A soul legend, Sticky Filth and Stan

Okay, I admit it. I’m still getting over the excitement... All sorts of cultural treasures emerged at the end of last week to enrich millions of lives. Or, more likely, they appeared and few people noticed. Fair enough too. One person’s...... Read More

It’s all happening on November 2

Sometimes, the timing of these columns is a tad frustrating. Now, for instance. For those of us preoccupied with popular culture, this week, and November 2 in particular, is a much-anticipated time. Works of art that people have discussed, argued and...... Read More

Simpler times for the local music scene

The music scene in Tauranga appears to be going in every direction at once; it’s sometimes hard to keep up. It’s almost enough to inspire nostalgia for the days when there were only about a dozen bands and everyone kinda knew what everyone...... Read More

A Slice of The Whittakers

I like The Whittakers, and I like A Slice of The Whittakers. There are many ways to judge an album when you write a review – a whole bunch of criteria, such as recording quality, musicianship and songwriting skill – but one big thing  for...... Read More

Labour ‘happy to sacrifice lives’

‘Cheap political gamesmanship’ from W Murray (The Weekend Sun, October 5) comments on the cancelling of the SH2 project north of Tauranga, saying Simon Bridges and the National Party were alerted to the impending issue over nine years ago...... Read More

Reasons to be cheerful – Part 41

We return to the occasional series wherein Winston expounds on things currently making him happy. This week it’s gigs – specifically this week’s gigs. Next week there’s another album to review, but so much diverse music is happening...... Read More

What ever became of The Shirleybyrds?

There’s little in the world I enjoy more than listening to new music, so I’m pretty happy right now. I hope to turn over the next few weeks to reviewing some of this music, and already have CDs from The Shirleybyrds, The Whittakers and...... Read More

Soul, folk, indie-pop: coming soon!

It been a bad week on the fruit and veg front. Luckily the music scene hasn’t been affected. Musicians, legendarily, don't really eat fruit and vegetables, their most common diet consisting of garage-sourced meat pies after midnight while...... Read More

New music from the Bay

“May you be surrounded by friends and family, and if this is not your lot, may the blessings find you in your solitude.” If you're reading this on Friday (September 21), it's Leonard Cohen's birthday, so how could I not start...... Read More

Reasons to be cheerful – Part 40

We return to the occasional series wherein Winston expounds on things currently making him happy. And this week Winston couldn't be happier. New albums are here and on their way, interesting gigs are just around the corner. Love is in the air and...... Read More

Bombarded with plastic

Apart from the carrier bag issue at our local supermarkets, I can’t say, as a concerned shopper, that I have noticed all that much has changed and ask ‘why am I still being bombarded with unnecessary plastic?’ For instance, four croissants...... Read More

A feast of documentaries

Despite missing it in last week's column, the New Zealand International Film Festival is still underway at the Rialto Cinema. It runs through until next Sunday (September 16), and a friend of mine berated me about not supplying more coverage. He...... Read More

Don’t let killjoys spoil way of life

It’s sad to read what’s happening regarding horse riding on the beach at Tuapiro Point. Things to consider. New Zealand was built on the horse and cart era for transport, land development, farming, roading and recreation. The horse industry...... Read More

Three little gigs – folk, folk, and jazz

Three gigs, that’s what we’ve got this week: business as usual with an extra dose of  spring optimism. And since September and that spring thing starts tomorrow, let’s skip this weekend and all those Father’s Day shenanigans...... Read More

Model Train Wreck are back

Of the things I wanted to mention this week, by far the most exciting news is the return of Model Train Wreck. They’ve been pretty much my favourite New Zealand band since their self-titled debut album in 2014. Now, after a four year hiatus,...... Read More