Forget the concrete, enjoy the music

The mythical phoenix gains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. So there appears to be a certain retrospective irony in Tauranga City Council’s decision to strip the Mount carpark of that name. Even phoenixes would have a hard...... Read More

Not over for The Narcs

There are a bunch of ‘nostalgia’ acts playing around the Bay during summer, but The Narcs aren’t one of them. So what’s the difference, in a holiday season that’s bringing us Toto, Jefferson Starship and too many others...... Read More

Bless the rains down in Tauranga

One of the world’s favourite American rock bands will meet Tauranga residents all the way, at what’s been pegged as the region’s hottest gig of the summer. Toto touches down in Tauranga on January 9 at Trustpower Baypark, supported...... Read More

Kudos for the contribution

I think I can say – without fear of contradiction – that we’re getting close to the end of the year. Let’s assume that y’all by now have plans for New Year’s Eve. There’s a lot going on, so have fun and do...... Read More

The Blues Are Coming To Town

A wise man once said: ‘The blues is like a plain glass’ –  I tend to agree. The idea is that the basic structure and building blocks of the blues are so simple, so transparent, that there is nothing to disguise the contents,...... Read More

Oasis of musical calm in the madness

In an unpredictable world, it’s good to know some things stay the same. And, as the chaos of Christmas draws ever closer, that’s what the Winston Watusi column is here for – to help keep everything on an even course, an oasis of calm...... Read More

Discovering People of Paradise

The Bay now has greater opportunity for self-examination, with the launch last week of a new online magazine show,  People of Paradise. This is the brainchild of local musician Shirley Ryder and Wellingtonian Lynda Ford who, amongst other things,...... Read More

Remembering the impact of Nicolas Roeg

Let’s divert from music to film. English director Nicolas Roeg, 90 years old, died this week. He made weird, evocative films that seriously messed up my youth. I’ve always been hugely grateful. Roeg started as a clapper boy in the early...... Read More

Albums, gigs – get ‘em while they’re hot!

Can I be the first to ask, where did the year go? When this paper goes to print there’ll be a month ‘til Christmas Eve. Seriously? But let’s not be alarmed. Following the straight and narrow this week I have more of the usual: new...... Read More

Refreshing some of the old favourites

The Andrew London Trio have been fairly frequent visitors to the Bay since their emergence from previous band, Hot Club Sandwich, in 2012. In that time they’ve also recorded five albums, primarily focusing on Andrew’s humorous satirical...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Do you think the rise in tax will deter people from smoking?

Yes, it will be too expensive.
No, if people want to smoke, they will find a way to pay for it.
Depends on the person's available income.