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Winehouse family condemn film video

Amy Winehouse died, aged 27, of accidental alcohol poisoning in July 2011.

Amy Winehouse's family criticise a documentary about the late singer saying it's "misleading and contains some basic untruths".

Review: Demi Lovato in Auckland

American popstar Demi Lovato took time out during her Auckland concert to praise transgender icon Bruce Jenner's bravery.

The singer used what little time she had on stage to praise Bruce Jenner and rock out with her fans.

Sexism in classic dad songs video

Sting may be one of the music industry's nice guys, but some of his lyrics are decidedly creepy.

Much is made of misogyny in hip-hop, but what about the "nice guys" of music who've been doing the same for years?

Highlanders are movers and groovers

Highlanders halfback Fumiaki Tanaka gets into the groove with Six60's White Lines.

The Highlanders rock. And to prove it they got out the video camera.

Spotify and the midlife crisis

Spotify can now pinpoint, among many, many other things, the exact sections of songs that listeners like most.

Spotify, the streaming music juggernaut, can track the music that people listen to at every age.

Why Bey, RiRi suffer 'porn culture'

Passion and politics: British singer Paloma Faith.

Paloma Faith is over heartbreak. The thing that really vexes the singer these days is the pornification of music videos.

Christchurch singer tipped for stardom

Lyttelton singer Marlon Williams is tipped for international success.

Former Lyttelton choirboy Marlon Williams has released a debut solo album that it already been described as a masterpiece.

Jody Direen breaks out with new album

Wanaka country pop singer-songwriter Jody Direen at Lake Hawea.

Wanaka-based country singer Jody Direen has taken a bold step in a new direction with Breaks Out.

Why One Direction will quit soon

Harry Styles is thought to be the next to leave boy band One Direction.

Ever since Simon Cowell said he wouldn't be surprised if One Direction split up there's a been a sense that the clock is ticking.

Spandau Ballet return to Auckland video

Spandau Ballet are coming back to Auckland.

They're coming back for one Auckland show on Mothers' Day.

Neither richer or poorer with Allison Moorer

Allison Moorer - Down to Believing

REVIEW: Allison Moorer's new album reviewed

The Dickies - the clown princes of punk

Los Angeles band The Dickies play shows in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland this weekend.

Stan Lee talks about life with his American punk band, The Dickies, ahead of their first visit to New Zealand.

Kiwis love Sam Smith

Sam Smith talked the crowd through his album, musical decisions and heartbreak before launching into the hits.

REVIEW: Award-winning British singer-songwriter loves NZ, and NZ loves him right back.

Powerful new symphony Anzac concert highlight

Composer Michael Williams' Symphony No.1 ‘Letters from the Front’ was a cleverly constructed three movement work.

REVIEW: Michael Williams' beautifully scored Letters from the Front is tonal without a hint of triteness.

Meet the Kiwi who dresses 1D

One Direction backstage at Vector Arena before their 2013 Auckland show.  From left to right, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Niall Horan. Malik left the band last month. Photo:  Grahame Cox.

Meet the Kiwi woman who tours the world, dressing British boy band, One Direction.

Hitting the right note

The Lynfield College Jazz Combo picked up four awards at the National Jazz Festival Youth Competition. Photo: ROSE CAWLEY

Grandparents often know what is best for the younger generation. And for Dyland Goodisson that meant learning to play the trumpet.

Ed Sheeran coming back for more

Ed Sheeran recently performed in New Zealand and will be back later this year.

Ed Sheeran will be returning to New Zealand later this year.

Colin Hay's remarkable reinvention

Former Men at Work singer Colin Hay.

Former Men at Work singer Colin Hay battled drink and depression, but has made a curious career revival thanks to his wry humour and a Hollywood star.

15 minutes: Trinity Roots

Ben Lemi, centre, with his bandmates in Trinity Roots.

Ben Lemi is the drummer with Wellington/ Featherston trio Trinity Roots

Anika Moa is still at the top of her game

Anika Moa - Queen at the Table

REVIEW: Anika Moa's new album reviewed

Symphonic salute to great grandfather

From left, narrator George Henare, conductor Benjamin Northey and soprano Madeleine Pierard rehearse Michael Williams' Symphony No 1 Letter from the Front at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre.

Composer Michael Williams' great grandfather was killed when a bullet at Passchendaele pierced his wallet, then his heart.

Listening Post



Still hooked on a feeling

Dennis Locorriere is back singing the songs that made him famous with Dr Hook.

The voice of Dr Hook is back and ready to share the night together with fans of the group.

The Prodigy are back

The Prodigy - The Day is My Enemy

REVIEW: The Prodigy's new album reviewed

Revved up for Ricky

Ricky Martin rocks the stage at Vector Arena in Auckland.

Ahead of his Christchurch concert, we meet devoted Ricky Martin fans to ask them, "why?".

Ringo 'the most influential Beatle'

Artist Yoko Ono at the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony.

It will come as a shock to many, but Yoko Ono claims Ringo Starr had the most influence on the Beatles.

Review: Orchestra Wellington

Conductor Marc Taddei's sympathetic direction produced some fine playing by Orchestra Wellington in its first concert of 2015.

REVIEW: There were some delightful touches to Orchestra Wellington's first concert for the year.

Flip Grater's special memories

Flip Grater

Singer-songwriter Flip Grater opens her family album.

Midge Ure wows again in Wellington

Scottish musician Midge Ure was in fine voice at Bodega.

REVIEW: Band Aid and Ultravox star Midge Ure rolls out the classics and reels in the audience at Bodega in Wellington.

Ricky Martin's still got it

Singer Ricky Martin.

REVIEW: Ricky Martin gives the audience what they want with a high-octane performance at Wellington's TSB Arena.

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