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We continue the occasional series wherein Winston expounds on things that currently make him happy. And this week he's very happy. As happy as a monkey in a monkey tree. Happy about gigs, happy about albums, happy about sharing a new drink with...

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Sinead's final song, X Factor unknowns and movie night. It was a good week for New Zealand on the international stage.I know this because yesterday morning, as I browsed The Guardian website while juggling a cup of tea and fending off cats, I found...

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On the music front it continues to be insanely busy in the Bay.I've been trying to find the time to write about the sort of divertingly tangential stuff that skews closer to Rogers Rabbits than an entertainment column. But music keeps intruding......

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I sometimes get asked to put on concerts for touring acts coming through Tauranga.The first thing I always ask, if I don't know the particular band or performer, is ‘what do they do, in as few words as possible?'And if the answer is...

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Some friends were round the other day and, what with these new drink driving laws impacting everyone's partying, I noticed all of us were consuming low alcohol beverages of one sort or another. Which naturally led to reminiscence about Ritchie Pickett,...

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‘Tis the season to be merry, tra-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. Oh, hang on. That was the festive season.What we're enjoying now is the festival season. Best to keep your weekends free for the foreseeable future, as each one brings forth a new festival....

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My favourite video store is closing at the end of this month; I'm in mourning.That may seem like an extreme reaction. But I like video stores, in the same way that I like bookshops and those quaint places where people used to buy CDs. Sometimes...

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We continue the occasional series wherein Winston expounds on things that currently make him happy. And two things made Winston extremely happy this week – two new local albums. Well, part-local. Half of one band is local and a quarter of the other...

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Perhaps my memory's waning, but I can't remember the start of a year with more events happening in the Bay.Every weekend from New Year onwards has been crammed with concerts, festivals, markets, competitions – pretty much anything you...

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Some things seem meant to be – that's how I feel watching Swamp Thing play.I've seen them several times now, most recently at a festival in Northland a couple of weeks ago.  It was one of those sweltering summer days we're...

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