Finally, the wonderful time of the year when the public holidays align and we get two gloriously long weekends to eat chocolate and acknowledge the horrors of war respectively, writes Fraser Thompson.
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Lines of Flight opened with a rendition of John Cage's silent 4'33'', both an empty space to symbolise what we've lost and the epitome of the idea that any sound can constitute music. This would be...
Fraser Thompson holds a Q&A with Invercargill duo Murgatroyd.
Te Reo metal band Alien Weaponry has taken the world by storm with its pummelling combination of groovy, thrashy, metal and Maori legends, writes Fraser Thompson.
Wellington in the late 1970s and early '80s was a time of anti-establishment nihilists and anarchist revolutionaries. Rent was cheap and the government sucked, writes Fraser Thompson.
No Age is a two-piece from Los Angeles which has been ripping up stages internationally with its jagged noisy art rock for the best part of a decade. Next weekend, it will be bringing the noise to...
It's a little embarrassing to admit but, until recently, I had never heard of Orchestra of Spheres.
The holiday gig drought is officially over. Starting with last night's Francisca Griffin EP release, the next few weeks are filled to the brim with musical events of all flavours and viscosities.
Francisca Griffin, once a member of seminal and often overlooked mid-'80s Flying Nun band Look Blue Go Purple, has released her new album, the spaces between.
As per tradition, we find ourselves nearing the end of one of the many arbitrary divisions of time we've invented to help make the endless expanses of tomorrows more bearable. Also, as per...
There has never been a better time to put on your best autumnal regalia and head out into the enchanted evening for some live music, and tonight the Port Chalmers Town Hall will be packed with...
Over the past four months, Copenhagen-based blackened-hardcore band Hexis has been on the largest tour of its career. Next week, they'll be arriving on our shores, writes Fraser Thompson.
Back in 2016 I watched a band called Negative Nancies perform at None Gallery.
Zaimph is the solo project of New York-based musician Marcia Bassett, who is currently embarking on a New Zealand tour. Tonight, she will be performing in Dunedin, writes Fraser Thompson.
Christchurch Death metal band Blindfolded and Led to the Woods have headed south for a gig at Fifty Gorillas. Fraser Thompson talks with guitarist and songwriter Stu.
Congress of Animals is what happens when a bunch of New Zealand's most prolific and respected musical talent gets together and jams without any particular goal in mind.
It was when two-time Silver Scroll nominee Anthonie Tonnon started working on the video for his song Old Images that he discovered his fascination with the forgotten railway networks of New Zealand.
Destroy All False Metal might sound like a radical metalhead's ultimate dictum, but it's actually just a band from Wellington, and tonight they'll be playing Dunedin.
In the age of Soundcloud and Spotify it can be hard to keep track of new releases, so you might not have noticed all the incredible releases coming out of Dunedin recently, writes Fraser Thompson.
Fraser Thompson profiles the Doom Shrugs.