Shane Gilchrist

CD Review: Billy Idol

CD Review: Billy Idol

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.

CD Review:The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

CD Review:The Wellington International  Ukulele Orchestra

Having released a clutch of EPs on which they displayed a flair for deconstructing classic songs (such as Toto's mega hit, Africa) and reassembling them in their own quirky way.

Back on the tables, screaming

Back on the tables, screaming

Jimmy Barnes' latest album, 30:30 Hindsight, might offer a retrospective glimpse at an enduring career, yet the Australian rocker prefers to look to the future, writes Shane Gilchrist.

The secret is out

The secret is out

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.

Long on variety

Long on variety

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.   

Dispatches from home

Dispatches from home

Christchurch string band the Eastern has honed its lyricism to a razor-sharp edge for its latest album, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Up close to the coast

Up close to the coast

Nature's random acts provide the magic in a new ''blue-chip'' collaboration between NHNZ and TVNZ. But, as with all good stories, it's all in the telling, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Preaching the jungle boogie-woogie

Preaching the jungle boogie-woogie

Magpie musician C.W. Stoneking has made his discoveries his own, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Hands across the waters

Hands across the waters

A multifaceted arts event has sprung out of a deep connection to the Solomon Islands, Shane Gilchrist writes.

Frights of fancy

Frights of fancy

Zombies, apparently, have a taste for brains. Yet our brains might also have a taste for zombies. As Halloween nears, Shane Gilchrist examines why being scared is such a treat.