Shane Gilchrist

Challenging the reader

Challenging the reader

Port Chalmers novelist Jackie Ballantyne likes difficult characters, even if they do take time to flesh out, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Men in black

Men in black

Never far from the headlines, the armed offenders squad marks its 50th anniversary this year. Shane Gilchrist discusses training, teamwork and tactics with Inspector Jason Guthrie.

CD Reviews: Joe Henry

CD Reviews: Joe Henry

Producer, musician, songwriter and, on the evidence of his 13th album, a sublime poet of the heart, Joe Henry might have spent just four days recording Invisible Hour, yet the result is an unhurried, sometimes beautiful reflection on the ebb and flow of marriage.

Sailing into Dunedin

Sailing into Dunedin

The announcement earlier this week that Rod Stewart is to perform at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, in April prompted a few memories for Shane Gilchrist, who spoke to the veteran singer about songwriting, soul and survival in a rock 'n' roll world.

CD Reviews: Eb & Sparrow

CD Reviews: Eb & Sparrow

Following three promising EPs, Wellington-based Eb & Sparrow has borrowed from cinematic Western themes, rustic folk and dreamy Americana on its debut album, weaving a many-hued tapestry that is held together by the songwriting and vocal strength of frontwoman Ebony Lamb.

The work that made us

The work that made us

Dunedin historian Erik Olssen's latest book captures Dunedin workers in an intimate light, while also celebrating the art of the photographer, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Oh what a beautiful day

Oh what a beautiful day

Stefano Olivieri is more than a little excited.

Extensive gift of access

Extensive gift of access

The announcement earlier this week that 53,000ha of Central Otago countryside is going to be protected under Queen Elizabeth II National Trust covenants has prompted plenty of applause. As Shane Gilchrist discovers, history is being made in the hinterland.

CD Reviews: Bleachers

CD Reviews: Bleachers

The debut album from fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff's solo project Bleachers, Strange Desire pays homage to his love for electronic pop, in particular the bombastic and joyous party vibe of Erasure and the slightly darker moods of Depeche Mode.

CD Reviews: Andy Grammer

CD Reviews: Andy Grammer

Three years after his self-titled 2011 debut album, Andy Grammer's sophomore effort might be an attempt to build on the success of hit single Keep Your Head Up, yet the former Santa Monica busker merely offers stale renditions of primetime adult radio fodder.