In an intimate live recording, Louis Baker croons the 1984 hit before a small audience.
Lorde releases her new single to feature in the upcoming Hunger Games film. Listen to it here.
Busker-turned professional guitarist Harry Manx is playing in NZ for the first time - and is worth hearing.
You wake up to the news that Thom Yorke has released a new album - it's cheap, you can buy it and have it straight away, within minutes of even knowing it existed. This is the modern world. Thom Yorke is a big name in music and he's more interested, it seems, in being a name associated with change in the industry, with breaking down and/or bypassing the processes, the gate-keepers, with delivering music to his fans in the quickest - most direct - way.
When Tom Jones fans saw his name trending on Twitter they assumed he'd dropped dead.
Can UB40 help replicate Raggamuffin's big love vibe be replicated when the Rotorua-born festival moves to Auckland?
The critically acclaimed artist formerly known as Watercolours is dropping her alter ego and bandmates to go out on her own.
A Tauranga teen's oozing confidence helped her rock her way to the top at this year's Smokefree Rockquest.
American child rapper Matty B has won a new legion of fans after a tribute to his little sister went viral.
Praised for demonstrating an influence beyond music, Lorde tops Billboard's powerful minors list.
Brit-pop rockers The Kooks are set to return to New Zealand early next year for one show only.
Top music mag Billboard could be about to feature a piece on the musician behind the banned Planet Key song.
SIMON SWEETMANMost of the time I like being wrong - I would rather an album be great than any suspicion of flimsiness proving correct.
Dire Straits is no more, but a tribute band playing next week includes a saxophonist who toured with the original band.
Sources close to AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young say he has been moved into full-time care for dementia.
Jimi: All Is by My Side is a brilliant evocation of Hendrix.
Mixed news for AC/DC fans: there's a new album, but it won't have Malcolm Young on it.
Ed Sheeran has announced shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Simon Sweetman reminiscences on seven years of blogging and how opinion can wind up readers.
At 50 The Irish Rovers embark on their final New Zealand tour, but the members won't be retiring.
The Kiwi songstress has announced the name of her single on the forthcoming Hunger Games soundtrack.
If you had to pick one song by a favourite artist, based entirely on the lyrics, what would it be?
A long lost duet recorded by Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson in the 80s will be released this year.
SIMON SWEETMANThe best thing to come out of the weekend was the reminder to return to Bic Runga's album, Birds, and the chance to see Neil Finn live.
She could be the next pop culture princess - unless her diva-esque behaviour sinks her first.
Peter Gutteridge was met by police on his return from the US, was admitted to hospital and died.
He didn't bring his Yeezus tour here, but Kanye West might be teaming up with Lorde.
Stirring things up and annoying people is the point, says Bono in defence of iTunes bomb.
It's been a funny ole week - a strange mood hovering. We're getting older all the time.
Set in a seedy nightclub, complete with poledancers, this isn't your traditional telling of Mozart's classic.
While Boy & Bear have yet to conquer the Kiwi charts, in Australia they're one of the biggest bands of the past few years.
Courtney Barnett took to the stage, adopted a Joan Jett-esque hunch and threw out surprisingly heavy riffs.
Four decades after appearing out of nowhere, Joan Armatrading talks about weird lyrics, shyness and privacy.
SIMON SWEETMANThe whole Eminem sues National story brings up plenty of disturbing issues.
U2's now-infamous auto-uploaded album wasn't bad musically, but as a marketing move it was a disaster.
Finalists for this year's Silver Scrolls award for New Zealand song of the year have been announced.
Touring her new album Me. I am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse, Mariah Carey is coming to New Zealand.
Former Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes will play in Hamilton, Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin.
Eminem vs National isn't the first time musicians have taken politicians to task. Here's our top 10.
SIMON SWEETMANThere are plenty of election events to help celebrate or commiserate, depending on which side of the fence you sit.
Good Charlotte rockers Benji and Joel Madden are so in sync they finish each other's sentences.
National Party rejects claims it violated copyright by using riff similar to Eminem song in advert.
Peter Gutteridge, who died yesterday, was one of the more important figures in NZ music.
Singer says he embellished his role in writing Blurred Lines and was high at every interview.
Lady Gaga is due to perform in a Virgin Galactic ship in space next year and wants David Bowie to join her.
Record label pays tribute to "great talent" of Peter Gutteridge, a pioneer of the Dunedin sound.
NANCY EL-GAMEL - Waikato TimesAll your Apple devices could be full of the sounds from U2's new album.
SIMON SWEETMANYou don't need to be aware of the concept to enjoy the music - Gruff Rhys' new album is worth a listen.
Concert-goers learn you have to stand up for Kanye unless you can prove a handicap.
Who just died on The Simpsons? (spoiler)