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Articles By roger.bowie

Subset BC - Album Review: Subset BC
16 Dec 2023 // review by roger.bowie
Here’s an interesting little thing from Gisborne. A funky little band with three bass players.
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Gig Review: The Best of Come Together @ The Civic Theatre, Auckland - 9/12/2023
12 Dec 2023 // review by roger.bowie
Get your heads around this line-up:  The singers: Jon Toogood, (lead and backing vocals), Julia Deans (lead and backing vocals), Dianne Swann (lead and backing vocals and occasional guitar), Samuel Flynn Scott (vocals and guitar), James Milne (lead and backing vocals), Milan Borich (Mick vocals) The players: Jol Mulholland (guitars and vocals), Brett Adams (lead guitar and vocals), Mike Hall (bass), Matthias Jordan (keyboards), Alastair Deverick (drums), Finn Scholes (trumpet, clarinet and percussion), Nick Atkinson (sax and percussion).  Stopped spinning?
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A Crude Mechanical - Album Review: Discourse
08 Dec 2023 // review by roger.bowie
Shane Warbrooke doesn’t believe in lyrics, because of the risk of lyrics being hi-jacked and meanings bent to suit ideologies which he doesn’t like. Well, such ideologies which most of us don’t like, truth be known, but then again, Beethoven didn’t write lyrics, so the freedom of speech counter argument only goes so far.
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The Phoenix Foundation - Gig Review: The Phoenix Foundation @ Hollywood Avondale, Auckland - 24/11/2023
26 Nov 2023 // review by roger.bowie
This is a first of many things. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen The Phoenix Foundation play live.
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Velvet Arrow - MNZ Interview: It's a Wrap with Roger S02 / E09 - Velvet Arrow
19 Nov 2023 // interview by roger.bowie
Watch Roger Bowie rapping with Hannah Jane from Velvet Arrow about their sensational debut album Songs of Solitude, released on Saturday November 18th, 2023.
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Velvet Arrow - Album Review: Songs of Solitude
17 Nov 2023 // review by roger.bowie
A Song Of Hope & Fear would normally be a contradiction in terms unless darkness prevails and light shines through, which is an appropriate metaphor for the debut album from Whangarei’s Velvet Arrow and the opening song, with Dan Stenhouse’s husky voice helping us through the night against a ghostly horror wail from Hannah Jane. After all it’s just a song to help you through the night, just the words that speak, it’s not real.
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Gig Review: Atomic: Women of Rock @ The Civic, Auckland - 11/11/2023
13 Nov 2023 // review by roger.bowie
What a feast of nostalgia we’ve had from Liberty Stage (Simone Williams) these past few years, as New Zealand’s finest have Come Together to cover the classic albums which made the soundtracks of our youth. In addition to this, there have also been special tributes like Tami Neilson’s rock ‘n roll party with Dinah Lee, just last month.
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Dimmer - Album Review: Live At The Hollywood
09 Nov 2023 // review by roger.bowie
Wow, not very often that we see alive album these days, an unusual beast, but that’s we have, a 14-track monster from Dimmer, recorded from last year’s sold-out trilogy at the Hollywood Avondale. Which, if you didn’t get to go last year, you can still see on December 2nd at the Powerstation, unless, like me, you are going instead to The War on Drugs.
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Killergrams - EP Review: Lonely Nights In A Little Town
27 Oct 2023 // review by roger.bowie
Someone walked out, and Tom Maxwell has lost his mind, in a gentle, acoustic way. Then his mind explodes in a cacophony of chaos, which might just be what it feels like, losing something that important.
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The Mons Whaler - MNZ Interview: It's a Wrap with Roger S02 / E08 - The Mons Whaler
25 Oct 2023 // interview by roger.bowie
Bursting through the ocean surface just of the coast of Taranaki, The Mons Whaler breaches and cavorts, a brand new 3 now 4 piece band who play the blues, swampy blues, hill country blues, blues blues, and have just released their debut EP. Roger Bowie raps with Hemi Coates about this extraordinary new arrival on our shores and how it all came about.
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D.C. Maxwell - Album Review: Lone Rider
24 Oct 2023 // review by roger.bowie
I’ve Been Wrong, but every once in a while, someone comes along and knocks you out. Random violence is not what this is about, but D.
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Julian Temple Band - Album Review: Tunnels
23 Oct 2023 // review by roger.bowie
What tunnels have I been hiding in? Here’s a band from Dunedin with now seven albums out and first time for me.
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MNZ Interview: It's a Wrap with Roger S02 / E07 - Faith Wilde
19 Oct 2023 // interview by roger.bowie
Check out Roger Bowie rapping with Faith Wilde, from Auckland band Goodnight Faith, and currently based in America where she is living the dream in a trailer park in Branson Missouri working by day and recording into her portable studio by night. Apart from jumping on stage in Des Moines and singing Dial Drunk better than Noah Kahan himself (and he said that).
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Tami Neilson - Gig Review: Tami Neilson @ The Civic, Auckland - 13/10/2023
15 Oct 2023 // review by roger.bowie
It’s Friday night at The Civic and the vibe is rock ‘n’ roll as the immaculately costumed The Up-Doos jive on stage and launch into the Bobettes’ Mr Lee (the one before they shot him). The Up-Doos are a party band paying homage to the girl groups of the 50's and 60's.
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The Mentalist Collective - Album Review: Signal Hill
13 Oct 2023 // review by roger.bowie
Here’s a great new band from Dunedin, a collective of mentalists who write and perform and presumably subscribe to mentalism, which is a kind of magic but with psychology at its core. They might play tricks on you, but it’s for a good cause.
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Arahi - Gig Review: Arahi: Te Tokotoru @ Big Fan, Auckland - 6/10/2023
08 Oct 2023 // review by roger.bowie
My first visit to Big Fan, the new studio complex in Kingsland with a small gigging area out front. It’s the first gig on a brief NZ tour for Te Tokoturu, the latest project from Arahi, one of the most exciting new singer/songwriters to emerge out of lockdown.
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Summer Thieves - Album Review: Cigarettes in Space
29 Sep 2023 // review by roger.bowie
I rediscovered Summer Thieves during the recent Going Global showcases down in the cellars on K Road, and was mightily re-impressed, although slightly irked to discover that I missed their second album during the fog of lockdown. But not to worry, they are back with their third album Cigarettes in Space which opens with a deeply funk bass riff propping up a Spaceship with echoes of Major Tom translated into modern day thievery.
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Going Global Review: Day 2 Showcase
03 Sep 2023 // review by roger.bowie
Saturday night at the Whammy trinity and we know the score. Artists in the round, although we are the ones moving underground, 20 minutes tops, immaculate precision.
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Going Global Review: Day 1 Showcase
02 Sep 2023 // review by roger.bowie
The Going Global Music Summit brings together a host of international music industry folk and they talk about the industry. It’s organized by IMNZ (Independent Music NZ) and the NZ Music Commission.
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Evan Silva - Album Review: Reihana Street
31 Aug 2023 // review by roger.bowie
Out of the blue, nearly 60 years in the making, lands Reihana Street in my inbox with an extraordinary back story.  Evan Silva was an altar boy gone wild, a Mission Bay mafiosi, and a singer/songwriter from the mid-sixties, starting at age 13 singing pop songs, before settling into soul and then selling that soul to the excesses of the 60’s in Kings Cross centred Sydney, sailing close to the edge, before epiphany struck, and overnight, life changed.
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Don McGlashan - Gig Review: Don McGlashan @ Artworks Theatre, Waiheke Island - 26/08/2023
28 Aug 2023 // review by roger.bowie
Don McGlashan warmed up the Waiheke Artworks centre on Saturday night with a magical journey through the past 40 years of the art of The Don. The newly appointed (but not yet anointed) Hall of Famer was in modestly ebullient form as he thanked his Lucky Stars in his opening song.
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Sonia & Nigel - MNZ Interview: It's A Wrap with Roger S02 / E06 - Sonia & Nigel
05 Aug 2023 // interview by roger.bowie
Roger raps with Sonia Wilson and Nigel Gavin in demi-francais. Hear from Sonia about what inspired her to create the most beautiful album of French songs in passionate obeisance to her hometown of Paris.
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Sonia & Nigel - Album Review: Sweet Paname
04 Aug 2023 // review by roger.bowie
In the middle of last month, just in time for Bastille Day, Sonia Wilson released the digital version of her paean to Paris, Sweet Paname. Sonia is Franco-American, born and educated in Paris, and now resides in Auckland after a peripatetic period of travel.
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Jiahu Symbols - EP Review: For The Good Times
01 Aug 2023 // review by roger.bowie
The Jiahu Symbols are an early language form found on 16 distinct markings discovered in China in the late 1980's and estimated at 6000 years old. Not thought to be joined up writing, more a precursor.
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You, Me, Everybody - Gig Review: You Me Everybody @ Tuning Fork, Auckland - 23/07/2023
25 Jul 2023 // review by roger.bowie
A nice cosy seating arrangement greeted us on Sunday night to contrast the winter gloom as the Tuning Fork opened its doors nice and early for a night of music from old friends. You, Me, Everybody are on tour to celebrate the fame and attention they have been receiving since having a song chosen for the Netflix series Sweet Tooth, and so now we are paying attention to them and they to us!!!
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Like Angels - Album Review: Your Day Will Come
18 Jul 2023 // review by roger.bowie
Like Angels is the new solo project from Lyttelton based Robert McLean, and was also the title track of his previous release with his band How to Kill, back in 2010. Robert has taken time away from music but is now back home and has written and self-produced an 88 minute album of progressive apocalypse in Killswitch studios (now that seems appropriate) in Lyttelton.
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Jazmine Mary - Gig Review: Jazmine Mary @ Hollywood Avondale, Auckland - 08/07/2023
10 Jul 2023 // review by roger.bowie
Jazmine Mary enchanted the fully seated Hollywood theatre in Avondale on Saturday night celebrating their new album Dog. But first up was an elegantly attired Julia Deans bringing us some new songs from her next album due out later this year.
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The Mitchell Twins - EP Review: Find a River
16 Jun 2023 // review by roger.bowie
The Mitchell Twins are Maegan and Nicola, with Nicola being the left one, if you can’t tell them apart. They have grown up in Gore as part of the Mitchell family, and now are following in the footsteps of big sister Jenny, with whom they have been seen over the past few years in a backing vocals capacity.
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The Mitchell Twins - MNZ Interview: It's A Wrap with Roger S02 / E05 - The Mitchell Twins
16 Jun 2023 // interview by roger.bowie
Roger raps firstly with Nicola Mitchell, the left half of The Mitchell Twins, whose debut EP is out today, and then segues into a clip taken in Gore a couple of weeks ago, with Jenny Mitchell and her father Ron, talking about the songs they wrote for the MLT Songwriters’ Award, one of which made the finals, and ultimately became runner-up.
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Gig Review: Come Together: Dire Straits @ Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Auckland - 10/06/2023
11 Jun 2023 // review by roger.bowie
Come Together came together last night at the Kiri Te Kanawa theatre with another tribute to Dire Straits. What, again?
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Jazmine Mary - Album Review: Dog
01 Jun 2023 // review by roger.bowie
Jazmine Mary’s sophomore offering is out today; Friday June 3rd, and it’s called Dog. Why it’s called Dog they are not saying, but there are references to “Houndog” and “Flower Power” in the outro to Seagull, so maybe that explains it or maybe it doesn’t.
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Jazmine Mary - MNZ Interview: It's A Wrap with Roger S02 / E04 - Jazmine Mary
01 Jun 2023 // interview by roger.bowie
Roger Bowie wraps with Jazmine Mary in advance of the release of their sophomore album, Dog, tomorrow, Friday June 2nd. In spite of what the PR says about them not wanting to comment, there’s a lot of insight about how Jazmine Mary writes and arranges and collaborates and generally approaches life.
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You, Me, Everybody - MNZ Interview: It's A Wrap with Roger S02 / E03 - You, Me, Everybody
24 May 2023 // interview by roger.bowie
Roger Bowie catches up with Laurence, Nat and Rob from You, Me, Everybody as they get ready to tour in July, and are feeling the love from the massive response to their song Stranger being on the soundtrack for series 2 of Netflix’s Sweet Tooth. Also a side-track into the world of AI and it’s impact on song writing: (spoiler alert, it will not be good).
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Barry Saunders - Barry Saunders & Adam Hattaway - Single Review: Keep On
19 May 2023 // review by roger.bowie
Keep On is the title track of a Warratahs album released in 2006 (don’t mind that Spotty-fi has it as 2020). An almost lost song, as was the album, but a classic Barry Saunders story centred  around someone, could be an acrobat, somewhere, where they don’t want to be, meeting a woman who shakes stars from her hair, dreaming in the morning, drinking in the afternoon, realising that love is the only thing missing, and therefore it must be plain sailing from here, just keep on, keep on, keep on.
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No Broadcast - Album Review: The Common Thread
11 May 2023 // review by roger.bowie
No Broadcast started out in the noughties and started releasing their music in 2011, when commonly regarded as a three piece. Two EPs and three albums later the band has evolved into a musical collective which is predominantly the vehicle for musician and vocalist Josh Braden’s eclectic soundscape experimentation.
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Tiny Ruins - Album Review: Ceremony
27 Apr 2023 // review by roger.bowie
Covid is still all around, but the alienation and dysfunction has gone, yet here we are, still salvaging the experiences of just before and during the world of hidden people and silent things. We’ve just experienced the hero’s journey of Finn Andrews as he comes out of the void to find love, and now we are simply blessed by the pain in the lyrics of the songs which Hollie Fullbrook started writing four years ago and longer and now find catharsis in the music of Tiny Ruins.
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Zephyr Love - Album Review: Homage
21 Apr 2023 // review by roger.bowie
If you like your rock retro, California retro with more than a hint of Boston, you’ll like the debut album from Chris McCollum under the moniker Zephyr Love, which is out now and will be featured live at the Anthology Lounge this Saturday night. The album is called Homage and it certainly is.
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Damien Binder - Album Review: Bright Side
20 Apr 2023 // review by roger.bowie
Damien Binder’s new album Bright Side has been toiling away in the background for nearly three weeks now, trying to connect. There’s something vaguely familiar about the sound and about that voice and the name also rings a bell louder than the natural conclusion that it’s just a good rock n roll name.
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The Veils - Gig Review: The Veils @ The Powerstation, Auckland - 1/04/2023
02 Apr 2023 // review by roger.bowie
The much-anticipated album release tour by The Veils finished in Auckland last night at the Powerstation. And Out of the Void Came Love is an epic offering of songs which see Finn Andrews oscillate between his solo self and his bandleader self as he completes the transition in his life from incessant touring and writing and fronting his English and London based band to a quieter life back home in New Zealand with new found family bliss and the chance to breathe and live, despite the frustrations of the last few Covid years.
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The Loving Arms - Album Review: Dreaming Over You
01 Apr 2023 // review by roger.bowie
Auckland quintet The Loving Arms have released their debut album, Dreaming Over You, just a few weeks ago, after a two-year journey made longer by the conviction that better music comes from having other people in the room. Not for these guys the convenience of recording in isolation.
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Matt Joe Gow - Album Review: Between Tonight and Tomorrow
09 Mar 2023 // review by roger.bowie
There’s a simple drumbeat and then this quintessential Americana voice bursts forth and it’s a shipwreck, which is no place to start, but this ship’s been sunk for years and years and Matt Joe Gow opens his fourth album with a Shipwreck and it’s a great place to start, with a rich, full sound and Katya Harrop on backing vocals, and we’re away… Matt Joe Gow is a man who knows who he is, is comfortable in his skin and oozes authenticity into his entire persona and so it’s no surprise that this persona translates into song. He’s from Dunedin but has plied his trade in Victoria for umpteen years and happily for us is increasing his focus on his home country fans, with a short tour just completed and more to come…..
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The Veils - MNZ Interview: It's a Wrap with Roger S02 / E02 - Finn Andrews
03 Mar 2023 // interview by roger.bowie
Roger Bowie raps with Finn Andrews about the captivating new album from The Veils which is out today. His review of the album is also available now.
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The Veils - Album Review: ...And Out Of The Void Came Love
02 Mar 2023 // review by roger.bowie
The Veils have a new album out today, their first for seven years, and it’s called ….And Out of the Void Came Love.
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MNZ Interview: It's a Wrap with Roger S02 / E01 - Matt Joe Gow & Kerryn Fields
27 Feb 2023 // interview by roger.bowie
Matt Joe Gow and Kerryn Fields have been touring together and are recording a new album. Matt finishes off this weekend in Wellington but they will both be back in late April touring throughout New Zealand and ending up at Tussock Country Music Festival in Gore on June 3rd.
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Fraser Ross - Gig Review: Fraser Ross w/ Hannah Everingham @ Wine Cellar, Auckland - 4/02/2023
06 Feb 2023 // review by roger.bowie
It’s a balmy Auckland evening with no rain, yes, no rain, yes, no rain, yes, I really mean no rain and we’re at the Wine Cellar to see Christchurch/Lyttelton based musicians Fraser Ross, who is headlining, and Hannah Everingham, who is opening, except she’s not, because Babe Martin pops up ahead of her. Very cool singer songwriter who has another life as Zoe Larson Cumming who you will hear on 95bfm.
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Marlon Williams - Gig Review: Marlon Williams @ The Civic, Auckland - 20/01/2023
22 Jan 2023 // review by roger.bowie
Marlon Williams has returned to New Zealand after an extensive tour of North America and Northern Europe, to showcase his 2022 release My Boy. He does not disappoint.
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Graham McGregor - Album Review: The Real Karanghape Road
12 Dec 2022 // review by roger.bowie
At last, I get to write about someone who is older than me. And more notorious!
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Anthea de Milo - MNZ Interview: It's A Wrap with Roger 020: Anthea de Milo
28 Nov 2022 // interview by roger.bowie
Anthea de Milo delivers her debut solo album, The Vicar’s Daughter this Friday, December 2nd. Roger Bowie rapped with Anthea a few weeks ago in remotest Lyttelton, where the internet only allowed one camera to function, but you don’t want to see him anyway.
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Anthea de Milo - Album Review: The Vicar's Daughter
27 Nov 2022 // review by roger.bowie
Out of a cavernous ballroom in Kurow comes the soulful mourning of Anthea de Milo with an old classic, just written, Just in Case. Anthea de Milo?
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Albi & The Wolves - MNZ Interview: It's A Wrap with Roger 019: Chris Dent from Albi and the Wolves
17 Nov 2022 // interview by roger.bowie
Albi and the Wolves are on a nationwide tour commencing December 2nd and ending at the Auckland Folk Festival at the end of January. Roger Bowie raps with Chris Dent about what he’s been listening to, whether good enough is good enough, and everything you need to know about the upcoming tour.
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Come Together: The Beatles @ Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Auckland - 12/11/2022
13 Nov 2022 // review by roger.bowie
The Beatles wrote much of their ninth album, their first double, on a Transcendental Meditation course in India with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, in early 1968. They called it simply “The Beatles”, but, in contrast to the previous album cover for Sergeant Pepper, extreme in colour and pageantry, this album was just…….
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Adam Hattaway & The Haunters - Gig Review: Adam Hattaway and the Haunters @ Wine Cellar, Auckland - 04/11/2022
07 Nov 2022 // review by roger.bowie
Rick Topp opened for Adam Hattaway and the Haunters on Friday night three hours before pumpkin time. You know Rick Topp, you might not think so, but you do.
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Adam Hattaway & The Haunters - MNZ Interview: It's A Wrap with Roger 018: Adam Hattaway and Elmore Jones
04 Nov 2022 // interview by roger.bowie
Roger Bowie raps with Adam Hattaway and Elmore Jones from the Haunters about their new album, Bug Eyes, out today, and why it’s their best yet. Rebel Rebel Bowie crashes the interview and Elmore thinks Adam is a good boss.
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Adam Hattaway & The Haunters - Album Review: Bug Eyes
03 Nov 2022 // review by roger.bowie
Have you ever looked a bug in the eye? It’s scary stuff.
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Gig Review: Come Together - Tom Petty @ Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Auckland - 30/10/2022
31 Oct 2022 // review by roger.bowie
Tom Petty hit us like a bullet train in 1976. It was London, and prog rock was being challenged by punk.
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Thrashing Marlin - Album Review: Wildlife
28 Oct 2022 // review by roger.bowie
I wasn’t sure about anything, let alone a band, called Thrashing Marlin]. Are they beating a marlin with a rod or are they invoking a marlin trying to shake off a hook?
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Aldous Harding - Gig Review: Aldous Harding @ Auckland Town Hall, Auckland - 26/10/2022
28 Oct 2022 // review by roger.bowie
Ah, Aldous, it’s been three years since you filled the PowerStation twice and etched your name and face in our annals. Three long years, only relieved by a cameo at the Flying Nun birthday party last year.
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Mel Parsons - Gig Review: Mel Parsons @ Hollywood Avondale, Auckland - 15/10/2022
16 Oct 2022 // review by roger.bowie
I’m slow on the lesson, I’m slow on the learn, getting into Mel Parsons has been a slow burn. Painting the fence got me started last November before her solo gig at Tuning Fork.
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Miller Yule - Album Review: Let It Burn
29 Sep 2022 // review by roger.bowie
You can tell by the name, can’t you, you can just tell. I mean, Dwight Yoakam couldn’t be anything but a country singer, could he?
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Miller Yule - MNZ Interview: It's A Wrap with Roger 017: Miller Yule
29 Sep 2022 // interview by roger.bowie
Check out Roger’s rap with Miller Yule, Auckland based Americana rocker (with a soft touch), who releases his debut album this week, Friday September 30th. It’s called Let it Burn, and there’s quite a story behind it.
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Looking For Alaska - Gig Review: Looking for Alaska w/ Chris Dent @ Wine Cellar, Auckland - 22/09/2022
24 Sep 2022 // review by roger.bowie
Here we are on a cool, wet spring night, but as always, it’s warm inside the Wine Cellar. In The Shallows were originally on this bill but have been plagued by some ill health and we can guess what that might be, so instead Looking for Alaska step up and, no surprise, invite their old mate Chris Dent (Albi) along to open the show.
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Mel Parsons - Album Review: Slow Burn
15 Sep 2022 // review by roger.bowie
Mel Parsons’ 5th album is out today, September 16 and it’s been a Slow Burn, a journey of highs and lows as the world of lockdown and locked out intervened in thousands of creative processes sometimes positively other times depressingly and if nothing else this record is a reflection of these times. The opening track, Lights “when the lights can’t always be on, you can’t expect that I’ll always be strong” captures the malaise which follows a pandemic, and the dark flavour and nuance of the songs on Slow Burn often conflate the sense of generic, world melancholy with deep personal issues.
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Marlon Williams - Album Review: My Boy
06 Sep 2022 // review by roger.bowie
Shit, Marlon’s gone poppy. Not just My Boy.
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Killergrams - MNZ Interview: It's A Wrap with Roger 016: Killergrams
24 Aug 2022 // interview by roger.bowie
Roger Bowie caught up with Tom Maxwell from Killergrams down in Kurow where he was adding touches to the Killergrams' sophomore album, due out later this year. Tom was on his phone and outside so at times the connection weakened and then the studio dog bombed in as well as Steve from Sublime but that's life in the deep south.
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Come Together: David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust @ Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland - 20/08/2022
21 Aug 2022 // review by roger.bowie
Here we are, back in 1972, the year when if you hadn’t heard of David Bowie before, then wham!... an indelible stamp of wonder and amazement and disbelief is delivered to your consciousness for the next 50 years if not forever.
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Brookes & Johnstone - Album Review: When Summer Calls, Break Down the Walls
16 Aug 2022 // review by roger.bowie
Brookes & Johnstone sound like a pharmaceutical company, or a high street tailor with a side in patent leather shoes. But they are not.
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Jodi Vaughan - MNZ Interview: It's A Wrap with Roger 015: Jodi Vaughan
05 Aug 2022 // interview by roger.bowie
Check out Roger's rap with legendary country singer Jodi Vaughan, who is still alive and well and living in Hamilton. They talk about her new album, which is also reviewed on Muzic.
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Jodi Vaughan - Album Review: For The Love of Country
05 Aug 2022 // review by roger.bowie
The moment Tennessee Dancing strikes up, we know we are in a deep country space. Somewhere just out of Nashville, maybe a famous farm, maybe an even more famous figure, but actually, no, fooled you, we’re in the country alright, but close to home, in our very own Waikato country.
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Matt Joe Gow - MNZ Interview: It's A Wrap with Roger 014: Matt Joe Gow
02 Aug 2022 // interview by roger.bowie
Music runs in the blood of Matt Joe Gow , after being surrounded by music and picking up a guitar from a young age.
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Jenny Mitchell - Album Review: Tug of War
12 Jul 2022 // review by roger.bowie
Jenny Mitchell releases her third album on July 22nd. It’s Tug of War, a collection of sweet songs which see Jenny wear her heart on her sleeve and talk about all the pushes and pulls of a still young life where “things don’t always work out the way they do in your mind”.
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Jenny Mitchell - MNZ Interview: It's A Wrap With Roger 013: Jenny Mitchell
11 Jul 2022 // interview by roger.bowie
In the newest edition of 'It's A Wrap with Roger', Roger speaks with the stunning Jenny Mitchell about the release of her third album Tug of War, touring and a whole lot more. Watch the interview to find out what was said.
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Miles Calder - Gig Review: Miles Calder @ Wine Cellar, Auckland - 2/07/2022
03 Jul 2022 // review by roger.bowie
There’s a warm and welcoming atmosphere tonight in the Wine Cellar. It seems to be lighter along with the mood.
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Mel Parsons - MNZ Interview: It's A Wrap with Roger: Mel Parsons
30 Jun 2022 // interview by roger.bowie
I caught up with Mel Parsons at home in Lyttelton, the one place on earth where everyone who has ever recorded a song, comes from, or so it seems. Almost a cliché, Mel reckons, but although it is, in its essence, a village, Lyttelton is also a hideaway, and Mel more often sees her fellow artists at the airport, off doing their thing.
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Arun O'Connor - MNZ Interview: It's A Wrap with Roger 012: Arun O'Connor
18 Jun 2022 // interview by roger.bowie
New Zealand Alt-Country/Rock artist Arun O'Connor  has recently released his debut album 'Songs from the Reading Room'. He spoke to Roger about the new album, watch this video to hear all about it.
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Arun O'Connor - Album Review: Songs From The Reading Room
17 Jun 2022 // review by roger.bowie
Arun O’Connor is as good as gold when I speak to him in dark and gloomy Invercargill about his new album, his debut album, Songs From The Reading Room, which came out sneakily in late April.  You can see my interview with Arun in my interview series, ‘It’s a Wrap with Roger” here, but the dark and gloomy winter afternoon seems appropriate when you play the first song on the album, When the Darkness Comes Around.
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Phil Doublet - MNZ Interview: It's A Wrap with Roger 011: Phil Doublet
03 Jun 2022 // interview by roger.bowie
Roger Bowie raps with Phil Doublet about his new album Journeyman and his ‘interstate of mind’ when he wrote his best song ever.
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Gig Review: Tuning Fork Birthday @ Tuning Fork, Auckland - 01/06/2022
03 Jun 2022 // review by roger.bowie
It’s the Tuning Fork’s birthday although it’s unaware. Inertness.
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Phil Doublet - Album Review: Journeyman
02 Jun 2022 // review by roger.bowie
Phil Doublet is yet another of our unsung heroes in terms of New Zealand musicians plying their trade under the radar. For forty years.
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Al Park - Album Review: Pony
26 May 2022 // review by roger.bowie
Last year it was a Rooster. This year it’s a Pony.
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Al Park - MNZ Interview: It's A Wrap with Roger 010: Al Park
19 May 2022 // interview by roger.bowie
In our latest issue of 'It's A Wrap with Roger', Roger raps with Al Park about his new album and how to become a Christchurch icon.
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Samuel Philip Cooper - Single Review: Forever Loved
12 May 2022 // review by roger.bowie
Somewhere, over the rainbow, Samuel Philip Cooper’s Nana is still sitting in her favourite chair, a grey-haired old lady with a hint of a smile enjoying the late afternoon sun dappling into her garden. In reality Samuel’s Nana passed away during lockdown and he never got to say goodbye.
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Tess Liautaud - Album Review: Tess Liautaud
12 May 2022 // review by roger.bowie
Oh, the people of Christchurch have got music and soul everywhere, and yet another singer/songwriter emerges with an astonishingly mature debut and an international pedigree. Tess Liautaud is French, American and now Kiwi.
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Tablefox - Gig Review: Tablefox @ Anthology Lounge, Auckland - 06/05/2022
08 May 2022 // review by roger.bowie
It’s New Zealand Music Month and here we all are at Anthology Lounge for the much awaited and much postponed Tablefox new album launch for Battles. It’s been a right old battle getting the new album out and played live, and this gig was originally scheduled for last August.
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Davey Beige - EP Review: Rise Above
05 May 2022 // review by roger.bowie
Davey Beige comes straight out of the blocks on his new EP Rise Above. 80 In A 50km Zone is just what it implies, we’re off and running at almost top speed, even though “Life goes way too fast”.
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Tess Liautaud - MNZ Interview: It's A Wrap with Roger 009: Tess Liautaud
03 May 2022 // interview by roger.bowie
In this episode Roger catches up with NZ singer-songwriter Tess Liautaud.
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Jackie Bristow - Gig Review: Jackie Bristow @ Anthology Lounge, Auckland - 28/04/2022
30 Apr 2022 // review by roger.bowie
Jackie Bristow brought her new album Outsider to Anthology Lounge in Auckland on Thursday night, inside it’s warm and intimate and the seats are out. We’re still getting used to an almost post-Covid world but enough brave souls have come out to make this a proper gig and to experience the little things which make live music so special.
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Tony Lee - Album Review: Man on Mars
11 Apr 2022 // review by roger.bowie
Tony Lee is a Man on Mars. With a “here we go” Tony Lee’s band launch into a hootenanny rocking billy of an opening song which reminds me of the kind of frantic rhythm you might see and hear at Roberts Western World of a night, any night, on Broadway in Nashville.
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Jamie McDell - MNZ Interview: It's A Wrap with Roger 008: Jamie McDell
05 Mar 2022 // interview by roger.bowie
Roger recently caught up with prolific NZ single Jamie McDell to discuss her new self-titled album and much more.
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Jamie McDell - Album Review: Jamie McDell
04 Mar 2022 // review by roger.bowie
What a year it has been for Kiwis in Nashville. Just last month we had Cy Winstanley from Tattletale Saints pass through (on holiday), South for Winter play a few cameo gigs supporting the release of their great little record Luxumbra, and then Jackie Bristow releases her 5th album, recorded in Nashville, while she stayed locked down here in New Zealand.
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Jackie Bristow - Album Review: Outsider
03 Mar 2022 // review by roger.bowie
Jackie Bristow has travelled a long, rough-hewn road. It’s nearly seven years since her last album, the gentle and sweet Shot of Gold.
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Don McGlashan - Album Review: Bright November Morning
24 Feb 2022 // review by roger.bowie
Don McGlashan is gliding into iconic, almost patriarchal status in New Zealand’s musical heritage. His narrative is ours, his perspective the everyday, the mundane, the tragic and the joyful; snapshots of Kiwi normal, and occasionally not so.
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Kendall Elise - Gig Review: Kendall Elise @ Kumeu Live, Kumeu - 19/02/2022
20 Feb 2022 // review by roger.bowie
It’s an easy drive out west on this balmy February evening because everyone must be somewhere else or dodging aerosol missiles at home or flinching at the news from Ukraine. Kumeu Live is a small venue fashioned out of the Arts Centre with seating for 40-50 inside and an open flow outside to benches on a concrete court.
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Cy Winstanley - Gig Review: Cy Winstanley @ Freida Margolis, Auckland - 26/01/2022
27 Jan 2022 // review by roger.bowie
Zone red, and everything is being cancelled except the smallest of gigs, and best of all, an impromptu one at that, as Nashville based Cy Winstanley ventures out solo at the suggestion of old covers band mate Dave Khan. Which means of course that he’s not actually solo, just not Tattletale.
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Gig Review: Come Together: The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers @ Civic Theatre, Auckland - 21/01/2022
23 Jan 2022 // review by roger.bowie
Oh man, what a funny old time. Here we are on the brink of climate catastrophe, and another Covid wave which threatens to lock us down if not out, and yet over the past 3 months we have been able to reflect on and enjoy the two song writing partnerships which have arguably defined modern rock.
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Mel Parsons - Gig Review: Mel Parsons @ The Tuning Fork, Auckland - 16/12/2021
17 Dec 2021 // review by roger.bowie
You could hear a pin drop at the Tuning Fork tonight. Not the usual hum and bustle and sometimes annoying back of hall chatter.
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Adam Hattaway & The Haunters - Album Review: Rooster
18 Nov 2021 // review by roger.bowie
There’s a rooster down south, hiding out in Woolston, Christchurch and this rooster struts around like Jagger, high kicks Van Morrison out of the henhouse, and wakes you up in the morning with a raucous squawk. Why won’t that rooster shut the fuck up?
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Mac Summer - MNZ Interview: It's A Wrap with Roger 005: Mac Summer
08 Nov 2021 // interview by roger.bowie
In this episode of 'It's A Wrap with Roger', Roger speaks with NZ music legend Malcolm Welsford about his newest music endeavour, Mac Summer.
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Harry Hodgman - EP Review: Puzzle
01 Nov 2021 // review by roger.bowie
Harry Hodgman plays the piano. He sings a little as well, a bit like Rufus Wainwright or Perfume Genius.
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Harry Hodgman - MNZ Interview: It's A Wrap with Roger 004: Harry Hodgman
22 Oct 2021 // interview by roger.bowie
In this episode of 'It's A Wrap with Roger', Roger speaks with Harry Hodgman , a unique contributor to the NZ music scene with his original songs and instrumentals. Harry has published two original songbooks for piano & voice, and is currently writing a third.
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Stewart Allan - Album Review: 9 Rooms
18 Oct 2021 // review by roger.bowie
Oh my goodness, how many more hidden talents do we have in this lockdown land? Stewart Allan has been a musician for over 20 years and first made a name for himself in a forest in Poland before the wall came down.
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Darryn Harkness - MNZ Interview: It's A Wrap with Roger 003: Darryn Harkness
13 Oct 2021 // interview by roger.bowie
Welcome to another episode of Roger Bowie's 'It's a Wrap with Roger' interview series. Today Roger speaks to songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Darryn Harkness.
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Darryn Harkness - Album Review: Rare Grooves And Tone Research Volume 1
13 Oct 2021 // review by roger.bowie
I met Darryn Harkness a few weeks ago when he supported Andrew Fagan in a little gig in a little bar called The St Heliers Bay Pigeon Racing Club. Yes.
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The Jesse Wilde Band - Album Review: Headin' South
12 Oct 2021 // review by roger.bowie
With a name like Jesse Wilde you’d be sure he must be an outlaw. Especially when he looks a lot like Duane Allman in his cover photo.
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Reb Fountain - Album Review: Iris
01 Oct 2021 // review by roger.bowie
Psyche emerges from an opening string sequence which evokes a western movie soundtrack before simplifying to a naked piano behind a barrage of poetry and sailing under a vast star….”who are we in this life?
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Kendall Elise - MNZ Interview: It's A Wrap with Roger 002: Kendall Elise
27 Aug 2021 // interview by roger.bowie
In the second episode of 'It's A Wrap with Roger', Roger speaks to Kendall Elise about her new album Let The Night In, which is available from today.
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Kendall Elise - Album Review: Let The Night In
26 Aug 2021 // review by roger.bowie
The new album from Kendall Elise is out today. It’s called Let The Night In, and once again Kendall recorded at Roundhead.
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Kerryn Fields - Album Review: Water
19 Aug 2021 // review by roger.bowie
At last, some 2 ½ years after seeing her for the first time and hearing some new songs, Kerryn Field’s sophomore album, Water hit my inbox (thanks Kerryn) and is now firmly ensconced in my hard drive. Now I can listen to the whole collection, and from the opening unaccompanied courageously operatic shrill, Atlantis emerges… we’ve heard this song before, the one which pays homage to Rust Never Sleeps and Pocahontas and the death wish which surges in response to the way Kerryn’s partner loves that song.
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Graeme James - Gig Review: Graeme James @ The Tuning Fork, Auckland - 13/08/2021
15 Aug 2021 // review by roger.bowie
On a cool spring evening (spring always started in August where I grew up, down south) the Tuning Fork is nicely staged with a clutch of instruments neatly arranged in anticipation. The modest crowd bunches up to form an intimate cluster and a familiar face takes the stage in the form of Chris/Albi without the Wolves, or at least half of them because the willowy, billowy puppet-like figure of Pascal Roggen also joins him on half a dozen instruments more commonly known as the violin.
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The After - Gig Review: The After @ Anthology, Auckland - 12/08/2021
14 Aug 2021 // review by roger.bowie
It’s a year and a bit on and here we are again at Anthology for a night of rock curated by Andrew Featherstone and featuring his band The After. Last year we were left a bit muddled about promises of things to come and whether it would be the hereafter, but no, it’s more like an AfterFest.
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Andrew Fagan - Gig Review: Andrew Fagan and the Person @ Pigeon Racing Club, St Heliers Bay - 31/07/2021
01 Aug 2021 // review by roger.bowie
Down on the St Heliers strip, just a stone’s throw away from the Village Hall captured in the late 70's by the punk rockers, there sits a little hole-in-the-wall bar which is also the HQ for the St Heliers Bay Pigeon Racing Club. Pigeon Racing is an ancient sport which carries on to this day.
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Graeme James - EP Review: Field Notes on an Endless Day
29 Jul 2021 // review by roger.bowie
Graeme James wasn’t planning on becoming a folk singer. Yes, he trained as a violinist from the age of seven, gradually extending his prowess to include other instruments, most prominently the guitar, and other genres, specifically folk, because the family had a band.
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Gig Review: Come Together: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Civic Theatre, Auckland - 17/07/2021
18 Jul 2021 // review by roger.bowie
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was never my favourite Elton John record, even though it turns out to be everyone else’s. At 76 minutes, it was long for its day, a ramshackle, mixed metaphor affair which reflected the prolific nature of the John/Taupin creative partnership in the early 70s, seven albums in five years, too many songs and too much excitement to attempt to cull and reject.
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