The two living members of The Monkees play their last ever dates this week in NZ. Ahead of this three-date tour of the so-called Mike & Micky show, Mike ‘the Nes’ Nesmith talks to GARY STEEL, who also explains just why The Monkees are so great.
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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.
Snarky Puppy is a conglomeration of Grammy-winning musicians that brings vigour, life and dynamism to jazz-fusion, writes GARY STEEL
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.
Sad that you missed the Auckland Arts Festival performance of Terry Riley’s seminal In C by percussionists from the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and the Australian National Academy Of Music? Let the APO’s chief percussionist, Eric Renick, fill you in.
Reactivated semi-mythical Wellington post-punk band Beat Rhythm Fashion return to their homeland for the first time in nearly 40 years this month for a precious few live appearances on the back of their highly praised album, Tenterhook. GARY STEEL, who was there the first time round, conducts a poignant Q&A with the trio’s main writer/singer/player, Nino Birch.
RENEE JONES catches the Auckland Fringe performance of Pussy Riot’s show, Riot Days, and comes away richer for the experience.
In 40 YEARS IN 52 WEEKS, GARY STEEL trawls through his archives and selective memory banks to celebrate a lifetime of writing about modern music, and pens some new perspectives to mark the occasion. The subject of today’s piece: aural agony.