Celebrated British composer Max Richter performs two of his works this weekend as part of the Auckland Festival. GARY STEEL had a wee chat with the man behind the epic Sleep and Vivaldi Recomposed.
Frank Zappa is dead! Long live Frank Zappa! GARY STEEL witnesses the great man’s resurrection through the musical reinvention of son Dweezil Zappa and his ‘crack’ band.
Dweezil Zappa’s Auckland gig has remained steadfastly under the radar, but GARY STEEL gives it his heartiest endorsement.
Next month Dweezil Zappa brings his father Frank’s music to New Zealand for the first time since 1976. LYNN ANSELL talked to the virtuosic guitarist/bandleader about what we can expect from ‘Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever The F@%k He Wants’, a title that reflects the huge spat currently playing out between the Zappa siblings in Hollywood. [Note: Lynn consciously chose not to talk about that, because as Frank Zappa used to say, ‘Music is the best!’]
Ron Kane was an American who loved NZ music at a time we barely acknowledged it, a record collector supreme, and part of a very strange musical group himself. GARY STEEL pays tribute to a good friend who died earlier today.
Original Kiwi punk legends Proud Scum and many others to appear in February death knell for Auckland’s iconic Kings Arms venue. Witchdoctor readers are more known for their sophisticated high def ears than their punk credentials, but some of us know when to leave our ‘hi-fi’ at the door for […]
Neil Finn will tour with his son Liam as well as family and friends in unusual NZ venues this summer.
Legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke performing here next April.
Seminal German group Kraftwerk has released 3D Blu-ray discs of live performances of their eight most popular albums. GARY STEEL has a thing or two to say about that.
Peter Garrett gave GARY STEEL a piece of his voluminous mind as the revived Midnight Oil prepared for the world tour that brings the group to NZ for two dates this weekend. Peter Garrett – How are you mate? Gary – I’m good. The cicadas are screeching so loudly […]
The idea? Every day in May, to mark NZ Music Month and 38 years of his own rancid opining and reportage, Gary Steel will present something from his considerable behind. Personal archive, that is. To mark the publication of Roger Shepherd’s book about his Flying Nun experience, here’s one of the first features ever published about a band on the label, which David Maclennan wrote for the December ’81 issue of Wellington indie music magazine In Touch.
The idea? Every day in May, to mark NZ Music Month and 38 years of his own rancid opining and reportage, Gary Steel will present something from his considerable behind. Personal archive, that is. From indie Wellington music magazine In Touch, July 1981.