Shane Gilchrist

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.

What's next for Kimbra?

What's next for Kimbra?

Kimbra finds herself at a crucial stage in her career, the second album. The Grammy Award-winning New Zealand singer discusses inspiration, collaborations and farm-inspired funk with Shane Gilchrist. 

Passion project

Passion project

Kiwi film-maker Florian Habicht's documentary about English band Pulp focuses on people both common and celebrated, writes Shane Gilchrist.

A deepening disquiet

A deepening disquiet

Philip Temple's new novel depicts a world riven with war, food shortages, epidemics, economic chaos and totalitarianism. Yet that bleak outlook is not fantasy, the Dunedin author tells Shane Gilchrist. 

CD Reviews: Jason Mraz

CD Reviews: Jason Mraz

The fifth album from American contemplative soul singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, Yes!, is big on production values but small on invention.

Something to be proud of

Something to be proud of

Former Balclutha boy Bradley Hanan Carter moved to the bright lights of Los Angeles more than a decade ago to chase a musical dream. He has no money, but he does have a debut album, writes Shane Gilchrist.