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By GUY WILLIAMS Arrowtown alternative rock band The Seaside Stranglers are throwing a party in the town tonight night to mark the release of their EP, Quick, Fast and Deadly. Frontman-bassist Sam Maxwell, 25, says the gig at Slow Cuts is...
By PHILIP CHANDLER An up-and-coming indie-pop muso from Arrowtown drops another single tomorrow. Sofia Machray, 21, a former Wakatipu High student who’s now based in Wellington, is releasing Milky Ways on streaming platforms including Spotify and YouTube. A video follows a few...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Matt Beachen vivdly remembers being at work, painting houses, in 2017 when he and one of his bandmates would hear their song play on the radio six times a day. Fast-forward and that song, Drax Project’s Woke Up...

Back in the House

By GUY WILLIAMS Nick Seymour feels like he’s just come out of rehab. Although he’s never actually been in rehab, that’s how Crowded House’s bass guitarist feels about his fortnight’s spell in quarantine last month. Fresh off the plane from Ireland, where he’s...

Electric atmosphere expected

By MATTHEW MCKEW It was a ride on a downtown Auckland bus that launched a journey of a lifetime, catapulting the line-up of Stellar* into the pop stratosphere. Andrew Maclaren still remembers that life-changing but modest trip. There was no limo, no...

Arrowtown band going places

By PHILIP CHANDLER A new Arrowtown alternative rock band comprising three uber-talented musos is hitting the road to see how far they’ll go. The Seaside Stranglers — frontman/bassist Sam Maxwell, 25, his brother, lead rhythm guitarist Tom, 32, and drummer Sam...

Young rockstars

By PHILIP CHANDLER Wakatipu High’s musical talent rocks. Two Year 13 students have achieved amazing success in the national Smokefreerock quest competition for the second year running. Last year, as Haven, Ryan Connaghan and Harrison Maguire, both 17, along with Jack Wilson —...
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