SIMON SWEETMANMy next DJ evening is called The Great Kiwi BBQ Soundtrack and it'll take place at the San Francisco Bath House in Wellington, Saturday, December 28.
Snoopy's Christmas is one of the biggest-selling singles in New Zealand history. With the song back on playlists this season, Alistair Hughes ponders why it remains so loved and loathed.
The family that plays together hardly ever stays together. But they sure left some great songs behind.
Has Christmas come early? Justin Bieber says he's retiring from music.
SIMON SWEETMANI enjoyed reading this recent Consequence of Sound post picking a Top 10 Music Autobiographies. Not a Top 10 of 2013 - just a Top 10. So there were classic offerings from Miles Davis and Bob Dylan, books I'd probably have on my list too, Patti Smith's Just Kids was there and "Johnny Cash's autobiography, Cash by Johnny Cash" - if it's quoted in High Fidelity it deserves to be on the list...
Never has depression been more enjoyable than when watching Leonard Cohen perform.
Katy Perry suffered an awkward moment on stage when she was caught lip-synching at an award ceremony in France.
Win tickets to experience heavyweight soul pirates Fat Freddy's Drop live music on the Blackbird Summer Detour.
SIMON SWEETMANCity and Colour's show in Wellington tomorrow is going to be one of the best shows of this year...
Music fans have been given a glimpse into rock 'n' roll heaven - and it's not pretty.
Against improbable odds, rock 'n' roll's Keith Richards is about to turn 70.
It was nostalgia for those who were there and the many more who weren't but have been there ever since, remaking their own version of goth music.
Poster for US musician's concert is removed after offensive word prompts complaint.
REVIEW: Beyonce review: Queen B's surprise fifth album, Self-Titled Part 1 . The Visual Album, is her best yet
Lorde hates dentists, her mum still buys her shampoo, and "I look like Gollum".
SIMON SWEETMANSo I thought we could share our own Top 10 Music Moments.
As the Internet collectively scours, analyses, and delights over Beyonce's surprise visual album, Lorde has released a new single called No Better
An estimated crowd of up to 200,000 people braved scorching temperatures to enjoy Christmas in the Park.
We have compiled the 10 biggest music news stories that captured our attention this year.
Are Lorde, Lydia Ko and Jamie Curry's achievements inspiring to their peers, or daunting?
Leonard Cohen is an elusive creature, but his backing singers reveal what the legend is really like.
Lorde has gone toe to toe with Beyonce, gifting the world early Christmas presents.
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine has spent 30 years at the top of thrash metal.
Singer releases her new "visual" album of 14 songs and 18 videos on iTunes without warning.
Music helped Kim Dotcom through two "tough" years - culminating in album release.
Lorde may never be a royal, but these days, she's living like one.
SIMON SWEETMANBefore we deck the halls with boughs of holly I figured we should clear the decks, clean out the halls, dust off and dispose of the worst of the year.
VICKI ANDERSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsArctic Monkeys' drummer explains why they are no longer miserable.
Ahead of his summer tour, Guy Sebastian talks about dancing with Oprah Winfrey and his other passion – photography.
VICKI ANDERSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsCanadian composer Howard Shore has worked closely with Peter Jackson to create the soundtrack to The Hobbit.
Gordon Ramsay takes on the Muppet Show's Swedish Chef in a food fight.
SIMON SWEETMANA bit of fun today - well hopefully - I want you to imagine the best supergroup you could come up with.
Auckland trio Sol3 Mio are taking their powerful operatic voices and irrepressible Samoan humour on the road next year.
Canadian crooner Michael Buble will play his first New Zealand arena show next May.
SIMON SWEETMANI finally got to sit down with the Charles Bradley doco late last week - it's good; pretty good.
The Manic Street Preachers are finally coming to terms with their own demons.
Nelson Mandela's spirit, perseverance and dignity fuelled not only the cause of liberty and equality, but drove music to great heights.
Homegrown electronica heroes Shapeshifter will launch into their summer tour with their first-ever Lower Hutt gig.
It's valid to ask whether we can arrive at any sort of Grammy consensus.
SIMON SWEETMANThe end of the year is coming - which means the Best of 2013 lists have already started.
Peter Murphy talks about his former band Bauhaus, Islam and his arrest in March.
It's been a disappointing year for music. But Rayhan Langdana finally found something great.
More than two years after releasing the tantalizing Friday, Rebecca Black has finally made it to the weekend.
Dannii and Kylie Minogue may invite unhappy comparisons in competing talent shows.
Kiwi musician Tiki Taane is anticipating an "insane" experience when he headlines the entertainment at the 2014 Wellington Sevens.
SIMON SWEETMANI think I've got the definitive example for "the worst that can happen", music wise.
REVIEW: There was another good reason for a capacity house at this year's performance by the City Choir.
Lorde has scheduled a new stand-alone Auckland concert after cancelling her Laneway performance to attend the Grammys.
NZGT winner Renee Maurice was close to ditching her Wellington singing job before winning $100K.
The Virginmarys debut album yearns to be played up loud with the car windows down.