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Paul Simon and Sting are rock royalty

Paul Simon & Sting perform to a packed house at the Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth.

REVIEW: Paul Simon and Sting lead a packed Bowl of Brooklands in a mass singalong of their classic hits.

Passenger holds audience spellbound

LOVELY CHAP: Singer-songwriter Passenger aka Mike Rosenberg.

For a man setting out to play "a few very depressing songs" Mike Rosenberg aka Passenger is a really funny guy.

Of mice and Malawian men

Malawi Mouse Boys play the WOMAD 2015 festival in Taranaki in March.

Ian Brennan has worked with Green Day and Kris Kristofferson but his latest project, roast mice by the roadside to earn a living.

Bravo Neil Finn, bravo

Neil Finn

OPINION: Neil Finn's desire to not have his songs used as hold music gets nothing but praise from me. 

Neil Finn baulks at his own music on hold


If you're thinking of using Neil Finn's music as your company's hold tune, think again. 

Flight of the Conchords talk tour

READYING  TO LAUNCH? Jemaine Clement says he is in talks with fellow Flight of the Conchords member Bret McKenzie about a tour later this year.

New Zealand's "fourth most popular folk duo", Flight of the Conchords, are set to reunite for an US tour.

Paul Simon and Sting rock Auckland

A FOR EFFORT AND ENERGY: Paul Simon and Sting.

REVIEW: You couldn't deny the effort and energy of these two old men: they gave full value by playing a 165-minute set without an intermission.

Broods to play their home town


Nelson's Broods have played to big crowds overseas but home-town gig is most nerve-racking.

Ellie Goulding enters chart high

Ellie Goulding sings on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.

Ellie Goulding's new song Love Me Like You Do, from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, is the highest new entrant on NZ's official singles chart this week.

Smiling in unison with Katy?

GETTING READY: Katy Perry has teased her Super Bowl plans.

Katy Perry's Super Bowl show plans: lions, sharks and a 'rebuttal' to Taylor Swift?

Angus and Julia Stone deliver

GREAT INDIE ACT: Australian folk duo Angus and Julia Stone

It might only be January but Angus and Julia Stone were already the most anticipated show of the year.

North West's first music video video

Kanye and North West

Kanye West's latest video, starring his two-year-old daughter North, will make your heart melt

Lance Armstrong's cameo in drug-filled music video video

TRASH-TALKER: Lance Armstrong in Mountain Lion's drug-themed music video.

'Punk rocker' Lance Armstrong has been enlisted to feature in a drug-filled music video released by his friend Tim Commerford.

Royal Blood assault Wellington

RAW ENERGY: Royal Blood

British duo Royal Blood were out prove that they deserve the hype.

Flying Lotus mesmerises Auckland crowd

OUT THERE: Flying Lotus

Fresh off the Laneway stage, Flying Lotus wows crowds at Auckland's Powerstation.

Deaf rapper makes himself heard

DEAF RAPPER: Hip-hop artist Sean Forbes is both def and deaf, mixing sign and rhyme for an audience ready to hear and feel.

Sean Forbes is the undisputed king of deaf hip-hop and he's bridging the cultural divide between the deaf and the hearing.

The Winery Tour is in full swing video

Winery Tour

For those of you who didn't make it our friends at the Winery Tour have made us a little video to share the fun.

Soprano's thank you to fans

New Plymouth's soprano Bryony Williams will give a special one-off concert to thank her many Taranaki supporters and fans.

Idol winner wants out of 'oppressive' contract

WANTS OUT: American Idol winner Phillip Phillips feels manipulated.

Claiming he has been forced to work for nothing American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is trying to escape his contract.

Why Triple J banned Taylor Swift

NOT ON TRIPLE J: Taylor Swift may have had one of the biggest songs of the year but you wouldn't have heard it on Triple J.

It may be the biggest outrage for Taylor Swift fans since Kanye West barged in on her VMAs speech.

Doctor Who's music maestro video

Peter Davison with a Dr Who monster ahead of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in Auckland.

Ben Foster has worked on the music for Doctor Who for a decade, next month he'll be pulling the strings at the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in Auckland.

Greek singer Demis Roussos dies at 68 video


Greek singer Demis Roussos, best known for his hit operatic pop ballads in the 1970s and 1980s has died aged 68.

Laneway Festival's hits and misses gallery

FKA Twigs

Laneway always delivers musically but struggles with a host of issues from missing shade, to long toilet lines and questionable sound quality.

Bach to the future

MUSICAL JOURNEY: Richard Apperley, left, and Michael Stewart at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul organ where they will play Bach’s 327 organ works over the course of 2015.

Tom Cardy talks to the two ambitious organists who will play all 327 Bach organ works this year.

Live: Auckland's Laneway Festival

PARTY TIME: Auckland's Laneway Festival has sold out again.

The sun is out, the party is on! We'll be bringing you live updates from Laneway Festival throughout the day.

Kanye & Rihanna's surprising new song

POWER TRIO: Paul McCartney, Rihanna and Kanye West have released a song.

Track featuring former Beatle Paul McCartney will have some fans scratching their heads.

Saviours of rock'n'roll video

ROYAL BLOOD: Ben Thatcher (left) and Mike Kerr.

Ben Thatcher of high-flying British rock duo Royal Blood had a lot of strange things happen to him and band mate Mike Kerr last year.

The Winery Tour hits the spot at Villa Maria gallery

Dave Dobbyn performs at the Winery Tour at Auckland's Villa Maria.

The Winery Tour appeals, clearly, to those who have long tired of the filthy toilets and the moshpit.

Adele 'planning world tour'

LADY GAGA: Adele! Come back to us! We've bled your first album dry of any emotional pathos and need more music to snotty cry to, filled with self loathing while feeling oddly empowered at the same time.

Rumour has it Adele's planning a 'proper world tour' next year, and Lady Gaga fuels rumours of a collaboration between the pair.

Princess Chelsea ready for Laneway video

Musician Chelsea Nikkel who perfoms as Princess Chelsesa will be in action at the Laneway Festival on Monday.

Princess Chelsea says she won't be hiding behind her instruments in her debut performance at Auckland's Laneway festival.

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