Gig Reviews

Review: Gary Clark Jr

Maybe it was an off-night for Gary Clark Jr in Wellington. He seemed tired.

Gary Clark Jr.

The Eagles fly at Auckland gig

FLYING HIGH: The Eagles play at Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland.

REVIEW: The Eagles have a history of lawsuits, scandal, drug abuse and one of the worst band break-ups in the history of music.

Hook offers reminder of glory days

True faith: Peter Hook's renditions of Joy Division and New Order songs had the Wellington audience pumping their fists in an unabashed nostalgia fest.

Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook's covers band, The Light, played Wellington on Thursday.

Long may the Finn family last

Finn brothers

REVIEW: The Finns leave you not knowing whether you want to marry them or ask them to adopt you.

Review: Auckland's Splore Festival video

STAGE BY THE SEA: Spore Festival at Tapapakanga Regional Park

There are so many different types of people all mixed together at Auckland's Splore Festival that it's hard to imagine it working as one cohesive colourful party - but it does.

No earthquake, but Foo Fighters still rock

ROCK GODS: Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins rock Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on Saturday night.

REVIEW: The last time Foo Fighters played Auckland they caused a minor earthquake - such was the extent of how hard they rocked.

Ciara's 23-minutes Porirua show

BUSY: Ciara only had 23-minutes (plus encore) for her Porirua audience.

After upsetting Christchurch concertgoers with a 5-minute blitz Ciara treated her Porirua audience to a show five times that duration: 23-minutes.

The best Guns N' Roses tribute band

Slash playing at the Claudelands event centre in Hamilton.

Slash found fame as the top-hatted guitarist in Guns N' Roses. Almost inexplicably he continues to hold on to that fame.

History lessons from the Izzard king

FORCE TO RECKON WITH: Eddie Izzard channelled kings, tyrants, gods and chickens at Claudelands

REVIEW: Ghosts, God and other imaginary beings provided much of the fertile fun-poking fodder for Eddie Izzard.

Foos promise 'free show' one day

ROCKING GOOD TIME: South Island fans had been waiting years for this show and the Foo Fighters didn't disappoint.

REVIEW: Foo Fighters show was the "best Wednesday night in Christchurch ever" says reviewer.

Rock titans roar in Hamilton

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Slash playing at the Claudelands event centre in Hamilton.

REVIEW: Veteran rockstar delivers blistering two-hour set with his powerful new band.

Fans happy to take a gamble

Kenny Rogers will performed at Hamilton's Claudelands Arena on Sunday.

REVIEW: Kenny Rogers belted out the tunes with relative ease, while telling ripper yarns between sets.

Broods Valentine's gift

Georgia Nott of Broods performs at Nelson College.

REVIEW: The last show on Broods Evergreen Tour was a special treat.

Kiwi musicians rock winery tour

Charming the audience: Dave Dobbyn, Don McGlashan, Che Fu and Anika Moa.

Legendary Kiwi musicians entertain a middle-aged and middle-class crowd as the ninth annual Winery Tour hits Auckland.

Paul Simon and Sting are rock royalty

Paul Simon & Sting perform to a packed house at the Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth.

REVIEW: Paul Simon and Sting lead a packed Bowl of Brooklands in a mass singalong of their classic hits.

Passenger holds audience spellbound

LOVELY CHAP: Singer-songwriter Passenger aka Mike Rosenberg.

For a man setting out to play "a few very depressing songs" Mike Rosenberg aka Passenger is a really funny guy.

Paul Simon and Sting rock Auckland

A FOR EFFORT AND ENERGY: Paul Simon and Sting.

REVIEW: You couldn't deny the effort and energy of these two old men: they gave full value by playing a 165-minute set without an intermission.

Angus and Julia Stone deliver

GREAT INDIE ACT: Australian folk duo Angus and Julia Stone

It might only be January but Angus and Julia Stone were already the most anticipated show of the year.

Royal Blood assault Wellington

RAW ENERGY: Royal Blood

British duo Royal Blood were out prove that they deserve the hype.

Flying Lotus mesmerises Auckland crowd

OUT THERE: Flying Lotus

Fresh off the Laneway stage, Flying Lotus wows crowds at Auckland's Powerstation.

Fave sounds of summer

ROD STEWART AT MISSION ESTATE: "The times you remember best are those shared with good friends."

Iit's gig season, so we asked some famous Kiwis for memories of their best-ever gigs.

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Katy Perry

REVIEW: Katy Perry manages to be sweet without being sickly, suggestive without being lewd, and kooky without being crazy.

Reggae relocation no problem

The crowd gets in to US band Cyprus Hill at Ragamuffin 2014 in West Auckland.

Raggamuffin's new locale in Auckland delivered, with its big acts and relaxed atmosphere.

Upscale debut for PM's son

TROSKEY: Joshua Troskie and John Key's son Max (right) performed live for the first time at Auckland's 1885 bar.

If you want proof that there’s a wealth gap in New Zealand go along to a Troskey gig.

Rolling Stones start 'em up gallery

ALL RIGHT? Mick Jagger rocks Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium.

"The best rock and roll band in the world" hit Auckland last night. And didn't disappoint.

Not even elbow room left

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The crowd at Elbow's sold-out concert was in raptures even before the first note was stuck.

Lorde - no longer awkward gallery

Lorde Auckland

Walking tall, exuding confidence and grinning uncontrollably - what a difference a year makes.

Film-makers laugh off fear

COMEDY WITH SOME BITE: Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s hit horror-comedy What We Do in the Shadows.

The Kiwi godfathers of horror tell why we laugh at things we shouldn't - and make the rest of the world do it, too.

Fans see a diamond in the flesh gallery

THEATRICAL APPROACH: When she performs, Lorde gets inside the music, her body feeling each note and carefully crafted sentence as she swats imaginary bees around her.

The teen queen of pop launches her first headlining tour of NZ with a bang at Horncastle Arena.

Smooth premiere for Soulfest gallery

MOS DEF: Yasiin Bey was his usual charming and politically-charged self at yesterday's Soulfest

Apart from needing to iron out a few foibles, Soulfest is likely to grow in popularity if it comes back next year and continues to front such an incredible line-up.

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