Wing! Leila! Live!

Wellingtonians are spoilt for choice when it comes to their foreign-born-but-now-kiwi female singing stars tonight, with two of the country’s most distinctive performers putting on shows around town. First up is the debut Wellington appearance of the world famous Wing at the Mercure Hotel on Willis Street. Wing, an expat Hong Kong resident who now […]

The Phoenix Foundation – Pegasus

The Phoenix Foundation’s second album Pegasus is out now, and has followed the lead of recent releases of fellow Wellington bands Fat Freddy’s Drop (Based on a True Story) and Shihad (Love is the New Hate) by going straight into the top 10 of the NZ album charts. Ten years ago it would have been […]

Ready to Roll

Despite the fact that it’s New Zealand Music Month, there’s no shame in celebrating the fact that the #1 and #2 spots in the New Zealand album charts are taken up by Wellington bands. Wellington’s original and now reborn rock riff-meisters Shihad‘s sixth album Love is the New Hate is being kept at only being […]

Flash Harry and OdESSA

As we’ve mentioned elsewhere, Flash Harry is without a doubt among our absolute all-time favourite Wellington acts. He’s only done a handful of shows in Wellington, let’s see… Cuba St Carnival last year – great fun!, a show at the Massey Bar – somewhat drunken on our part, and at the tsunami appeal gig at […]

Avangard at the Railway Station

Just because the Fringe Festival is over (and congrats to all the winners at the Fringe Awards), doesn’t mean you can’t still see some avant garde performance art on the streets. Oh no. We’ve already missed a couple of performances by Avangard – the pro-glam art band from Estonia – but I fully intend to […]

The Weekend that Was II: Gigs Galore

As well as all the sporting championships and festivals taking place around Wellington over the weekend, there was also an insane number of top gigs. Top local talents The Black Seeds, Paseload, Ghostplane were on show around town, as well as other excellent kiwi bands David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights, and The Fanatics. On […]

Weekend gig action

Moody rocker and increasingly funk-orientated Dimmer and Samoan hip-hopper extraordinaire Tha Feelstyle (it’s not a typo, it is Tha) will be entertaining the students and anyone else who cares to turn up at the Victoria University Union Hall tonight (Fri 25 Feb). Should be an interesting combo of sounds. The latest Dimmer album – You’ve […]

Goldenhorse & the NZSO

Auckland popsters Goldenhorse are in town at the Michael Fowler Centre tomorrow night (Friday 18 Feb) for a one-off gig with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. The band have already done a couple of similar exercises in with the Auckland Philharmonia and Christchurch Symphony, so the band should be peaking with the full national orchestra […]

Phoenix Foundation sign with FMR

Local lads The Phoenix Foundation continue their well-paced rise to the top of the musical pile, with the news that they’ve signed a deal with Festival Mushroom Records (FMR). The band have apparently been the subject of a ‘bidding war’ amongst at least a couple of the bigger Auckland-based labels, with some fine wining and […]