DAVID DUCHOVNY, Auckland February 20 – great band, engaging frontman, but as for the singing…

Yes, he’s got the look. He’s lean, muscular, and has that laid back coolness he exudes on the screen. He just looks Hollywood. The cries of “take your shirt off”, and there are several of them, tell you the sex…

LAUV – interview, first NZ show on the way

He’s a 23 year old American pop singer songwriter who’s captured plenty of attention in his home country and next month Lauv (the “au” is pronounced as in “Owl”) will play his first ever New Zealand show as part of…

Crave! episode 55: Queen + Adam Lambert, Robbie Williams, Black Panther, Fifty Shades Freed, Hibiscus and Ruthless, Lady Bird

Simon and Steve have been busy this week. Following their recent meeting with Robbie Williams, Simon’s been to see him perform at Spark Arena, where just a few days later Steve caught up with Queen + Adam Lambert, and it’s…

Queen + Adam Lambert: They were, indeed, the champions

Adam Lambert is a very brave man. Replacing Freddie Mercury in Queen is challenge such that only two men so far have attempted it; Paul Rodgers managed only a couple of years, but Lambert, who also clearly appreciates what a…

Fifty Shades Freed: thank God it’s finally over

Fifty Shades Freed

The definition of insanity, as Albert Einstein famously did not observe, is doing the same thing again and again, and expecting different results. I have, then, managed to retain some tattered shreds of sanity by having no expectations that Fifty…

BLACK PANTHER: stirring adventure, and social document of our time

There’s a Black Panther movie to review, and there’s a Black Panther phenomenon to discuss. If you’ve been surfing American news outlets in particular over the last few weeks you’ll have found a great deal written about this latest Marvel…

ROBBIE WILLIAMS – Auckland February 14

Let’s start with the easy part: does Robbie Williams put on a good show? The answer is clearly yes. Williams has the jaunty swagger to command the big crowd in Auckland, be it with his big band, back up singers…

ROBBIE WILLIAMS – media conference, Auckland February 13

Two birthday cakes, apparently both vegan, one bearing a large “RW”, adorn the table where Robbie Williams is to give a media conference in Auckland on the day of his 44th birthday. For at least 20 minutes before he appears,…

HIBISCUS & RUTHLESS – Heartwarming, and a tad hokey

There’s a lot to like about this local comedy, both in the big picture it’s presenting, and in its central performance. As the Hibiscus of the title, Suivai Autagavaia displays natural talent, poise and grace. She shows herself to be…

Crave! episode 54: Foo Fighters; The Stranglers; Laneway 2018; Darkest Hour; I, Tonya

Steve and Simon both find themselves slight disappointed with largely impressive musical events this week, for very different reasons. Steve just couldn’t quite engage with Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters at Mount Smart Stadium, while Simon hugely enjoyed The Stranglers…