The first album in nine years from Billy Idol might not hit
the highs that made him a star in the 1980s, yet Kings &
Queens Of The Underground is an interesting study in genre
blending that, somehow, doesn't come across as an exercise in
mimicking the latest musical trends.
An Arts Foundation award will help songwriter Dudley
Benson realise his ambition of recording with the Southern
Sinfonia. It's nice to get some recognition, too, the former
choirboy tells Shane Gilchrist.
New Zealand's largest short-film festival, Show Me Shorts,
celebrated its 2014 launch in Auckland this week before
spreading its tentacles all the way to Stewart Island. As
festival director Gina Dellabarca explains to Shane
Gilchrist, it's become a bit of a beast.