Lisa Van Der Aarde

Ten best costumes

If you think of local bands who dressed to shock and amuse, the first band that comes to mind is probably Split Enz. Split Enz, 1978-79. L to R:...

Stoney Lonesome

New Zealand Funk: finding the real groove

It's the simple questions that will throw you. Like, "Do you think there was a local disco and funk scene back then?” And you would think after co...

Sharon O'Neill

Sound and Vision: Album Design 6

Isa-Lei: The Music of Fiji – various artists, 1959-61 Isa-Lei: The Music of Fiji – various artists, Columbia/HMV NZ, 1959 The image speaks of d...

Garth Young's NZBC-TV Photo Album

In the 1960s and early 1970s, Garth Young arranged and directed the music – and played the piano – for countless NZBC light-entertainment shows on ...

Garth Young’s Pines Photo Album

Although situated high on a hill on Wellington's inhospitable south coast, in the 1960s the Pines cabaret was a hospitable late-night venue when pu...

The Amps/Jellyfish story

Amping up the Mind Shaft A fading boho coffee lounge might seem an unlikely place for Wellington's first regular punk rock venue, but in November ...

Songwriter's Choice: Glen Moffatt

Righto, 10 New Zealand songs whose craft has inspired me. So, in no particular order aside from the first one, here we go. -- Yes, We'll Leave Th...

Delaney Davidson

The Kal-Q-Lated Risk

Ross Cunningham interviews Moana Maniapoto

There's something about Moana Maniapoto's music that keeps me coming back. I first heard it in the late 1980s, and have been happily listening to t...

Martha Louise

Chris Chetland

Red Hot Peppers

Songwriter's Choice: Grace Wood

Grace Wood won the Play It Strange songwriting competition in 2015. Since then her track ';Young, Naive and Reckless' has had over 250,000 plays on...

Golden Harvest

Shoes This High

Dragon's early days: a photo essay

Dragon's early days: a photo essay By Murray Cammick I first recall Dragon as one of the bands that played in the Albert Park band rotunda in the...

10 wild ones - part one

New Zealand rock'n'roll performances were pretty hectic right from the start. Our version of Elvis, Johnny Devlin, was backed by The Devils, who al...

Third Chapter

Arc Cafe

The date is 1997; the location 135 lower High Street, Dunedin. A stone's throw from the main street, the empty, dusty rooms of a once flashy and im...

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