The folkies are coming

A whole bunch of people with acoustic instruments are heading towards Tauranga. It happens that way sometimes. Music here used to be very much a matter... Read More

The best music of 2019 (and earlier)

Is it too late to take one final glance in the rear-view mirror? Let’s hope not, as that’s what’s on the cards this week, a quick... Read More

A psychic start to 2020

Happy new year! Resolutions done and dusted? Ready for an exciting new decade? Once again we are outrunning various fictional attempts to imagine the... Read More

The Golden Turtle Awards

There are many traditions at this time of year. The last metaphorical grains of sand are about to slide through 2019's hourglass and increasingly... Read More

Enjoy a Christmas movie

And suddenly it's almost Christmas. It happens like that. Sometime around October shops and supermarkets start playing Christmas music and selling... Read More

Farewell to the mighty Rick Bryant

Rick Bryant, whose funeral was on Wednesday, was in two of my all-time favourite Kiwi bands. His death wasn’t as widely reported as I would have... Read More

A (Gitbox) Rebellion at the Village

It is rather stating the bleedin' obvious to point out that it gets busy at this time of year. So busy that last time I missed out mentioning a... Read More

Farewelling Rosie O’Gradys

Everything has its time and eventually that time passes.  For better or for worse, things change. Ever since I arrived in Tauranga in the mid-eighties... Read More

November‘s musical pile up

November's annual musical frenzy usually peaks around the end of the month. The impending arrival of Christmas is to blame of course as work functions... Read More

New music, new shows, new app

Since we live in such a tech-savvy interconnected world, you'd think it would be getting simpler, not harder, to find stuff. We're certainly... Read More

The truth according to Van and Frank

Two albums have been on heavy rotate recently at The Watusi Country Club. There's the fantastic new offering from a legendary veteran who is churning... Read More

The British are coming!

That’s what Paul Revere is reputed to have shouted on his famous 1775 midnight ride to warn sleeping Massachusetts colonists of the advancing British... Read More

Record Roundabout returns

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Yep, we're starting this week with an eminently true bit of French. For those less familiar... Read More

The Bay’s best little festival

The Bay is becoming a new home for music festivals in New Zealand. Spring Things – on at the Mount’s Soper Reserve over Labour Weekend –... Read More

There’s more to this life than rugby

October this year is a tricky time for promoters and bands: the Rugby World Cup messes everything up. It's not as though every single person in... Read More