Singer-songwriter du jour Sky Ferreira talks about rejection, perception and finding her feet.
Proving true love runs eternal, a New Plymouth man is petitioning for The Cure to return to our shores.
The late Dave McArtney has the final word on a life in rock'n'roll in a memoir to be published in May.
SIMON SWEETMANIt's pretty strange being a crucial part of the biggest day in someone's life - someone you don't know and won't ever see again.
Singer Akon has a goal of bringing solar-powered electricity to 1 million homes in Africa.
The sun has yet to set on Palmy boy Jacob Neave's ecstasy after being invited on stage by Bruce Springsteen.
Radio hit-churning Londoners Rudimental delivered Wellington fans a high-energy dance party.
SIMON SWEETMAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsPharrell Williams' new album is really nothing special at all.
Turangi teen flying to Florida to join boy band handpicked by man behind Backstreet Boys.
Opera legend Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is closing the curtain on her 40-year operatic career.
SIMON SWEETMANThe brand new Drive-By Truckers album, English Oceans, is really great.
Iranian pop star Googoosh has released a video that addresses homosexual love causing a stir in the Islamic republic.
Lea Michele's debut album, partly inspired by late boyfriend Cory Monteith, is rising up the charts.
Win a double pass to see Six60 play in Auckland or Christchurch.
He calls himself a 'veteran up-and-comer', but Liam Finn has shared stages with some of the world's best and is about to release his third solo album.
Win a double pass to see New Zealand star tenors Sol3 Mio and meet the trio backstage.
REVIEW: Bruce Springsteen dedicated My Hometown to Christchurch and covered Royals.
I've got a new addiction to Latin - and it's anything but groove.
We're pretty sure he's seen a diamond in the flesh but that didn't stop The Boss from opening Auckland concert with cover of Lorde's Royals.
SIMON SWEETMANSo this column that is not about Charlotte Dawson and is definitely not about cyber-bullying.
Ahead of Bruce Springsteen's two Auckland shows this weekend we look at Kiwis covering The Boss.
SIMON SWEETMANLast night I saw BREL: The Words and Music of Jacques Brel: It's a must-see show if you're in Wellington.
A girl can never have too many video clips, am I right? Particularly when that girl is the queen of the universe.
Beck Hansen really doesn't believe a musician has the right to complain.
Katy Perry, who has hinted she will return to New Zealand later this year, has upset Muslims.
Priscilla Presley would never criticise Miley Cyrus as she reminds her of Elvis Presley.
SIMON SWEETMANYou have to wonder if the geeky white-guy guilt plays a part in the way this music is retrospectively celebrated and heard.
SIMON SWEETMAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsIt's great when you are waiting a while for a new album from someone you admire.
Adele is reportedly working on a collaboration with Prince.
Miley Cyrus kissed Katy Perry during her Bangerz tour but it's doubtful if the I Kissed A Girl singer liked it.
The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra's first concert for 2014 was a powerful one indeed.
SIMON SWEETMANAlong with the discussion of a new flag what new national anthem would you introduce?
Amongst the first words from British band The Hollies was "Didn't fancy the rugby then?"
SIMON SWEETMANWell, the great new albums of 2014 are already arriving.
With a near full house, the signs were good for an excellent season premiere for the Auckland Philharmonia.
Be the first to listen to Benny Tipene's debut EP Toulouse.
British actor Hugh Laurie has tweeted about an issue with Immigration NZ which immigration officials say is not a problem.
Already a man with an ego the size of Microsoft and Apple put together, Kanye West is set to become a film mogul.
SIMON SWEETMANTomorrow is the official launch of Wellington's New Zealand Festival for 2014.
Jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux, who performs in the New Zealand Festival on Sunday, has not pursued fame.
The newest adult getting his wiggle on in the name of children's entertainment is one of our own.
SIMON SWEETMANDo you remember back in 2007 there was a petition to bring The Cure to New Zealand? And it worked!
Grammy-winning singer Lorde sets trends with her look, but her distinct style once had teachers' fingers wagging.
Heart failure claims life of Bob Casale, the guitarist for Devo, best known for the 1980 hit Whip It.
Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves is not your typical Country singer from Texas.
Pop diva Lady Gaga has been bitten by "the cutest creature on the planet", during filming for her latest video.
Swedish disco-pants pioneers Abba say the country's tax laws are to blame for their flamboyant attire.
SIMON SWEETMANWhat did you think of Odd Future being denied entry into New Zealand last weekend?
Irish punk rock band Stiff Little Fingers, influenced by the conflict Belfast has faced, are playing three NZ shows.
Watch a first preview of Unbroken, Angelina Jolie's latest directorial effort, Unbroken.