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Town hall's future decided

Wellington Town Hall will be transformed into a music hub under a plan approved by the city councillors on Tuesday.

City councillors have agreed to a plan to turn the Wellington Town Hall into a music hub.

'I believe my father was murdered'

15-times Grammy Award-winner BB King died aged 89.

B.B. King's daughters are accusing the bluesman's two closest aides of poisoning him.

Art Garfunkel calls Paul Simon 'a monster'

Art Garfunkel (left) says he only befriended Paul Simon because he felt sorry for him because he was so short.

Art Garfunkel has ripped into his musical partner Paul Simon, describing him as "a monster" with a "Napoleon complex".

Towers sing Lydia video

Towers perform Fur Patrol's Lydia.

To mark NZ Music Month, Wellington-based indie-pop band Towers will cover well-known Kiwi songs.

Elijah draws a lethargic crowd

Orpheus Choir conductor Brent Stewart.

REVIEW: Once in a while, Mendelssohn’s 1846 oratorio Elijah - while not a work of great distinction - will do the trick.

Dancing Man thrown own party video

This image angered people when it was posted by someone saying: “Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing.”

Social media sensation gets to dance without shame.

BB King's lasting love

BB King, a 15-time Grammy Award winner,  died in Las Vegas aged 89.

A standing ovation for BB King and more cheers than tears marked a memorial for the late blues great's life and legacy.

Life beyond the machine video

Working on her third album was a way for Florence Welch to try to make sense of two extreme sides of her character.

Florence Welch has experienced the darkness of depression, but her creative light still burns bright.

Eurovision 2015: and the winner is... video

Mans Zelmerloew celebrates winning the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden.

Australia's bid to show the Europeans how to do Eurovision is derailed.

15 Minutes with... Jarryd James

Australian musician Jarryd James is collaborating with Kiwi producer Joel Little.

Jarryd James is an Australian singer/ songwriter, based in Brisbane, tipped as Australian pop's "next big thing" after a big radio hit and tours with Angus & Julia Stone and the Nelson duo Broods. Interview by Grant Smithies.

The music of a man at peace

Michael Angelakos.

Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos has in recent years been more defined by his shaky mental health than by his music.

Grant Fell's greatest challenge yet

Grant Fell, perennially cool

Musician, publisher and fashion icon Grant Fell is facing his greatest challenge yet.

Dobbyn lays foundation for new album

Dave Dobbyn (middle) is back in the recording studio with Phoenix Foundation members Samuel Flynn Scott (left) and Luke Buda (right).

Dave Dobbyn is animated but relaxed as he talks about what he does best - write songs.

The jewel in the crown of Wellington's jazz festival

"I love to perform. I go into a trance I've been told. I can be talking to somebody and they say 'OK Dee Dee' and I become whatever, I don't know," says Dee Dee Bridgewater.

The jewel in the crown of next week's Wellington Jazz Festival is American singer Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Diana Krall is no wallflower

Diana Krall - Wallflower

REVIEW: Diana Krall runs for covers on her album Wallflower

Beyonce fans are mad video

Beyonce fans our angry about her pouring expensive champagne into a hot tub.

Beyonce fans are outraged at the singer's wasteful actions her latest music video.

K-Pop is catching on in New Zealand

Members of Auckland's ACE Dance crew, from left: Kary Cuo, Tina Wu , Vivian Xu, Pingping Pua, and Mina Han.

The K-Pop wave has hit New Zealand, bringing its sugar-coated, high-gloss pop to legions of young Kiwis.

David Shin: Going for gold video

David Shin Microdot

David Shin gave up the K-Pop treadmill to return to New Zealand. Now he wants another shot.

Morissette’s music memories

Alanis Morisette

Alanis Morissette thinks there is a "timelessness" to her album Jagged Little Pill.

Swift offers more beautiful life advice

Taylor Swift

An interview in Elle magazine has Taylor Swift being candid as ever with some more beautiful life advice.

Towers sing Are You Old Enough video

Towers cover Dragon's Are You Old Enough in celebration of NZ Music Month.

To mark NZ Music Month, Wellington-based indie-pop band Towers will cover well-known Kiwi songs.

Josh Groban

Josh Groban - Stages

REVIEW: When it comes to the like of Josh Groban, a cash cow for the industry, the bean counters must be puffing stogies and stuffing caviar at the board room meetings.

A second chance for a world-class conductor

Gary Brain conducts the London Philharmonia during a two day recording of Polish music in London in 1995. Brain was the first New Zealander ever to conduct the orchestra

Gary Clifford Dennis Brain, conductor and timpanist: b Palmerston North, August 12, 1943; m June Byng (diss), 1s, 1d; d Paris, France, April 20, 2015, aged 71.

10cc set to rock the Waikato

10CC have announced a seven date tour for the North Island in November.

English soft rock band 10cc will be performing in Hamilton this November.

Europe's best summer music festivals

Camp Bestival, Dorset: Perfect for the whole family.

From Brighton to Barcelona and beyond, here are the best music festivals for this European summer.

Gareth Farr's Secret Wellington

Gareth Farr, composer, at Owhiro Bay, Wellington, one of his favourite spots.

Composer Gareth Farr talks about his favourite spots in the capital.

Album of the Week: Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes are in top form on Sound & Color.

REVIEW: Alabama Shakes break new ground with Sound & Color.

Chris Cornell announces solo NZ tour

Soundgarden's Chris Cornell has announced a solo acoustic tour of New Zealand this November.

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has today announced a solo acoustic tour in November, playing Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.

Spotify to start offering videos

Spotify will soon be providing video content from musicians, news organisations and TV networks.

Spotify will soon be providing video content from musicians, news organisations and TV networks.

Kiwi musicians perform for music therapy fundraiser

Troy Kingi performs with Stan Walker on back-up vocals at last weekends WAIATA showcase.

Kiwi musicians are performing to help the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre.

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