GARY STEEL is celebrating 40 years of music journalism by disintering and re-animating interviews and reviews from his fat archive. In this piece, he meets the mastermind behind the 1978 musical version of War Of The Worlds, Jeff Wayne, on the occasion of its 2005 reissue. Who doesn’t remember […]
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GARY STEEL went to see extraordinary jazz-fusion concoction Snarky Puppy at Auckland’s The Powerstation. Here’s his brief assessment.
Jan Hellriegel is about to release the best album of her career. As if that’s not enough, it’s a superb book as well. She graciously submits to the Witchdoctor Q&A.
Snarky Puppy is a conglomeration of Grammy-winning musicians that brings vigour, life and dynamism to jazz-fusion, writes GARY STEEL
RICHARD VAREY finds genuine musical gems amongst the trash in opshops, and even tracks down the obscure artist behind one such discovery. Sandwiched between hundreds of dusty Kamahl and Nana Mouskouri CDs in opshops and second-hand stores around New Zealand there are genuine forgotten treasures to be found. It takes […]
It’s certainly not Betchadupa. Liam Finn has grown up a lot in the few years between the partying-in-Daddy’s-toolbox schizophrenia of his first solo album, and this much more assured second effort. The trouble is, like so many artists from his generation, the music sounds like it’s desperately trying to escape […]
BLAST FROM THE ARSE – 1982: Fetus Productions/The Gordons Originally printed in IT magazine, April 1982: Fetus Productions – Fetus Productions (no label) This oddity, out of the blue, is heady, heavy stuff. It’s the sort of album that occasionally springs up from nowhere and really turns your head around. […]
Anthonie Tonnon’s is one of New Zealand’s most well-regarded singer-songwriters. In this long-form interview with GARY STEEL, he talks about his novel Rail Land tour and the ‘A Synthesized Universe’ Star Dome performances that bring him to the Auckland Festival.