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.

America's gift to the world

America's gift to the world

Bryan Anthony is in love with the American Songbook.

The cost of living

The cost of living

Is New Zealand the land of the long white shopping bill? Shane Gilchrist reports.

Musical journey through Matariki

Musical journey through Matariki

A musician with more than 25 years experience, including working within alternative rock, free noise, experimental and improvisational sound art, Rob Thorne now focuses on taonga puoro, traditional Maori musical instruments.

String theories

String theories

Richard C. Wallis' debut solo album encapsulates his passion for classical guitar. Still, he does enjoy the occasional rock lick, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Round and round

Round and round

Fifteen Dunedin bands playing songs by other Dunedin acts, both past and present, presents a challenge not only for the performers but also the organisers of Dunedin Circle Jerk 2014.

Exploring the grey matter

Exploring the grey matter

A guest at the New Zealand International Science Festival, to be held in Dunedin from July 5-13, James Piercy will offer insights into traumatic brain injury. He should know - he has suffered one, writes Shane Gilchrist.

CD review: Dave and Phil Alvin

CD review: Dave and Phil Alvin

Brothers Dave and Phil Alvin might relish the music of Big Bill Broonzy who, arguably, has been as important to American folk music as Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie and Carter Family, yet they haven't wrapped his songs in cotton wool either.

CD review: The Orwells

CD review: The Orwells

Young enough to be asked for ID by bouncers, old enough to express cynicism, Chicago quartet The Orwells offer a rowdy, teenage party vibe on their sophomore album.