One of the best-sounding CDs to have come from NZ can’t quite compete for quality of songwriting
SHM-CDs offer 100 percent of master-tape quality sound
U2’s Auckland show is amazing, and terrible. Gary Steel explains why
Superb electro cheese with plenty of action for synth festishists
Exceptional art pop from England that seems destined for oblivion. Typical.
Former members of Broadcast and Plone go for trite
Disappointing follow-up suggests Bradford Cox is keeping his best ideas for future solo projects
Die!Die!Die! make it to the third album, and it’s an acceptable trade-off between compromise and natural evolution
Jaz Coleman is an unusual man.
Hidden Orchestra make jazz-noir “imaginary cinema”. Gary Steel wonders if it’s all that it’s cracked up to be.
Claire Duncan is Dear Time’s Waste. This is a Q&A with Claire. Her first album is out now.
NZ’s gifted but troubled songwriter and band leader, Martin Phillipps, in a candid and revealing exchange with Gary Steel