A Slice of The Whittakers

I like The Whittakers, and I like A Slice of The Whittakers. There are many ways to judge an album when you write a review – a whole bunch of criteria, such as recording quality, musicianship and songwriting skill – but one big thing  for...... Read More

Reasons to be cheerful – Part 41

We return to the occasional series wherein Winston expounds on things currently making him happy. This week it’s gigs – specifically this week’s gigs. Next week there’s another album to review, but so much diverse music is happening...... Read More

What ever became of The Shirleybyrds?

There’s little in the world I enjoy more than listening to new music, so I’m pretty happy right now. I hope to turn over the next few weeks to reviewing some of this music, and already have CDs from The Shirleybyrds, The Whittakers and...... Read More

Soul, folk, indie-pop: coming soon!

It been a bad week on the fruit and veg front. Luckily the music scene hasn’t been affected. Musicians, legendarily, don't really eat fruit and vegetables, their most common diet consisting of garage-sourced meat pies after midnight while...... Read More

New music from the Bay

“May you be surrounded by friends and family, and if this is not your lot, may the blessings find you in your solitude.” If you're reading this on Friday (September 21), it's Leonard Cohen's birthday, so how could I not start...... Read More

Reasons to be cheerful – Part 40

We return to the occasional series wherein Winston expounds on things currently making him happy. And this week Winston couldn't be happier. New albums are here and on their way, interesting gigs are just around the corner. Love is in the air and...... Read More

A feast of documentaries

Despite missing it in last week's column, the New Zealand International Film Festival is still underway at the Rialto Cinema. It runs through until next Sunday (September 16), and a friend of mine berated me about not supplying more coverage. He...... Read More

Three little gigs – folk, folk, and jazz

Three gigs, that’s what we’ve got this week: business as usual with an extra dose of  spring optimism. And since September and that spring thing starts tomorrow, let’s skip this weekend and all those Father’s Day shenanigans...... Read More

Model Train Wreck are back

Of the things I wanted to mention this week, by far the most exciting news is the return of Model Train Wreck. They’ve been pretty much my favourite New Zealand band since their self-titled debut album in 2014. Now, after a four year hiatus,...... Read More

The extraordinary Rob Smith

Perfection, when it comes to music, is a dubious concept,  and one I place little stock in. Music does many things. It can make you happy or sad, make you dance or doze; it can elevate the soul and send spirits soaring. But, in my experience,...... Read More




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