Gig Reviews

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.

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.

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