Music

2014's Great Songwriters

SIMON SWEETMAN

The cream rises to the top - if you're good enough you'll make it, the best will shine through.

Giant steps for London-based Kiwi band

I Am Giant

London-based Kiwi rockers I Am Giant took inspiration from Pink Floyd for their new album.

Monae has secret Obama video

Janelle Monae

American R&B artist Janelle Monae apparently has a "top secret" video of the US president dancing.

To be Frank

SIMON SWEETMAN

The movie Frank is a celebration of music - of music-making, of the kinship and camaraderie.

Indian music expert dies in Auckland

Sitar

One of India's leading music experts has died in Auckland, Indian media report.

William Close likes his instruments big

William Close

Earth harp creator William Close lands record deal with his 300-metre string instrument.

Protest spirit revived with new song

Chris Baigent

Hamilton's Garden Place will be the venue for what's being touted as ''a one-off historical performance''.

Jeremy Redmore releases his first solo album

Jeremy Redmore

Jeremy Redmore, former frontman of Kiwi band Midnight Youth, is releasing his debut solo album this Friday.

Quake refugee's career takes off

rebecca nelson

The dream is slowly coming true for a Christchurch singer who moved to Nelson after the 2011 earthquake.

Kim Dotcom set to mingle at Party party

Stu Maxwell and Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom has pushed rewind on the Internet Party party after his last attempt was canned.

John Frusciante's solo career

simon sweetman

SIMON SWEETMAN

The best thing John Frusciante ever did was leave The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Music festival set to rock Masterton CBD

1ukeS

The Black Seeds will be headlining a new street festival in the Wairarapa over Labour Weekend.

Lana Del Rey 'didn't sleep her way to the top'

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey says sleeping with men in the music industry didn't land her any record deals.

Weird Al's weirdly succesful week in music

If "Weird Al" Yankovic has tracked down your personal email address, you're likely his next parody conquest.

The devils you should know

Devilskin

As album titles go, Hamilton rock band Devilskin's debut release We Rise certainly proved prophetic.

Lorde and lyrics

Graeme Downes

Music professor Dr Graeme Downes cites Lorde when he want to shake up his students.

The guitar riff of a lifetime

Brian May

It took Ken Houston 57 years to find a piece of music that really moved him but it was worth the wait.

Window into modern recording

britney spears

The leaked recording of Britney Spears' Alien tells more about modern recording than her warbling.

New Zealand's answer to Pharrell Williams

Al Pharrell Williams

Do these Christchurch pensioners have sweeter moves than Pharrell Williams?

Oh, the places a Neil Finn show will go!

simon sweetman

SIMON SWEETMAN

It was great news to wake up to - Neil Finn will tour New Zealand in September of this year.

Anika Moa sings way to national awards

Anika Moa

Christchurch songstress wins two national awards for her beautifully crafted children's music.

Neil Finn is heading on tour

Neil Finn

Kiwi singer-songwriter legend Neil Finn is taking his latest album "Dizzy Heights" on the road.

This Ladi's got it going on

Ladi6

With her music in hot demand and a US tour coming up, Ladi6 is trying - and failing - to not be overwhelmed by it all.

Soundtrack to my life: Daimon Schwalger

Daimon Schwalger the Nomad

Daimon Schwalger aka The Nomad - DJ, producer, recording artist - talks about the music that had a big impact on him.

When the music stops

Greg Shaw

For 20 years I loved Everyman Records, a magnet for local eccentrics and musical obsessives, but now it is no more.

Zappa knew how to let riffs rip

Frank Zappa

With a varied album collection I've heard it all and when it comes to guitarists, Frank Zappa's unbeatable.

Soprano lands a top London spot

Singing for her supper

Bianca Andrew

Wellington soprano Bianca Andrew is packing her bags after winning a spot at a renowned British music school.

The Madden Brothers top NZ chart

Joel Madden

The Madden brothers head the latest New Zealand top 40 singles chart.

Broods perform at Late Night with Seth Meyers

Broods

Kiwi duo Broods' fan base has just gotten a whole lot bigger after performing at Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Time to celebrate Children's music

Anika Moa

The Children's Music Awards celebrate music written for Kiwi kids. For the first time they will be presented live on What Now on Sunday.

Flying on the wings of horses

John Grenell

John Grenell turns 70 this weekend and you're invited to help him celebrate.

Doprah has the world in a spin

Doprah

Statistically, apparently, Christchurch band Doprah are tipped to be the next big sound by Billboard.

Lorde bags two VMA nominations

lorde

MTV Video Music Award nominations have been announced with Lorde named in two categories.

Bring The Family: redux/revisited

simon sweetman

SIMON SWEETMAN

I love John Hiatt's Bring The Family though - it suffers for its eighties sound. What's your fantasy re-record project?

Best guitar riff of all time: your picks

nirvana Curt Cobain

Smells Like Teen Spirit? Whole Lotta Love? Satisfaction? What's the best guitar riff of all time?

A 'love letter to peace'

stradivarius violin

A Wellington composer is gathering musicians from all over the world for a symphony dedicated to those affected during WWI.

Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart in drag

Just One of the Guys

See these actresses as you have never seen them before.

Who has the best ever guitar riff?

Joan Jett

Back in Black? Sweet Child of Mine? Whole Lotta Love? What is the best guitar riff of all time?

"Queen" + Lambert = No Thanks!

simon sweetman

SIMON SWEETMAN

So we're supposed to be excited that two of the members of Queen are touring here with a guy who came second in a TV popularity song-and-dance show.

Queen with Lambert announce NZ show

Queen with Adam Lambert

Queen with Adam Lambert has announced one New Zealand show at Auckland’s Vector Arena on September 3. 

Weird Al's conspiracy twist on Lorde's Royals

Weird Al Lorde parody

When Weird Al Yankovic takes on Lorde, it's all about food freshness and conspiracy theories.

Weird Al's grammar gaffe in Word Crimes song

Al Yankovic

Weird Al Yankovic is so busy ripping pop stars apart that he didn't notice his own mistake in his latest video.

Let's (not) Talk About Love

SIMON SWEETMAN

It's my birthday today. Same time every year.

Lily Allen banned from Game of Thrones

Lily Allen

Lily Allen has been banned from talking about Game Of Thrones.

Rhythm and Alps festival final lineup announced

Rhythm and Alps

The final lineup of the second Rhythm and Alps in Cardrona has been announced.

Watch: Robert Plant's Rainbow

Robert Plant

Watch the video to the first single, Rainbow, of Robert Plants new album.

Metal boy band sign $2 million deal

Unlocking the Truth

A day of busking saw them scouted by Metallica, and seal a record deal.

Mike D on the end of the Beastie Boys

mike d

Beastie Boys is no more and 48-year-old Michael Diamond aka Mike D is still figuring things out.

Kristin Hersh to play three NZ dates in August

simon sweetman

SIMON SWEETMAN

Kristin Hersh is returning to New Zealand. And soon.

Ricky Martin announces NZ shows

Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin will be living la vida loca in April next year, when he plays four concerts in New Zealand.
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