Snarky Puppy is a conglomeration of Grammy-winning musicians that brings vigour, life and dynamism to jazz-fusion, writes GARY STEEL
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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.
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.
In 1993, GARY STEEL was the editor of teen pop magazine RTR Countdown, which dared to suggest that Michael Jackson was guilty of deviant sexual behaviour just months before the first scandal broke.
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.