Lorde: a triumphant homecoming

It was hard to tell, at Lorde’s first night at Auckland’s Powerstation, who was having more fun — the singer or her audience. After a licensing balls-up that led to her first scheduled show at the club being moved to…

Marlon Williams: “Make Way for Love” preview, Auckland

“You can’t finish on too dark a note. I’m fine.” And so singer songwriter Marlon Williams summed up his new album “Make Way For Love”. Yes, he told us, most of it was a reflection on a relationship break up,…

The Bootleg Beatles: as close to a Beatles show as we’re ever likely to get

The Beatles stopped touring in 1966, but the demand for their music has waned little. Filling this gap in the market since the early 1980s has been The Bootleg Beatles, one of the earliest tribute acts and, on the strength…

Stairway To Heaven: an orchestral take on Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin Masters

Led Zeppelin Masters are not, the press release for this show went to great lengths to point out, a tribute band. They are, to be fair, exactly that, but the show they put on with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra brought…

Crave! episode 49: Thor Ragnarok, Alice Cooper, Robert Plant

Simon and Steve have been enjoyed Thor: Ragnarok enormously. Simon has a lot of very positive things to say about Alice Cooper’s most recent visit to New Zealand, although his support act Ace Frehley was less impressive. And Robert Plant’s…

Thor:Ragnarok – a hoot, and then some

Would Taika Waititi Kiwi-fy, or Maori-fy, Marvel? That was the big question leading into the release of this latest in Marvel’s string of big budget superhero movies. We were told that Marvel executives liked the look of Waititi’s previous work,…

Oskar Herbig EP review: a promising debut from a thoughtful songwriter

If you’ve heard Oskar Herbig’s guitar work when he’s played with his cousin Skyscraper Stan Woodhouse’s band the Commission Flats, then Oskar’s first solo EP won’t come as too much of a surprise. It’s a short affair, five songs that…