Aotearoa Rock: Alien Weaponry at the Auckland Town Hall, Saturday 29th February 2020

REVIEW BY SIMON MERCEP PHOTOS BY LEAH VICTORIA Alien Weaponry assail your ears and rattle your bones. The heavy metal three piece from Waipu in Northland returned to Auckland at the weekend, and in front of a joyous stomping crowd…

Crave! episode 94: Elton John, Parasite, Queen, La Belle Epoque, Birds Of Prey

Simon and Steve were very fortunate to be at the first scheduled Elton John concert in Auckland this weekend, because it turned out to be his last at Mount Smart Stadium, Elton having abandoned the show almost two hours in.…

ROCK TIL YOU DROP: Elton John at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, Sunday February 16, 2020

“I can’t sing. I just completely lost my voice. I gotta go. I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry” With those words Sir Elton John rose to his feet, about two thirds of the way through his first of three planned…

Queen + Adam Lambert at Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland: the music keeps itself alive

He’s a lucky man, is Adam Lambert. A runner-up in a telly talent show, he’s now fronting one of the biggest stadium shows in the world. And that quite astonishing climb is, well, somewhat deserved, and last night’s Queen +…

Birds Of Prey And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn: an absolute turkey of a film

Birds Of Prey poster

On paper, Birds Of Prey And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn sounds like a really bad idea. Take the least woeful character from one of the worst films of the last decade and spin her off into her…

Crave! episode 93: Laneway 2020, Bastille, Richard Jewell, Like A Boss, Underwater

Music leads this week. Steve’s been busy at Laneway 2020 enjoying most, but not all, of the music on offer, while Debbie, our Intrepid Guest Reviewer, has a lot of positive things to say about Bastille. In movie news, the…

Laneway Festival 2020: another great day out

It’s a tough one to nail down, is Laneway. St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival ’20, to give it its full, Sunday-best name, is more than just New Zealand’s leading music festival; it’s also, increasingly, just a fantastic day out, a relaxed,…

Like A Boss: a disappointment that deserves to sink like a rock.

There’s a lot to be said for raunchy comedies. American Pie was genuinely funny (sequels and spin-offs progressively less so); Bridesmaids was, similarly, well sharp. And both were crude and foul. Done right, the crude and the foul season and…