It was seven years ago. I was in my little home office in Nelson, and on the other end of the phone was so-called “Godfather of Goth” Robert Smith, lead singer of British band The Cure.
FIELD OF REEDS These New Puritans (Liberation) The only thing puritanical about English “electronic composer” Jack Barnett and his drummer brother George’s South-end-on Sea musical project is the sometimes stark and strict adherence to experimentation.
Simon Gooding and Brendon Morrow already knew their way around the studio as session musicians for other bands and had already mapped out their future before they ever met. While studying audio engineering at SAE in Byron Bay, Australia, they shared a cramped dorm room, and discovered a mutual love for Radiohead, The Beatles and The Mars Volta and when they returned to Auckland, The Map Room was already half born.
Steve Logan is very excited.
Gangnam Style is a hard act to follow, but South Korean rapper Psy hopes his much-anticipated new single, released at midnight, will achieve equal success. The video for Gangnam Style has become the most watched item on YouTube with more than 1.5 billion hits and Psy’s horse-riding moves sparked an international dance craze.
The world is waiting with bated breath for the follow-up to last year’s hit Gangnam Style. But with Psy’s latest single set to be released this week, the K-Pop star is starting to feel the pressure
Strong displays of national pride don’t come naturally for many of us.
Christchurch dubstep outfit Truth have been thrilling dance floors around the world, and this week the duo, Andre Fernandez and Tristan Roake, performed at the influential South by Southwest (SXSW) showcase in Austin, Texas. SXSW Music is the largest music festival of its kind in the world, with more than 2500 performers and bands playing in more than 100 venues over one week
OLD YELLOW MOON Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
How did Prince close out South by Southwest Music Festival’s week-long showcase of rock ‘n roll By naturally throwing a totally different kind of party: a grooving, brass band-backed funk fest that stretched to 3am and outlasted many fans lucky enough to get inside the exclusive show that also featured A Tribe Called Quest.