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Heavenly pop hits

Adored in their home country and with a cult following overseas, legendary Dunedin band The Chills have a backstory to rival the back catalogue. In the ’80s and ’90s, Martin Phillipps’ ethereal pop songs — Pink Frost, I Love My...
A Queenstown family trio will be in charge of the tunes at this weekend’s Autumn Festival party in Arrowtown. The Hamiltones, who’ve been in the resort for about a decade, will be amping up the crowd this Saturday. Dad Ivan Hamilton...
Talented Queenstown musician Margaret O'Hanlon says she was taunted into putting out her first album. O'Hanlon, who's releasing 11 original songs, formerly directed five Songstars shows, in which artists performed song covers in front of local audiences, who then judged...
Max Evans admits to being slightly obsessed with music. The fiddle-playing Canadian, frontman of All Day Breakfast, plays Queenstown next Thursday as part of a 25-gig, New Zealand-wide tour. It isn’t a traditional folk set — he describes the genre as “mountain...
As a teenager, techno DJ Third Son — real name Joseph Thomas Price — was obsessed with movie soundtracks. It’s seeped into the music he produces today and the 26-year-old Brit says it’s important to have strong themes running through all...
Despite having played sold-out arena tours across the globe, Midge Ure reckons true musicianship is being able to be both a rock star and an intimate performer. “The small intimate gigs are about being able to see the whites of...
The voice behind a Wellington band first released music under a random name so nobody would know it was her — not even her mum. The name, French for Rabbits, stayed and so did the music. Today the dream pop-band are...
The fact Detroit Swindle’s world tour includes Queenstown is down to geography. The Euro house DJs, Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets, pondered playing a town as far away from their Amsterdam base as possible and then locked the resort in. The pair...
Chris Jagger isn't sure how Tuesday's Arrowtown gig will play out. But he reckons the audience is in for a treat. The singer-songwriter – Mick Jagger's younger brother – will be joined by Brit pianoman Ben Waters and Rolling Stones members...

Hollie feels the fear

After a decade of bewitching us all with award-winning music, Hollie Smith still felt the fear recording her third solo album. Water Or Gold was a struggle, says Smith, who plays an intimate gig at The Sherwood this coming Wednesday. It saw...
Archer Shepherd once proposed to Flora Knight. She said no. The pair are playing The Sherwood on Valentine’s Day, but don’t expect soppy or cheesy romantic tales. Think heartbreak, country tunes and folk music — with a wee bit of banter...
Gigging with one of New Zealand’s top bands never gets old. Fat Freddy’s Drop hits Queenstown for an outdoor concert this weekend and Tony Chiang, aka Toby Laing, says the boys can’t wait to head south. Despite touring since the early...
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