Sound shell hooks a whole school

Contemporary music returns to the Dunedin Botanic Garden today for an esoteric afternoon.

Fresh from last month's Chills show in front of a crowd of 2000-3000 people, the sound shell today plays host to some of the city's more ''left-leaning'' artists and composers.

Peter Gutteridge has rebuilt Snapper in recent months, playing three shows in the North Island with a young support band comprised of his guitarist nephew Jack Reid, former Thought Creature keyboardist Danny Brady, and drummer Hope Robertson.

Also included on the playlist are experimental musician and sound artist Michael Morley (The Dead C, Gate), alongside Alistair Galbraith (The Rip, Solo), noise/skuzz/sci-fi four piece The Futurians, punk-pop two-piece Opposite Sex, the country-folk inflected Matt Langley, and the charming old-time pop of Swampy, D & Five Pint.

Tragedy (Portland, Oregon) formed in 2000 and was born from the ashes of influential modern hardcore bands His Hero is Gone and Deathreat.

Drawing influence from various early punk bands, their music is characterised by unrelenting heavy riffs, and often punctuated by melodic interludes and downshifts in tempo.

The band has toured extensively around the world and is finally making it to New Zealand shores on the back of new album Darker Days Ahead.

Dunedin musician David Kilgour (The Clean, The Great Unwashed) plays a rare weekend residency with his band The Heavy Eights at Chick's Hotel in Port Chalmers next weekend.

Kilgour's non-Clean output is impressive, with nine albums released during the 20 years between 1991's Flying Nun classic Here Come the Cars and 2011's Left by Soft. All the while, The Clean continues to release albums sporadically every few years.

See it, hear it

A Day of Music (featuring Kapa Haka, Michael Morley, Richard Wallis, King Leo and Mike Frost, Matt Langley, Opposite Sex, The Futurians, Snapper, Alastair Gailbraith, Olabelle, Spacedust, Swampy, D & Five Pint, and MC Paul Williams), Dunedin Botanic Garden sound shell, noon-7pm, free.

Tragedy (US) with God Awful and Feral Hunks, Wednesday, March 6, Dunedin Musicians Club, R18, doors open 7.30pm. Tickets available from www.undertheradar.co.nz.

David Kilgour and The Heavy Eights, supported by The Scattered Brains of the Lovely Union, Friday, March 8, Chick's Hotel, Port Chalmers, 9pm, $15

David Kilgour and The Heavy Eights, supported by Dark Matter, Saturday, March 9, Chick's Hotel, Port Chalmers, 9pm, $15.

Chick's Hotel runs a bus service, picking up passengers outside Countdown Supermarket on Cumberland St at 8.30pm, and outside the university library (opposite Clubs and Societies) at 8.35pm. The bus is free for Radio One card holders or $5 each way otherwise. The bus returns to town at 1am.