Magpie musician C.W. Stoneking has made his discoveries his own, writes Shane Gilchrist.
A multifaceted arts event has sprung out of a deep connection to the Solomon Islands, Shane Gilchrist writes.
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.
Penguins might be regarded as cute, comedic characters because of the bumbling manner in which they walk, but these birds have been shaped not by the air or land, but by the sea.
Dunedin biologist Lloyd Spencer Davis' latest book is on one of his favourite subjects: the bird that swims like a fish, writes Shane Gilchrist.
From The Unicorn to Drunken Sailor, the Irish Rovers' set-list is long and varied, just like the group's half-century career, writes Shane Gilchrist.
David Bowie, Judy Collins, Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick ... many have been influenced by the songs of Belgian Jacques Brel. Add to the list Micheline Van Hautem, who is preparing to summon the spirit of her late compatriot, writes Shane Gilchrist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From man-made snowflakes to skis and boards that are easier to turn, 3-D computer modelling of jumps to advances in telecommunications that have flattened learning curves, science has made great strides on the slopes, writes Shane Gilchrist.
The latest musical export from Iceland (following Bjork, Sigur Ros, Of Monsters and Men . . . ), Asgeir Trausti might play acoustic guitar but he reveals he is more than a twee folk troubadour on his debut album, actually his sophomore effort given it is an English-language version of his original release.
Formed as a solo project in 2009 by songwriter Hollie Fullbrook, Tiny Ruins has expanded to include bassist Cass Basil and drummer Alexander Freer.
Central Otago contemporary commercial artist and art tutor Andrew Price believes inspiration also requires no small measure of perspiration, writes Shane Gilchrist.
As the Gold Guitars reach finals weekend in Gore, Shane Gilchrist discusses big breaks and the business of songwriting with previous winner Kaylee Bell, who last week added the 2014 New Zealand Best Country Music Album (Tui) Award to her trophy cabinet.
Natural history authors Brian Patrick and Neville Peat continue their wild affair with Dunedin's flora and fauna, writes Shane Gilchrist.