About timgruar

Music Journalist and Graphics artist. I specialise in writing about New Zealand bands, artists and theatre. I also run a book review site called http://groovebookreport.blogspot.co.nz. I currently write for www.13thfloor.co.nz; write and produce for www.groovefm.co.nz and https://www.booksellers.co.nz. Previously I've written for the Groove Guide, Rip it Up, Telecom's In house Magazine, Salient, Dominion Post, The Evening Post, and various blogs. I am also a graphic artist and design posters for theatre in the Wellington area. Contact me at tim_gruar@yahoo.com

Review: Graeme James – The Long Way Home

Graeme James

Originally published: https://www.ambientlightblog.com/graeme-james-the-long-way-home/#more-34180 

Over the last few days of darkness I’ve been listening to expat Kiwi singer-songwriter Graeme James’ uplifting new album, seeking some kind of reassurance in humanity. If music is a healer, then I may have found some remedies here. These songs have a degree of spiritual elevation about them. Given recent events, I have little tolerance for cynical or abrasive, angry music. These songs are about community and celebration. Tracks like Here and Now (revived from an earlier release), wrap you up like the arms of good friends, joyfully dancing together in the middle of a pub room floor.

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Eminem, Wellington NZ, 2019

Eminem

Photography by Jeremy Deputat.

First published @ https://www.ambientlightblog.com/eminem-wellington-nz-2019

Last year there was a tourist campaign that asked the question: “Nil Ziland! Where the bloody hell are ya?!!” I’ll tell you where they were, at least tonight. Almost 46,500 Kiwis were here, at the Capital’s Westpac Stadium to see Hip Hop royalty rave it up. The buzz on this gig started way back last year. Tickets sold out in just 15 minutes, swelling the house way beyond the previous record holder, Robbie Williams (that inaugural show only scored 42,000).

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Technology On Winding Roads: A C.W. Stoneking Interview

Coastella 2019 - CW Stoneking 3

CW Stoneking – Photo: Tim Gruar

First published at: https://www.ambientlightblog.com/technology-on-winding-roads-a-c-w-stoneking-interview/

Just ahead of his appearance at the Kapiti Coast’s Coastella Festival, a part of his New Zealand tour –  retro-blues merchant C.W. Stoneking talks to Tim Gruar about discovering and playing music that’s out of time, going all ‘Boogaloo’ and working with Jack White and Josh Homme.

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