International Record Store Day is a chance to visit independent record stores and celebrate vinyl.
Tamer Nafar has given voice to a generation of young, disaffected Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line.
Lorde finally crosses paths with the inspiration for her monster hit Royals.
They've been whipped by Cossacks and imprisoned for two years - but Pussy Riot won't stop their activism.
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 confirms Malcolm Young has a "debilitating illness" but says the show will go on.
Lorde thinks her life is "so wild right now".
More success for Lorde as she wins the Taite Music Prize for Pure Heroine - and splits winnings.
AC/DC’s Malcolm Young is seriously ill and will not perform live again, a former label mate says.
The family of terminally ill music legend Ray Columbus will be at his side for Easter.
SIMON SWEETMANYou'll remember that I asked you all to Gush Over Just One Album - we kick off the guest-post series today with duckduck girl.
British singer songwriter Ed Sheeran is coming to New Zealand to play one free show in Auckland.
The Rolling Stones will finish their On Fire tour on 22 November in Auckland.
Illness rumoured behind imminent retirement of Australia's most iconic rock band.
SIMON SWEETMANI'm calling the best album of 2014.
His music is happy but Pharrell Williams couldn't help but cry when he saw what fans had done.
Dave Dobbyn worried whether his new composition on Pike River disaster does it justice.
From Daft Punk's comeback to Tupac in hologram, there's been some great Coachella shows.
Opera singer Paul Potts says people shouldn't be afraid to speak out against bullying.
Drake went undercover with some very convincing facial prosthetics to find out what the public think of him.
Judge slates Harry Huavi, a member of hip-hop group Home Brew, for jumping off stage to 'whack' a fan.
Yes, the desert is tough going, but it's all worth it to experience the magic of Coachella.
Months of touring has clearly instilled a greater confidence in Lorde, who owned the stage at Coachella.
SIMON SWEETMANDid you see any of the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame this year?
Ozzy Osbourne is adamant his past actions are much more debauched that Justin Bieber's.
A former choirboy turned Smokefreerockquest winner is now an up-and-coming opera star.
SIMON SWEETMAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsI go to more gigs than you do - most likely.
The Muppet Studio has given the Kiwi pop star a special honour by creating a Lorde Muppet.
The annual ceremony for New Zealand's prestigious songwriter's prize the Apra Silver Scroll Awards will be at Wellington.
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.
Hugh Laurie has been a blues man for almost as long as he can remember, writes Shane Green.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles tour of New Zealand in 1964.
Kiwi teen Lorde's single Team has sold more than two million copies in the United States.
SIMON SWEETMAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsReading the weighty Prince tome by Matt Thorne had me finding b-sides, going back to records and boots I hadn't heard in years,
Jimmy Kimmel has launched the supposedly first sign language rap battle in history.
SIMON SWEETMANYesterday the story was posted around the place that an "erratic" B.B. King was "painful to watch".
London Grammar may be one of the most talked about groups in Britain but at a cost.
Slowed by age and infirmity, including diabetes, B.B. King continues to tour, with sometimes painful results.
Four decades on from the flares, fame and fabulousness, ABBA say they have no regrets.
SIMON SWEETMAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsIt's time to reveal the winners.
Kiwi singer Lorde has wowed 40,000 people when she played Lollapalooza festival in Brazil on Sunday.
High school DJ plays for Rihanna, Bruno Mars
While other 16-year-olds juggle homework Joshua Strand is busy attracting the attention of superstars.
SIMON SWEETMANOkay, here's a few things for you to kick off your Monday; to kick off your week...
What Australian boy band 5 Seconds of Summer were like as 'painfully shy' music students.
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 is not interested in making easy to handle records.
Twenty years on from his untimely death, musicians remember Nirvana's influence.
It's official: The Rolling Stones will be back between October 25 and November 22.
Of all the victims of western sanctions, one of the most unlikely is singer Miley Cyrus.
SIMON SWEETMANCarlos Santana has had the biggest fall from grace. I realised this when had to listen to his embarrassing idea of "Guitar Classics".