Gig of the Week

Flying solo

Christchurch crooner Jed Parsons reckons there are a few benefits to going on tour solo. "There's a lot more room on the private jet, you don't have to share all those seats with anybody," he laughs. The 26-year-old indie-pop muso returns...

Not your typical rapper

When you delve into the background of a rapper, an affluent Washington upbringing and reluctance to share opinions may not be what you'd expect. But then, Oddisee's not your typical rapper. The 33-year-old, whose real name is Amir Mohamed el Khalifa,...

Racing ahead

Marilyn Manson and Motown may not seem likely bedfellows, but Auckland band Racing fuses their styles together to create their own brand of hazy rock 'n roll. The four-piece, comprising of former The Checks members Ed Knowles (vocals) and Sven...

It’s business time

Bret McKenzie's really looking forward to playing music that's not all about jokes. It might seem a bit at odds with what Kiwis know and love him for, given he's one half of our 'fourth most popular folk duo'. But before...

Punk rock revival

If you were kicking around in New Zealand in the mid-noughties, you would've been hard pressed to miss Elemeno P. With a string of hits over three albums, the Auckland four-piece dominated the airwaves with classics like 11:57, Verona, Baby...

Reinventing himself

To say it's been a rollercoaster few years for Stan Walker would be an understatement. The Kiwi chart-topper's served as a judge on The X Factor NZ, during which two of his fellow judges were fired over offensive comments to...

Anchors aweigh

He's been a mainstay on the New Zealand music scene for more than three decades, but you'd still be hard pressed to find someone as passionate about the craft as Don McGlashan. The 59-year-old muso's in the middle of a...

Country queen

She's the young Kiwi singer who dreams of taking her music to Nashville, and after listening to country crooner Bronwyn, you get the feeling it may not be just a pipe dream. The Dunedin songstress is playing at Queenstown's Muskets...

Rising rock stars

It's not every day Rolling Stone magazine picks a Kiwi tune as its 'song of the summer', but the title's just one accolade among many for rising stars The Beths. The Auckland indie rockers are playing Queenstown for the first...

Bringing the fire

After 18 years at the top of the reggae game, Katchafire are still pouring and tears" into their music. The Kiwi reggae stars have just returned from several months overseas and bring new tunes to Queenstown's Loco for shows tomorrow...

Feeling snap-happy

At first glance, you might not necessarily pick Tom Sainsbury out of a crowd. But throw on a Snapchat filter and he's instantly recognisable as one of New Zealand's most popular comedians. The Auckland funny-man became an online sensation after his...

Sound of summer

They've got a new sound, new songs, a new tour, and Kiwi rockers Summer Thieves are gearing up to bring all three to Queenstown. The Otago favourites are heading to Yonder next Friday as part of a seven-show tour of...
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