

Ramsey Lewis, a self-confessed romanticist, took sensitive lyrical piano playing to another level during Thursday ...

REVIEW: Four world-class musicians and 105 minutes of non-stop music proved to be a winning formula.

Review: Cat Power show 'a shame'

"Cat Power shows are an idiosyncratic and often uncomfortable affair."

Strange stage banter results in an awkward, sad and ultimately disappointing show.

Review: Max Stewart Q.S.M. Memorial Concert

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World cup Anthem singing auditions held at the Hamilton Girls High ...

Performers come together for unique performance.

Listening Post

The Sunday Star-Times weekly wrap of new music.

Maiden bowl Christchurch over

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson wears an All Blacks jersey while performing at Christchurch's Horncastle Arena on ...

Iron Maiden throw out the charm - and theatrics - for an eager Christchurch crowd.

NZSO concert one of beauty , intensity and poignance

Madeleine Pierard performed in the Anzac concert at the Michael Fowler Centre.

This remembrance of Anzac concert might not have been very long, and it might not have been very well attended.

Review: Judith Durham in Hamilton

Judith Durham, performed in Hamilton, at the Claudelands Events Centre.

REVIEW: Judith Durham, This will be our last goodbye, Though the carnival is over, I will love you til I die.

Review: NZSO performs Lilburn, Brahms and Beethoven

NZSO's new musical director and conductor Edo de Waart.

This concert was a continuation of Edo de Waart's calling card, a programme of standard works at the heart of the orchestral repertoire.

Celebrating the spirit of Bowie

Eddie Rayner for "Bowie: Waiting in the Sky"

REVIEW: A tribute to David Bowie. All the hits, or as many as two sets and an encore allowed.

A celebration for the faithful

The Stranglers have always loosely been pigeonholed as punk, but they see themselves as closer to pub rock.

REVIEW: The Stranglers - still putting entertainment and experimentation ahead of any notions of genre integrity.

A supremely stylish quartet

Christophe Rousset and his Les Talents Lyriques brought to life some exquisite music from the Versailles period.

REVIEW: Les Talents Lyriques shine, despite acoustic issues

Review: Hamilton City Brass

Hamilton City Brass delivered serious musicianship.

Modern brass moves beyond the the colliery band and into the sublime.

REVIEW: NZSO enters new era

Clarence Street Theatre in Hamilton.

REVIEW: NZSO Hamilton performance signals new era.

REVIEW: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Riverlea Theatre in Hamilton.

REVIEW: Director successfully leads young cast in this fantasy story.

Review: Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne wowed the faithful in Auckland.

Technical issues abound, but Californian folk-rocker's fans are delighted

Sol3 Mio's perfect "arrivederci"

Sol3 Mio, from left, Moses Mackay, Pene Pati, and Amitai Pati, proved once again why they have the potential to be the ...

Sol3 Mio deliver a powerful, emotional performance in their last concert before a self-imposed hiatus

Master class from Te Kanawa

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa shows off the acoustics at the new theatre to great effect.

Caine's classics concert lacks imagination

Uri Caine may have been better off playing on his own than collaborating with the New Zealand String Quartet, based on ...

REVIEW: Plenty of talent but little reimagination on show at Uri Caine concert

REVIEW: Performance transports audience into play

A scene from The Book of Everything.

REVIEW: A plethora of talented actors wow the audience into live theatre experience.

Boyish exuberance entertains

Operatic trio Sol3 Mio.

REVIEW: From humble beginnings, the boys from Sol3 Mio have a rare ability to entertain.

At 75, Jones has still got it

The gyrating may have had to wait until the encore, but Tom Jones still thrilled the crowd with his sex-laden baritone.

REVIEW: I must admit my mid 80s idea of Tom Jones lingers.

Delayed D'Angelo delivers short, but slick set

It was the sinewy funk workouts that stuck with the audience at D'Angelo's one-off concert in Wellington on Thursday night.

Cement-mixer of a venue leaves D'Angelo fans feeling in something of a funk

Quartet offers wonderful entertainment

A packed audience came knowing what to expect of The Modern Maori Quartet and they delivered it in spades.

REVIEW: The Modern Maori Quartet - a show of nostalgia, bad jokes, wonderful harmonies and a grab-bag assortment of tunes

NZ Festival review: Both Sides Now

Julia Deans.

Julia Deans (formerly of Fur Patrol) is an incredible singer.

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