SIMON SWEETMANThe cream rises to the top - if you're good enough you'll make it, the best will shine through.
London-based Kiwi rockers I Am Giant took inspiration from Pink Floyd for their new album.
American R&B artist Janelle Monae apparently has a "top secret" video of the US president dancing.
SIMON SWEETMANThe movie Frank is a celebration of music - of music-making, of the kinship and camaraderie.
One of India's leading music experts has died in Auckland, Indian media report.
Earth harp creator William Close lands record deal with his 300-metre string instrument.
Hamilton's Garden Place will be the venue for what's being touted as ''a one-off historical performance''.
Jeremy Redmore, former frontman of Kiwi band Midnight Youth, is releasing his debut solo album this Friday.
The dream is slowly coming true for a Christchurch singer who moved to Nelson after the 2011 earthquake.
Kim Dotcom has pushed rewind on the Internet Party party after his last attempt was canned.
SIMON SWEETMANThe best thing John Frusciante ever did was leave The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The Black Seeds will be headlining a new street festival in the Wairarapa over Labour Weekend.
Lana Del Rey says sleeping with men in the music industry didn't land her any record deals.
If "Weird Al" Yankovic has tracked down your personal email address, you're likely his next parody conquest.
As album titles go, Hamilton rock band Devilskin's debut release We Rise certainly proved prophetic.
Music professor Dr Graeme Downes cites Lorde when he want to shake up his students.
It took Ken Houston 57 years to find a piece of music that really moved him but it was worth the wait.
The leaked recording of Britney Spears' Alien tells more about modern recording than her warbling.
Do these Christchurch pensioners have sweeter moves than Pharrell Williams?
SIMON SWEETMANIt was great news to wake up to - Neil Finn will tour New Zealand in September of this year.
Christchurch songstress wins two national awards for her beautifully crafted children's music.
Kiwi singer-songwriter legend Neil Finn is taking his latest album "Dizzy Heights" on the road.
With her music in hot demand and a US tour coming up, Ladi6 is trying - and failing - to not be overwhelmed by it all.
Daimon Schwalger aka The Nomad - DJ, producer, recording artist - talks about the music that had a big impact on him.
For 20 years I loved Everyman Records, a magnet for local eccentrics and musical obsessives, but now it is no more.
With a varied album collection I've heard it all and when it comes to guitarists, Frank Zappa's unbeatable.
Singing for her supper
Wellington soprano Bianca Andrew is packing her bags after winning a spot at a renowned British music school.
The Madden brothers head the latest New Zealand top 40 singles chart.
Kiwi duo Broods' fan base has just gotten a whole lot bigger after performing at Late Night with Seth Meyers.
The Children's Music Awards celebrate music written for Kiwi kids. For the first time they will be presented live on What Now on Sunday.
John Grenell turns 70 this weekend and you're invited to help him celebrate.
Statistically, apparently, Christchurch band Doprah are tipped to be the next big sound by Billboard.
MTV Video Music Award nominations have been announced with Lorde named in two categories.
SIMON SWEETMANI love John Hiatt's Bring The Family though - it suffers for its eighties sound. What's your fantasy re-record project?
Smells Like Teen Spirit? Whole Lotta Love? Satisfaction? What's the best guitar riff of all time?
A Wellington composer is gathering musicians from all over the world for a symphony dedicated to those affected during WWI.
See these actresses as you have never seen them before.
Back in Black? Sweet Child of Mine? Whole Lotta Love? What is the best guitar riff of all time?
SIMON SWEETMANSo we're supposed to be excited that two of the members of Queen are touring here with a guy who came second in a TV popularity song-and-dance show.
Queen with Adam Lambert has announced one New Zealand show at Auckland’s Vector Arena on September 3.
When Weird Al Yankovic takes on Lorde, it's all about food freshness and conspiracy theories.
Weird Al Yankovic is so busy ripping pop stars apart that he didn't notice his own mistake in his latest video.
SIMON SWEETMANIt's my birthday today. Same time every year.
Lily Allen has been banned from talking about Game Of Thrones.
The final lineup of the second Rhythm and Alps in Cardrona has been announced.
Watch the video to the first single, Rainbow, of Robert Plants new album.
A day of busking saw them scouted by Metallica, and seal a record deal.
Beastie Boys is no more and 48-year-old Michael Diamond aka Mike D is still figuring things out.
SIMON SWEETMANKristin Hersh is returning to New Zealand. And soon.
Ricky Martin will be living la vida loca in April next year, when he plays four concerts in New Zealand.