Watch: Louis Baker covers Purple Rain

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In an intimate live recording, Louis Baker croons the 1984 hit before a small audience.

Lorde's Hunger Games beat


Lorde releases her new single to feature in the upcoming Hunger Games film. Listen to it here.

Go see Harry Manx play

simon sweetman

Busker-turned professional guitarist Harry Manx is playing in NZ for the first time - and is worth hearing.

Tomorrow's Modern Boxes Today

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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.

Tom Jones trending, fans assume he is dead

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When Tom Jones fans saw his name trending on Twitter they assumed he'd dropped dead.

Have faith in the rhythm

Ali Campbell

Can UB40 help replicate Raggamuffin's big love vibe be replicated when the Rotorua-born festival moves to Auckland?

Heavenly creature: Chelsea Jade Metcalf

Chelsea Jade Metcalf

The critically acclaimed artist formerly known as Watercolours is dropping her alter ego and bandmates to go out on her own.

Thoughtful lyrics, catchy tunes nail Rockquest

Georgia Lines

A Tauranga teen's oozing confidence helped her rock her way to the top at this year's Smokefree Rockquest.

Rapper Matty B sings for bullied sister

Matty B

American child rapper Matty B has won a new legion of fans after a tribute to his little sister went viral.

Lorde tops Billboard 21 under 21 list


Praised for demonstrating an influence beyond music, Lorde tops Billboard's powerful minors list.

The Kooks set to return to NZ

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Brit-pop rockers The Kooks are set to return to New Zealand early next year for one show only.

Banned in NZ, but wanted by Billboard

Darren Watson

Top music mag Billboard could be about to feature a piece on the musician behind the banned Planet Key song.

The Tweedy Disaster!

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Most of the time I like being wrong - I would rather an album be great than any suspicion of flimsiness proving correct.

An 80s experience to remember

The Straits

Dire Straits is no more, but a tribute band playing next week includes a saxophonist who toured with the original band.

AC/DC's Malcolm Young in care for dementia

Malcolm Young

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: Genius between the notes

Andre Benjamin as Jimi Henderix

Jimi: All Is by My Side is a brilliant evocation of Hendrix.

AC/DC's rock, Malcolm Young, retires

Malcolm Young

Mixed news for AC/DC fans: there's a new album, but it won't have Malcolm Young on it.

Three NZ gigs for Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran has announced shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

And we'll watch them fall

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Simon Sweetman reminiscences on seven years of blogging and how opinion can wind up readers.

The long goodbye: Irish Rovers in final NZ tour

Irish Rovers

At 50 The Irish Rovers embark on their final New Zealand tour, but the members won't be retiring.

Lorde reveals name of Hunger Games single


The Kiwi songstress has announced the name of her single on the forthcoming Hunger Games soundtrack.

One song you love because of the lyrics

simon sweetman

If you had to pick one song by a favourite artist, based entirely on the lyrics, what would it be?

Long lost duet from musical legends to be released

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A long lost duet recorded by Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson in the 80s will be released this year.

Election weekend

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The 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.

Ariana Grande on brink of a major image problem

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She could be the next pop culture princess - unless her diva-esque behaviour sinks her first.

The rise and fall of a music legend

Peter Utteridge

Peter Gutteridge was met by police on his return from the US, was admitted to hospital and died.

Lorde to collaborate with Kanye?


He didn't bring his Yeezus tour here, but Kanye West might be teaming up with Lorde.

U2's album giveaway a 'punk rock thing'


Stirring things up and annoying people is the point, says Bono in defence of iTunes bomb.

The strange, moody week that was

simon sweetman

It's been a funny ole week - a strange mood hovering. We're getting older all the time.

Review: New Zealand Opera's Don Giovanni

New Zealand Opera’s production of Don Giovanni

Set in a seedy nightclub, complete with poledancers, this isn't your traditional telling of Mozart's classic.

The Bear essentials

Bear & Boy

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 is genuine, hilarious

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Courtney Barnett took to the stage, adopted a Joan Jett-esque hunch and threw out surprisingly heavy riffs.

Joan Armatrading's enduring charm

Joan Armatrading

Four decades after appearing out of nowhere, Joan Armatrading talks about weird lyrics, shyness and privacy.

Lose yourself in the music, the moment

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The whole Eminem sues National story brings up plenty of disturbing issues.

U2 free album verdict is in - an epic fail


U2's now-infamous auto-uploaded album wasn't bad musically, but as a marketing move it was a disaster.

APRA Silver Scrolls finalists announced

Louis Baker

Finalists for this year's Silver Scrolls award for New Zealand song of the year have been announced.

Mariah Carey announces New Zealand show

Mariah Carey

Touring her new album Me. I am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse, Mariah Carey is coming to New Zealand.

Jimmy Barnes to tour New Zealand

	 Jimmy Barnes

Former Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes will play in Hamilton, Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Top 10 political copyright infringements

Bruce Springsteen

Eminem vs National isn't the first time musicians have taken politicians to task. Here's our top 10.

Eminem fires back at National


Pre-election shakedown claim too shady to stand up, says Eminem's camp of National's copyright conundrum. | Beehive Live | Copyright top 10

Nurturing the best

simon sweetman


There are plenty of election events to help celebrate or commiserate, depending on which side of the fence you sit.

Double take: Joel and Benji Madden

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Good Charlotte rockers Benji and Joel Madden are so in sync they finish each other's sentences.

Eminem sues National over election ad

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National Party rejects claims it violated copyright by using riff similar to Eminem song in advert.

R.I.P. 'Guttman'

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Peter Gutteridge, who died yesterday, was one of the more important figures in NZ music.

Robin Thicke blurs the lines of copyright

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Singer says he embellished his role in writing Blurred Lines and was high at every interview.

Lady Gaga wants to perform with Bowie in space

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Lady Gaga is due to perform in a Virgin Galactic ship in space next year and wants David Bowie to join her.

Snapper star Peter Gutteridge dies

Peter Gutteridge

Record label pays tribute to "great talent" of Peter Gutteridge, a pioneer of the Dunedin sound.

Scary auto U2 iTunes upload

NANCY EL-GAMEL - Waikato Times

All your Apple devices could be full of the sounds from U2's new album.

A new wave of concept albums

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You don't need to be aware of the concept to enjoy the music - Gruff Rhys' new album is worth a listen.

Can't stand for Kanye? Fans have to prove it

Kanye West

Concert-goers learn you have to stand up for Kanye unless you can prove a handicap.
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