First impressions are all important when launching a new console and the early entries into the Xbox One's library of games are a mixed bag.
The Korean Caravan Film Festival is visiting Nelson for the first time next Friday.
A brother-sister duo who won a Richmond Mall talent quest three years ago have been snapped up by a major US label.
It's fair to say that New Zealand's Got Talent defied expectations by unearthing a talent like Clara van Wel.
Guitar demigod Lee Ranaldo produced plenty of impressive solo work during his time with Sonic Youth, but since their unfortunate demise he has really come into his own as a composer.
NICK WARD - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe concept of a Kiwi supergroup is great - it's just a shame that it's led by Barnaby Weir, whose major contribution to Kiwi music has been the paint-by-numbers preachiness of Wellington cafe reggae.
© Fairfax NZ NewsModern folk artist Mel Parsons has spent 10 years building up her fan base the old-fashioned way, touring the country and winning hearts on the live circuit.
© Fairfax NZ NewsStuck for something to do this weekend? Check out our entertainment guide for all the latest gigs, concerts and events in and around the Nelson region.
NICK WARD - © Fairfax NZ NewsReign is the latest product of the history-as-told-by-beautiful-people school, which has already given us The Tudors and The Borgias.
LAUREN HAYES - © Fairfax NZ NewsTim Bartlett will slip into a familiar skin when he reprises the role of Dickie Hart in You Gotta Be Joking! at the Theatre Royal on Friday.
DAVID MANNING - © Fairfax NZ NewsREVIEW: A smart perceptive rom-com and a feelgood comedy made it an interesting week for reviewer Dave Manning.
Performers put faith in crowdfunding site
The actors behind the popular summer theatre at Fairfield House want to raise $10,000 to stage this summer's show The Three Musketeers.
LEE HENAGHAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe waiting is over: after months of rumours, hype and speculation the next generation of gaming is finally here.
It's back to the future for Flying Nun with one of their new signings. Brad Coley and Peter Westmoreland take the multilayered guitar attack section of the Nun canon, smarten it up and turn it to their own ends.
Peter Gabriel's 2010 covers album Scratch My Back was an odd beast, with its minimalist, string-drenched versions of everything from Paul Simon's Boy In the Bubble to Radiohead's Street Spirit (Fade Out).
NICK WARD - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe title of MIA's fourth album is based on her name, rather than any newfound appreciation of Maori culture - and this self-focus could be an indication that success has spoiled her.
DAVID MANNING - © Fairfax NZ NewsDavid Manning reviews a quartet of the latest DVD releases.
NAOMI ARNOLD - © Fairfax NZ NewsCairde, Nelson's popular five-women band, is calling it a day after 25 years of performing.
DAVID MANNING - © Fairfax NZ NewsREVIEW: It's back to the totalitarian facist state of Panem for reviewer Dave Manning this week.
© Fairfax NZ NewsYes, ladies, he's single. Understated charmer Mike O'Malley will be showing off his soothing voice at Fairfield House's Classy Crooners Cabaret next week.
Poets will moonlight as singer-songwriters when The Adulterators perform in Nelson and Motueka next week.
ALASTAIR PAULIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsBig Brother Australia, weekdays, 4.30pm, TV3 Reviewed by .
Drawn to music through his family, self-taught guitarist Chase Tangohau was surprised by a Monday morning phone call telling him he had won this year's Tasman's Got Talent.
NICK WARD - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Motorhead juggernaut rumbles on, but over the years Lemmy and his henchmen have followed a pattern of spinning their wheels with a few average albums before unleashing a stunner.
© Fairfax NZ NewsDavid Manning reviews three of this week's biggest DVD releases.
It's been over a decade since Cher's last album, but Closer to the Truth picks up where she left off with more of the same generic dance-pop.
© Fairfax NZ NewsPanic! at the Disco have always struggled to find their place in the world.
NICK WARD - © Fairfax NZ NewsREVIEW: A long time ago, it seemed that it was only a matter of time before Temuera Morrison made it in Hollywood. So what happened?
NAOMI ARNOLD - © Fairfax NZ NewsThere's something about the Riwaka Hotel in summer that turns crowds extra-crazy, Shapeshifter's Nick Robinson says.
A trio of American musos, led by the legendary Kelly Joe Phelps are playing at the Nelson School of Music next Thursday - just in time for Thanksgiving.
Sex addiction and unlikely stardom topped Dave Manning's movie review list this week.
NICK WARD - © Fairfax NZ NewsArcade Fire are best known as purveyors of big-sounding folk-rock righteousness, but Reflektor sees them exploring new territory - a double album influenced by Caribbean music and full of electronic sounds, courtesy of co-producer James Murphy, formerly of LCD Soundsystem.
After a three-year absence from the region, singer/songwriter Greg Johnson performs at Nelson's Boathouse on Friday night.
DAVID MANNING - © Fairfax NZ NewsREVIEW: Two good movies that could have been great - that's the score from reviewer Dave Manning this week.
Tour dedicated to sponsored children
BRYCE WASTNEY - © Fairfax NZ NewsNelson singer-songwriter Bryce Wastney is soon to visit his two sponsored children and tour Australia, playing acoustic gigs in churches, schools and bars to try to reach his target of getting 20 kids sponsored
ALASTAIR PAULIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsREVIEW: Prison Families Wednesdays, 8.05pm, TV3.
NICK WARD - © Fairfax NZ NewsInnocents sees Moby continuing the mood of coldness and isolation that characterised his last two releases, Destroyed and Wait For Me.
© Fairfax NZ NewsDavid Manning reviews four of the week's biggest DVD releases.
The programme for the 2014 Jazz and Blues Festival was launched at the Honest Lawyer last night.
DAVID MANNING - © Fairfax NZ NewsDavid Manning checks out a trio of new releases; The Lone Ranger, Stand Up Guys and Shadows of Liberty.
DAVID MANNING - © Fairfax NZ NewsREVIEW: Superhero antics fail to impress but a time-travel rom-com worked a little better for reviewer Dave Manning this week.
NICK WARD - © Fairfax NZ NewsREVIEW: Downton may be little more than big-budget soap opera, but it's always made an effort to tip its cap to grim reality.
© Fairfax NZ NewsThe awful Kisses On the Bottom seemed to indicate that Sir Macca's career was going to peter out in a dribble of mediocre albums for nostalgic baby boomers.
© Fairfax NZ NewsThe 2014 Woollaston Jazz and Blues Festival swings into town again on New Year's Day with a five-day feast of music.
Entrants from Nayland College and Nelson College for Girls walked off with the prizes at the Shortcuts film showcase last Sunday night.
REVIEW: Black Flag is quite an achievement, managing to not only be the best Assassin's Creed game to date, but also the best pirate game.
Something funny has happened to Christchurch music since the quakes.
DAVE MANNING - © Fairfax NZ NewsWorld War Z, The Place Beyond The Pines and Man of Steel are all viewed and reviewed this week.
ALASTAIR PAULIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsREVIEW: Scandal, Wednesdays 9.30pm, TV One
GRANT SMITHIES - © Fairfax NZ NewsSomething special is cooking in the Soul Kitchen. Grant Smithies lays down his recipe for a great night out at Deville's on Saturday.