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Articles By Roger Bowie

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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  • COLD HEART (PNAU REMIX)
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  • LOVE NWANTITI (AH AH AH)
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  • INDUSTRY BABY
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  • STAY
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    Ed Sheeran
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  • MEET ME AT OUR SPOT
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  • HAPPIER THAN EVER
    Billie Eilish
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