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Gaga's weird Superbowl prep

Lady Gaga can add "DIY" to her many talents.

Ahead of the biggest - and most dangerous - halftime show in history, the pop star undertakes some DIY.

The Mockers come back home

The Mockers are back for a reunion tour.

An authentic slice of live 80s music is being served up across New Zealand, for one last reunion tour.

Closer to Lorde's secret album

Lorde's second release album is surely only months away.

How much longer can we wait? Lorde hints her new album is almost ready to go live.

Five songs for Trump's inauguration

Donald Trump's inauguration will be less than star-studded this Friday (US).

All I Do Is Win because I'm The Man and it's my Party In The USA.

The Bats are back

The Bats, from left to right, Robert Scott, Malcolm Grant, Kaye Woodward and Paul Kean.

One iconic 1980s Kiwi band not only has a new album, but a couple of gigs across the Tasman.

Katy Perry takes a dig at Trump

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives with singer Katy Perry during a campaign rally in Des Moines, ...

Yet another celebrity has come out against in-coming president Donald Trump, without even a mention of his name. 

Ready for an April head banger

The band is called Heavy Metal Ninjas and they're performing alongside Protest The Hero.

Protest The Hero and Heavy Metal Ninjas announce Auckland concert.

Folk fans take heed of Tweed

Steff Werman, Devin Ashton and Nancy Howie of Tweed.

With a debut album ready for release and a tour to follow, 2017 is shaping up to be a big year for alternative folk band Tweed.

The ghosts of inaugurations past

Kelly Clarkson sings My Country 'Tis of Thee during swearing-in ceremony for U.S. President Barack Obama in 2013.

The new president's big day wasn't always so contentious. It was an honour to perform, no matter your politics.

Giveaway: Win a double pass to The Winery Tour

Benny Tipene performing live.

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McCaw's wedding tunes revealed

Richie McCaw was reportedly in charge of two things for the wedding day, suits, and music.

There was no "Here Comes the Bride" to be heard. Fleetwood Mac was the order of the day.

Fat Freddy's Drop in on festival

Fat Freddy's Drop will headline Te Ra O Te Raukura.

Fat Freddy's Drop are headlining a music festival in Waiwhetu.

Fat Freddy Drops back in

Fat Freddy's Drop will perform at February's Splore festival.

Local jazz-dub stalwarts Fat Freddy's Drop will headline Splore​, their third time at the festival.

Ruha heading to Chile

Singer-songwriter Rob Ruha wants to work with rangatahi Māori to prepare them for festivals.

Multi-award winning musician Rob Ruha has a bumper year ahead of him.  

Kiwis miss chance to Pitch

Ever dreamed of being a Barden Bella? New Zealanders are out of luck with Elizabeth Banks' new competition to be ...

Pitch Perfect contest strikes a bum note with Kiwi fans.

George Michael's car becomes shrine video

Fans mourning the late singer.

The late singer's Land Rover has been covered in flowers, messages and other tributes.

Cole seeking less of a commotion

"If there suddenly was to be a plague of muteness it wouldn't be a bad thing at all," believes UK singer/songwriter ...

Having made his reputation with words and melodies, the British singer/songwriter is now hoping for silence and no words he can understand.

Idol star arrested at strip bar

Shannon Noll, runner up of the first Australian Idol in 2003, was arrested at the weekend.

What About Me singer Shannon Noll lost his cool outside the Crazy Horse strip club.

Posh suing the Spice Girls?

Victoria Beckham was reportedly suing to stop her former bandmates singing Spice Girls songs.

Victoria Beckham really, really wants her former bandmates to stop singing the group's pop hits.

Singer ditches Trump inauguration

Singer Jennifer Holliday apologised to fans for her "lapse in judgment".

Jennifer Holliday says she had a "lapse in judgment" in agreeing to perform for the US President-elect.

The Questionnaire: Ge Luz

Ge Luz

Meet the Brazilian chef who is also serving up some spicy music to Aucklanders next weekend.

My year of concerts and protests

Justin Bieber is performing one New Zealand show at Mt Smart Stadium in March and Alice Snedden will be there - seated, ...

Opinion: The compelling nature of marching for a cause - and watching a car crash of a concert

Us Two: State of Mind

Patrick Hawkins and Stuart Maxwell of the Kiwi Drum and Bass group State of Mind have been friends for 15 years.

Meet the duo behind the Kiwi Drum and Bass group.

Prince's $50,000 parties video

Prince and Manuela Testolini at the 77th annual Academy Awards in 2005.

"No restriction on spending": Inside Prince's luxe lifestyle of parties and designer labels.

Listening Post: Gillian Welch/Shaun Escoffery/Microcosm/Shapeshifter

Gillian Welch performing at the Newport Folk Festivl in 2015 with Dave Rawlings, far left, and Johnny Gabriel during the ...

Gillian Welch

Buddy Holly's guitarist dies

Tommy Allsup has died, aged 85.

The toss of a coin spared Rommy Allsup from the plane crash that killed Holly and Richie Valens in 1959.

Salt-N-Pepa: 'The 90s rocked, it ruled'

Salt-N-Pepa (Sandra 'Pepa' Denton left, Cheryl 'Salt' James right) are coming to New Zealand in June as part of the I ...

Salt-N-Pepa's here - or at least they will be soon.

BAYNK to make mark at Womad

Jock Nowell-Usticke, who performs under the stage name Baynk, is coming to Womad NZ.

"Connecting with people face to face and seeing them dance and react to the music is so important for me."

Five acts to watch at Laneway

Laneway Festival stands out as one of the best summer festivals in the country.

Your guide to all the best of St Jerome's Laneway Festival.

Kiwi showing Sam Smith her home

Kiwi model Emma Champtaloup is showing English singer Sam Smith around her home country.

The English Bond Theme singer is not touring New Zealand alone.

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