A musical feast

On July 24, the Go Live Music Festival will fill the Christchurch Town Hall with the music of more than 16 new and established Ōtautahi performers. Julia Strelou talks with one of them. Pop/jazz sensation Emily C Browning, who released her new single ‘I Wasn’t Into You Anyway’ in April, is one of those taking […]

Girl, put your records on

Despite music streaming services being the norm, vinyl records have a hardy and increasing fanbase. Metropol’s gadget guru Ian Knott checks out a turntable that will be a talking point in any living room.     Nothing beats the tactility of pulling a vinyl record out of its sleeve and holding it in your hands. […]

Time flies for Ladyhawke

  Whether you’ve been a supporter from her first eponymous debut album or a more recent convert, you’ll be pleased to hear 2021 has been dubbed the comeback year for beloved Kiwi singer Ladyhawke (Phillipa Brown). Jess Murray catches up with the songstress to discuss new music, mental health and where to next.     […]

Making music together

  Christchurch businessman Martin Brennan has teamed up with Nelson Tasman songbird Aly Cook to bring music to Aotearoa and Australia.     Martin first met Aly just over two years ago, at a Sharon O’Neill at the Hornby Club in Christchurch. Aly was the promoter for Sharon’s tour and singing backing vocals in the […]

A refreshing drink

Note: updated with new dates Popular Australia pop rock group Lime Cordiale is set to hit the stage in Christchurch August 30. Formed in 2009, the band consists of brothers Oli and Louis Leimbach, with various touring members. After an explosive 12 months, Lime Cordiale will play its latest album live in New Zealand for […]

He’s no ordinary thing

When a close friend needed help, Opshop frontman Jason Kerrison did something he knows well, going on stage and fronting the recent Man Down benefit concert, the band’s first live performance in Christchurch in nine years.     The rest of his tight-knit group of friends also rallied around to help when they heard their […]

Guitar legend rocks on

The first international performer in 12 months to cross the Trans-Tasman border without quarantine, Australian journeyman John Butler is bringing his music to Christchurch this month. The guitar-roots rock legend will front the John Butler Trio (JBT) in its only South Island concert at the iconic Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch on Saturday, May 15. […]

A song to belong

A new exhibition at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū by a local artist gives a glimpse into what five New Zealand families with a wide range of cultural and ancestral connections feel about place and belonging in Aotearoa.     Artist Olivia Webb, whose own Christchurch-based family is part of the exhibit, worked […]

Instrumental to the community: Rockshop

Rock may be in the name of this recognisable, 100 percent Kiwi owned company, but the Rockshop is far more than one genre of music. And alongside classical maestros, KBB Music, selling and renting musical instruments might be a main act – but the brand is committed to helping the musical community, too.     […]

The magic of Marlon

From home in the portside township of Lyttelton, music has taken alt-country troubadour Marlon Williams around the world, from The Yarra Hotel of inner-city Melbourne, to The Troubadour in Los Angeles. It was the latter where Bradley Cooper spied his Kiwi-born and bred talents, seeking Marlon out to appear in his 2018 Academy award-winning film, […]