As one of the most difficult games of recent years, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is probably not one for the faint-hearted.
© Fairfax NZ NewsREVIEW: Action, excitement and suspense - at times of disbelief - feature in reviewer Dave Manning's caseload this week.
NICK WARD - © Fairfax NZ NewsClassically trained LA resident Matthew Hemerlein pieced together the songs for his debut album while trekking around the world for three years, and it's an extremely impressive production that reflects both his natural gifts and the lessons learned from his travels.
Thor: The Dark World, Thanks for Sharing and Beyond the Edge.
For their fourth album, these London indie-rockers have continued with the electronica-oriented sound of their last release, 2011's A Different Kind of Fix, while also diving headfirst into the world music part of their influences.
British singer Lloyd Cole will perform a concert at Nelson's Old St John's in early June, with New Zealand's Greg Johnson returning from Los Angeles to join the bill.
NAOMI ARNOLD - © Fairfax NZ NewsAlmost all of the concerts on opera trio Sol3 Mio's national tour, including the show at Nelson College this month, are sold out.
© Fairfax NZ NewsClub Paradox is set to welcome top drum and bass DJ Jubei for the first in a new series of monthly, bass-heavy club/warehouse events.
ALASTAIR PAULIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsFrank Underwood would appreciate the irony that coverage of House of Cards has focused largely on the how rather than the what.
NICK WARD - © Fairfax NZ NewsYou never know what you're going to get with a side project, but it should at least reflect the level of talent involved.
New project aims to revive live music in region
The "dire" lack of live music for Nelson teenagers is about to be rectified by a new project.
Curtain finally falls on iconic arts venue
STACEY KNOTT - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe New St building with the striking mosaic on the front was at the hub of many Nelson teenagers' lives until its closure last year. With demolition set to begin on Monday, Stacey Knott revisits an old stomping ground
Standout entertainer Gina Keating stole the show at the 29th NZ Sun City Country Music Awards.
The Winery Tour featuring The Exponents and Stan Walker drew a crowd of about 800 to Neudorf Vineyard last night.
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REVIEW: Actors' big losses deserve big rewards, writes reviewer Dave Manning
NICK WARD - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe true mark of an elder statesman is being able to still spring a surprise from time to time.
Dan Walsh is described as one of Britain's best banjo players, but he's a pretty good all-round folkie fretsman.
It was only natural that this Christchurch trio would gravitate towards New Zealand's spiritual home of noisy melodic guitar pop, and their debut album is a worthy addition to a fine tradition.
© Fairfax NZ NewsNew Zealand annual celebration of French cinema hits Nelson on March 5. James Croot got a sneak preview of some of the eclectic films on offer.
NAOMI ARNOLD - © Fairfax NZ NewsAfter almost four years on the road and many weeks in a smoke-filled studio in Paris, Flip Grater arrives in Nelson this week for two concerts.
After declaring bankruptcy three years ago, former Phat Club owner Dave White is back in business.
The long-awaited Titanfall is a tight and well-balanced FPS that creates a perfect blend of tactical tension and all-out action.
DAVID MANNING - © Fairfax NZ NewsREVIEW: A romantic fantasy and a Disneyfied take on making the Mary Poppins movie filled out reviewer Dave Manning's week.
ALASTAIR PAULIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsREVIEW: Geeks of the world rejoice. The new superhero spinoff is here, and it is created by Joss Whedon, the man behind superhero mash-up movie The Avengers
NAOMI ARNOLD - © Fairfax NZ NewsOne of the world's best trumpeters, James Morrison is set to wow Nelson at Opera in the Park this weekend.
Experienced Wellington pop-rockers Supermodel list Queen among their influences, and their love of Freddie and friends stands out loud and clear on their second album
Thinking and feeling, rather than preaching, have made Switchfoot one of the few Christian acts to achieve huge crossover success.
© Fairfax NZ NewsAppearing at Nelson's Theatre Royal on Saturday night is Pete Langford, a founding member of famous British musical comedy group the Barron Knights, dubbed one of the most entertaining groups of the 1960s and 1970s.
DAVID MANNING - © Fairfax NZ NewsFilm reviewer Dave Manning rarely gives five stars - this week he hands out two.
NICK WARD - © Fairfax NZ NewsREVIEW: Another year has begun with the usual smorgasbord of new shows, and this season's collection includes a couple of charismatic villains.
© Fairfax NZ Newsthe mega-success of The Otherside would seem like a hard act for Breaks Co-op to follow, but their extended hiatus since then – including Zane Lowe returning to his BBC gig – has actually been for personal reasons.
© Fairfax NZ NewsAn effervescent Jordan Luck is enjoying something of a holiday on the Classic Hits Winery Tour. He's been touring, but very languorously.
Opera in the Park is back with yet another star-studded lineup, including renowned Musician Tama Waipara.
© Fairfax NZ NewsMusic lovers can look forward to some inspiring international performers at the 2015 Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson next year.
LEE HENAGHAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsREVIEW: Despite the bland stereotypes and one-dimensional characters, Dead Rising 3's first DLC episode is heaps of fun to play.
ALASTAIR PAULIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsREVIEW: This sitcom would love to have the beating heart and sugar zing of Modern Family but feels like a frozen dessert confection more than a icecream sundae.
NICK WARD - © Fairfax NZ NewsGreen Day's frontman is a surprising choice of partner for Norah Jones's first collaborative album, a reworking of the Everly Brothers' seminal 1958 collection of American folk tunes, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, which is given added poignancy by Phil Everly's recent passing.
DAVID MANNING - © Fairfax NZ NewsREVIEW: Two movies on in Nelson depict the lives of remarkable men, writes David Manning.
© Fairfax NZ NewsGroundbreaking Aussie comic Carl Barron brings his tour of New Zealand to Nelson on Sunday.
© Fairfax NZ NewsHot on the heels of a year of sold-out shows and rave reviews Auckland alt-folksters Bond Street Bridge return to the Playhouse on Saturday.
© Fairfax NZ NewsA brief, yet highly-lauded three-minute appearance in a New Zealand's Got Talent heat brought Bay of Plenty's Swamp Thing to national attention.
© Fairfax NZ NewsREVIEW: A superb cast, interesting plot and deft direction sold reviewer Dave Manning.
© Fairfax NZ NewsTV3 has taken the early initiative in local small-screen current affairs ways Nick Ward.
© Fairfax NZ NewsIt's been eight years since acclaimed Irish musician and songwriter Gerry O'Beirne was last in New Zealand, but next week he's bringing his music to The Mussel Inn and The Free House as part of a national tour.
© Fairfax NZ NewsWhen two of Australasia's greatest singer-songwriters teamed up for a tour of the lucky sandbox last year, the results were effortlessly magical.
You may have seen Grant Haua and Michael Barker on NZ's Got Talent, serving up another snarling, yelping Kiwi interpretation of the sounds of the American South.
The Mamaku Project's busy mixture of Kiwi-French cabaret, jazz and world music sometimes threatens to collapse under the weight of its ambition, so it's a pleasure to report that they have rediscovered the pleasures of simplicity.
Nelson duo Broods are thrilled with their producer's Grammy win. Could they be next for global success?