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Doctor Who’s spectacular tour arrives in Auckland

Dr Who NZSO

Howzat. Fifth Doctor Who actor Peter Davison is returning to host the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in Auckland.

What's the soundtrack to your life?

Abbey Road

There is always one - the album that sums up a moment in time or feeling you cling to.

Broods perform at sold-out Powerstation

Broods

REVIEW: The one hour performance perfectly encapsulates what it means to be young, unsure and wistful.

Soundwave 2015: more bands to come, no side shows

Faith No More

There is some good news to come for Soundwave fans, however bad news is there will be no sideshows.

J Mascis continues his winning streak

simon sweetman

I'll tell you who is great right now and that's J Mascis. His solo albums are like Dinosaur Jr for old people.

NZ musician Robert Scott has a day job

Robert Scott

NZ musician Robert Scott talks about his new album, The Clean's tour plans, and life as a teacher aide.

Brother-sister duo Brood over success

Broods

Caleb Nott, of Kiwi music sensation Broods, is not sure he could deal with the same level of fame as compatriot Lorde.

Top 10 MTV VMA's best moments ever

VMAs

Kanye's "Ima let you finish" quip, Madonna's tongue and Lady Gaga's beef - a look at the MTV VMA's best moments ever.

Photos: Miley Cyrus' wackiest Instagrams

Miley Cyrus

As our favourite wild child is heading to New Zealand, we're looking at her wackiest Instagrams.

In a perfect world I'd go see Miley

simon sweetman

SIMON SWEETMAN

So, Miley Cyrus is coming to New Zealand, one show - The Bangerz Tour. I'm not joking when I say that I would go to that.

Composer helps make a difference

grayson gilmour

After pretty successful year, musician Grayson Gilmour he has decided to give a bit back to those in need.

There's still life in Die! Die! Die!

Die! Die! Die!

Die! Die! Die! take their new album Swim on tour, starting with Palmerston North and Wellington.

Miley Cyrus announces NZ show

Miley Cyrus

Celebrity wild child Miley Cyrus is to perform in New Zealand for the first time.

No twerking at MTV awards, thanks

Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke

MTV has been warned not to include 'explicitly sexual content' in this year's Video Music Awards.

Soundwave 2015: The best-ever rock line-up?

Faith No More

Could this be the best rock festival line-up Australia has ever seen?

Why Lorde is so excited

Lorde

Teenage Grammy-winner announces four-gig NZ tour in October, saying she's "so excited".

Portrait of a miner

David Thorpe

A musician has launched a musical tribute for a long-lost relative who died in a mining disaster.

Taylor Swift shakes off negativity

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift has learned an invaluable lesson: when life kicks you down sometimes you've just got to dance.

Kimbra's The Golden Echo

Kimbra

SIMON SWEETMAN

I'd written previously about Kimbra - she is not the enemy. She is in fact very talented.

Britney accused of lip-synching to Sia

Britney Spears lip-synching row

Britney Spears is accused of lip-synching again only this time to Aussie songstress Sia's vocals.

Rising country singer wins award

	 Kaylee Bell

Country music star Kaylee Bell won the National Country Music Awards in Hamilton on Saturday night.

Beyonce channels Nancy Sinatra

Beyonce

Teaser for Beyoncé and Jay Z's On The Run HBO special features Nancy Sinatra's hit Bang Bang.

A Vinyl Affair: This Saturday

simon sweetman

Record fairs are a lot of fun, but a risky move for an obsessive digger. There's one this Saturday.

Out-and-proud Ricky Martin heading to NZ

ricky strap

Singer Ricky Martin, heading here for the first time in 15 years, says we need to get over celebrities' sexuality.

Shihad joins Westenra in record books

Shihad

Shihad and Hayley Westenra aren't often mentioned in the same breath, but they are today.

Dinah Lee releases song about Cathedral Square

Dinah Lee

Dinah Lee, queen of the '60s mods, has released a pop song about the iconic Christchurch location.

Kristin Hersh: Fluent in the language of music

Kristin Hersh

The woman whose music influenced Nirvana and the Pixies is coming to talk.

Yee-ha - It's country music trophy time

Awards bring artist from around the country

Morgan Evans

A new generation of country music enthusiasts will be ramblin' their way to Hamilton tomorrow night for the ninth National Country Music Awards.

The return of some heroes

simon sweetman

SIMON SWEETMAN

I'm curious to know what you think about the new Shihad album.

Ballet with a mature rating

Ballet Strap

It's sexy, half-naked, mattress-using ballet and it's coming to Wellington this weekend.

Vector's Tuning Fork hosts Americana Fest in October

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SIMON SWEETMAN

There are at least two good reasons for a trip to Auckland in October.

Original Seekers promise chart-topping show

Seekers

The Seekers are the latest addition to Claudelands Arena's ever-growing slate of musical performances.

Eye on budding country talent

Aly Cook

NZ singer-songwriter Aly Cook will present an award at the National Country Awards in Hamilton this Saturday.

$100k reward to find AC/DC manager's killer

AC/DC

Police hope a reward will lead to the killer of a former AC/DC manager ho died after being assaulted.

End Times Undone

simon sweetman

SIMON SWEETMAN

I wanted to tell you all about the new David Kilgour album today...

Barbara Graham was born to sing

Barbara Graham

Barbara Graham was exposed to opera and classical music before she was even born.

Sinead O'Connor: No one's seen my womanhood

Sinead O'Connor

Sinead O'Connor says nobody has ever seen her looking like a woman.

You gotta know to understand

simon sweetman

SIMON SWEETMAN

Why do people get to be unhappy that Bob Dylan didn't play a brace of protest songs and didn't even say "we just love New Zealand, it's so beautiful here".

Musician gets 'life story' guitar back after 7 years

Dave Murphy

A strange turn of events has seen Dave Murphy reunited with his beloved guitar after it was stolen seven years ago.

Today's most influential music act is...

Radiohead

The winner of NME's poll might not surprise but some of the omissions probably will.

Why Beyonce doesn't deserve MTV's vanguard award

Beyonce

OPINION: Rewarding her with a lifetime achievement award seems premature.

How do we feel about crowdfunding?

simon sweetman

SIMON SWEETMAN

In the last couple of years versions of crowdfunding have helped artists raise the cash.

Review: Bob Dylan's a great with grasping growl

Bob Dylan

There's no denying that Dylan's voice doesn't sound like it used to. But it would be disappointing if it would.

INXS biopic tells an all-too familiar story

luke arnold strap

He was a charismatic ladies' man and the iconic singer of INXS. Actor Luke Arnold was born to play him.

Shihad go back to rock basics

Shihad

Two decades after their first studio album, Shihad say their new release is their heaviest in years.

Broods take out top spot

Broods

Broods, a band in collaboration with Lorde’s producer, has flown to the top of the charts this week.

Pre-fame Lorde album unearthed

And they were masked

last from the past: Hear tracks from Lorde's high school band And They Were Masked.

1800 shots in the dark

simon sweetman

SIMON SWEETMAN

There's got to be something that keeps you doing it? Stupidity. Stubbornness - a misguided aim to subvert the futility?

George Ezra's amazing voyages to Budapest

George Ezra

George Ezra about hiding behind Leonardo da Vinci and Budapest, the song about a place he hasn't seen.

GO Live: AhoriBuzz spreads simple truth

AhoriBuzz

''It doesn't matter who you are, it doesn't matter where you live, we all share the same sun,'' says Aaron Tokona.
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