Whirlwind tour of three countries

Julian Temple.
Julian Temple.
Dunedinite Julian Temple is a busy man, and he's about to get busier. He's just released his solo album, Nowhere Fast, at a release party at Taste Merchants in Stuart St.

In November Temple is to play on four islands in three countries over four nights. His three-country world tour begins at Mou Very on November 1, before he jets to Auckland for a show at the Wine Cellar on November 2. He then crosses the ditch and plays Notes in Sydney on November 3, before flying to his birthplace, California, where he's due to play at Yucatan at Seal Beach on November 4 and Linnaea's, San Luis Obispo, the next night.

• Another who's clocked up frequent flier points left, right, and centre is Bachelorette.

However, Annabel Alpers is calling time on her Bachelorette persona, and visits Dunedin tonight on her valedictory tour.

She is due to visit Glue Gallery in Stafford St, with our own John White.

For the uninitiated, Bachelorette's live shows are described as "an aural treat; an all-encompassing, exuberant and visceral experience", if you catch my meaning.

For all dates but Nelson, Bachelorette will be supported by Germany's Jasmina Maschina.

• Some artists seem to release a "greatest hits" after two or, worse, just one album, making a mockery of the "greatest hits" genre.

However, when one of the stalwarts of New Zealand music, a band with 20 years under its studded belt, announces a greatest hits, one can assume it's going to be pretty gosh-darn good.

Shihad announced this week the impending release of The Meanest Hits, a greatest hits collection to be released on November 7.

But there's a catch, which is actually quite a good one - the band is inviting people to vote for their favourite Shihad song, stretching right back to the band's Devolve EP released in 1990.

There's plenty to choose from, as the band has released more than 30 singles from eight albums.

Vote at www.warnermusic.co.nz/ shihadcomp.

• Renowned New Zealand songwriter Bic Runga is set to return to Dunedin, to play two shows at Knox Church in early December, within a month of her new album Belle being released, which is due on November 14.



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