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Articles By Roger Bowie

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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Tom Maxwell - MNZ Interview: It's A Wrap with Roger 016: Tom Maxwell
24 Aug 2022 // interview by Roger Bowie
Roger Bowie caught up with Tom Maxwell down in Kurow where he was adding touches to his band 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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