Vinyl making a comeback

Roger Liddle

International Record Store Day is a chance to visit independent record stores and celebrate vinyl.

Palestinian rapper aims for global stage


Tamer Nafar has given voice to a generation of young, disaffected Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line.

Royal meeting: Lorde meets muse

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Lorde finally crosses paths with the inspiration for her monster hit Royals.

Pussy Riot uncowed after jail

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They've been whipped by Cossacks and imprisoned for two years - but Pussy Riot won't stop their activism.

Guest Blog: Rowland S. Howard's solo albums

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Rowland S. Howard began the interview by telling me he was dying. A couple of months later he was dead. Here's Grant McDougall's guest post...

AC/DC singer denies split


AC/DC confirms Malcolm Young has a "debilitating illness" but says the show will go on.

Lorde's 'wild experiences'


Lorde thinks her life is "so wild right now".

Lorde wins Taite award for Pure Heroine


More success for Lorde as she wins the Taite Music Prize for Pure Heroine - and splits winnings.

AC/DC's Malcolm Young 'suffering dementia'


AC/DC’s Malcolm Young is seriously ill and will not perform live again, a former label mate says.

Family flock to terminally ill Columbus

Ray Columbus

The family of terminally ill music legend Ray Columbus will be at his side for Easter.

Guest Blog: Dire Straits - Brothers Arms

Dire Straits


You'll remember that I asked you all to Gush Over Just One Album - we kick off the guest-post series today with duckduck girl.

Ed Sheeran to play free show in Auckland

Ed Sheeran

British singer songwriter Ed Sheeran is coming to New Zealand to play one free show in Auckland.

Rolling Stones confirm Auckland date

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The Rolling Stones will finish their On Fire tour on 22 November in Auckland.

AC/DC to split: report

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Illness rumoured behind imminent retirement of Australia's most iconic rock band.

The Best Album of 2014

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I'm calling the best album of 2014.

Happy videos bring Pharrell to tears

Pharrell, Oprah

His music is happy but Pharrell Williams couldn't help but cry when he saw what fans had done.

Dobbyn fretted over Pike tribute

 Dave Dobbyn

Dave Dobbyn worried whether his new composition on Pike River disaster does it justice.

Seven highlights from Coachella 2014

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From Daft Punk's comeback to Tupac in hologram, there's been some great Coachella shows.

Opera star Paul Potts hits out at bullies

Paul Potts

Opera singer Paul Potts says people shouldn't be afraid to speak out against bullying.

Drake asks people what they think of Drake


Drake went undercover with some very convincing facial prosthetics to find out what the public think of him.

Musician guilty of assaulting fan

Harry Huavi

Judge slates Harry Huavi, a member of hip-hop group Home Brew, for jumping off stage to 'whack' a fan.

The magic of Coachella


Yes, the desert is tough going, but it's all worth it to experience the magic of Coachella.

Lorde reaches new highes at Coachella


Months of touring has clearly instilled a greater confidence in Lorde, who owned the stage at Coachella.

The 2014 Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame: Nearvana

Lorde Nirvana


Did you see any of the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame this year?

Ozzy: Bieber's got nothing on me

Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne is adamant his past actions are much more debauched that Justin Bieber's.

Singer grateful for Major's advice

Oliver Sewell

A former choirboy turned Smokefreerockquest winner is now an up-and-coming opera star.

Friday Flashback: My first gig...

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I go to more gigs than you do - most likely.

Lorde gets Muppet treatment

Muppet Lorde

The Muppet Studio has given the Kiwi pop star a special honour by creating a Lorde Muppet.

Silver Scroll Awards come to Wellington

Apra Silver Scrolls

The annual ceremony for New Zealand's prestigious songwriter's prize the Apra Silver Scroll Awards will be at Wellington.

Review: Erykah Badu's royal performance

Erykah Badu

Although Erykah Badu was clearly the queen of the night, but the title for best solo performance was snatched by a member of the crowd.

In the house of blues

hugh laurie

Hugh Laurie has been a blues man for almost as long as he can remember, writes Shane Green.

When the screaming started


This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles tour of New Zealand in 1964.

Lorde hits another milestone

FINDING LORDE: Kiwi songstress Lorde performs at Silo Park in Auckland.

Kiwi teen Lorde's single Team has sold more than two million copies in the United States.

Finding a new favourite Prince album

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Reading the weighty Prince tome by Matt Thorne had me finding b-sides, going back to records and boots I hadn't heard in years,

Watch: First ever sign language rap battle

Sign Language Rap Battle

Jimmy Kimmel has launched the supposedly first sign language rap battle in history.

The wonderful and beautiful B.B. King



Yesterday the story was posted around the place that an "erratic" B.B. King was "painful to watch".

London Grammar earn political kiss of death

London Grammar

London Grammar may be one of the most talked about groups in Britain but at a cost.

Erratic BB King 'painful to watch'


Slowed by age and infirmity, including diabetes, B.B. King continues to tour, with sometimes painful results.

Mamma Mia: ABBA mark 40 years since breakthrough


Four decades on from the flares, fame and fabulousness, ABBA say they have no regrets.

Your gushings, please...

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It's time to reveal the winners.

Lorde wows crowed of 40,000


Kiwi singer Lorde has wowed 40,000 people when she played Lollapalooza festival in Brazil on Sunday.

Young DJ busy as business booming

High school DJ plays for Rihanna, Bruno Mars

Joshua Strand

While other 16-year-olds juggle homework Joshua Strand is busy attracting the attention of superstars.

A few starters for Monday...

simon sweetman


Okay, here's a few things for you to kick off your Monday; to kick off your week...

The rise of 5 Seconds Of Summer

 5 Seconds to summer

What Australian boy band 5 Seconds of Summer were like as 'painfully shy' music students.

Morcheeba: All smiles and back together


Morcheeba were the toast of the 90s trip-hop scene, then they fired their singer. Skye Edwards talks about why they made up.

Liam Finn fighting mediocrity

Liam Finn

Liam Finn is not interested in making easy to handle records.

Twenty years on, musicians remember Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain

Twenty years on from his untimely death, musicians remember Nirvana's influence.

Rolling Stones confirm NZ tour back on

Rolling Stones

It's official: The Rolling Stones will be back between October 25 and November 22.

Will Uncle Sam stop Miley Cyrus from twerking?

Miley Cyrus.

Of all the victims of western sanctions, one of the most unlikely is singer Miley Cyrus.

Updating The Worst

simon sweetman


Carlos Santana has had the biggest fall from grace. I realised this when had to listen to his embarrassing idea of "Guitar Classics".
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