Murray Burns vividly remembers the night in 1980 when then-prime minister Rob Muldoon attended a Mi-Sex gig in Wellington. At the time there was a bid to have tax taken off local products and it was argued that records by local artists should be included
Who cares about Blur or Snoop The only singer we want to see headlining BDO Auckland is Lorde.
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.
Kiwis in the music business are not about to follow international music star Thom Yorke and yank their music from streaming site Spotify, but there is support for the Radiohead singer. Yorke, who also has solo side projects, this week pulled his solo music from the site, posting on Twitter that he was “standing up for our fellow musicians”
At 83, choreographer and former ballet dancer Russell Kerr has seen it all.
He’s a musician without a record label, a card holder without any remaining credit.
FLIGHT FROM THE INSIDE Into The East (Rhythmethod) A lot of New Zealand artists could learn a thing or two from Into The East. The Southland duo of Graeme Woller and Liv McBride have been refining their craft for the past nine years and have finally released their debut album which McBride says “had a mind of its own and we knew it had to be realised”.
She swears, shouts and likes a good game of “rugger” – screen star Julie Andrews has revealed she’s not always as sweet as a spoonful of sugar. The veteran Mary Poppins and Sound of Music star is in New Zealand for her latest stage show, An Evening with Julie Andrews, which plays tomorrow
Former Waimate songstress Kaylee Bell is off to Nashville.
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