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CONCERT REVIEW Queens Of The Stone Age, Spark Arena – 29 February

Queens Of The Stone Age played Auckland’s Spark Arena last night, the latest stop on their The End Is Nero tour to promote latest album In Times New Roman, and it was clear the group are at the top of their game.

Taking the stage to a cover of Nat King Cole’s “Smile” (‘Smile though your heart is achin’ …’) the group didn’t say a word, instead driving an enthusiastic crowd wild by launching straight into hits “No One Knows” and “The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret”.

TV Review Sunny Skies S1 Ep02

The second episode of Sunny Skies – the new local comedy from Mike Smith and Paul Yates, starring Oliver Driver and Tammy Davis as half-brothers thrown together after the death of the dad neither of them knew, and tasked with running the holiday park he owned – aired on Friday night (TV3, 8pm), entertaining throughout and proving that the brilliant first episode wasn’t a fluke; this is the best new local comedy of the season. There is just so much to love about this show.

TV REVIEW The Blue Rose S1 Ep02

Last week’s premiere of The Blue Rose – the latest drama from Rachel Lang and James Griffifififififfiin, the team behind Outrageous Fortune – ended abruptly. In fact, it left my spidey senses* tingling, so much so that I held off on reviewing the first episode. It just didn’t feel like the right point at which to review the show.

TV REVIEW The Radio S1

What is the nicest thing I can say about The Radio, which started on Friday night after the new season premiere of 7 Days? I guess things can only get better from here. I mean, they sure couldn’t get much worse.

TV REVIEW Agent Anna S1 premiere

New, locally produced comedy series Agent Anna debuted last night on One, produced by Rachel Gardner (The Cult) and written by Maxine Fleming (who wrote two first season episodes of Outrageous Fortune), and starring a familiar face in Robyn Malcolm – and I have a few thoughts after the requisite spoiler warning …

MUSIC REVIEW Paramore, David Gray, Nirvana

A new batch of CD Reviews – this month I take a look at the the latest effort from pop-punksters Paramore; chill out and try not be disappointed by the latest from David Gray; and re-visit the debut by grunge rockers Nirvana. Enjoy!

ARTIST: Paramore
RATING: 3.5 out of 5

I’m going to be honest – to start with, I didn’t know if I liked Paramore or not.

MUSIC REVIEW Alice In Chains, Muse, The Beatles

ARTIST: Alice in Chains
RATING: 4 out of 5

Generation X readers of this magazine may recall Alice in Chains, the often forgotten or overlooked Seattle-based metal group who emerged around the same time as grunge spearheads Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, though established themselves as different by shunning some of grunges shall-we-say less appealing aspects, and embracing vocal and guitar harmonics as one of the cores of their songwriting.

MUSIC REVIEW La Roux, Arctic Monkeys, Fat Freddys Drop

RATING: 3.5 out of 5

You could be forgiven for thinking that the synth-pop sound had died an honourable death in the early 1990s, following the virtual demise of Neil Tennants’ the Pet Shop Boys and Annie Lennox going into more rock-centric territory with the Eurythmics.

MUSIC REVIEW Grizzly Bear, Wilco, Chickenfoot

ARTIST: Grizzly Bear
RATING: 4 out of 5

Back with their third full length album, Brooklyn-based indie act Grizzly Bear have released one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the year with Veckatimest.

MUSIC REVIEW Eskimo Joe, Yusuf, Green Day

ARTIST: Eskimo Joe
RATING: 2 out of 5

From the distant shores of Western Australia comes the latest from critically-acclaimed, award-winning rockers Eskimo Joe.

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