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

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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WOMAD 2019 Interviews: My Baby

My Baby

First published at: https://www.ambientlightblog.com/womad-2019-interviews-my-baby/

Tim Gruar continues his series about artists coming to Womad in March, this time talking to Dutch/Kiwi three piece My Baby – a group that defies the usual trappings of the music industry machinery, preferring to tour, record and produce entirely under their own steam.

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WOMAD 2019 Interviews: Congress Of Animals

Congress

First published at: https://www.ambientlightblog.com/womad-2019-interviews-congress-of-animals/

As part of our series of interviews with artists playing at this year’s WOMAD, Tim Gruar talks to fellow Wellingtonian Ben Lemi about the new Congress of Animals Collective, mixing with the ‘Muppet-man’ and strange men in his garden.

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Guitar Based Twang: A Soaked Oats Interview

Originally published at: https://www.ambientlightblog.com/guitar-based-twang-a-soaked-oats-interview/

Kapiti Coast’s boutique music festival Coastella prides itself on booking a range of unique and quirky indie bands alongside their headliners, providing an all-round family-friendly big day out.

Now in its 3rd year, the gig boasts three Aussie acts: funksters Mama Kin; retro bluesman C.W. Stoneking and the big brass sound of Bulhorn. There’s also Auckland’s oddities Ha The Unclear; local folktronica duo Rosy Teacaddy; Womad sensations The Miltones; recent Euro-tourers The Beths; firm favourites Trinity Roots and upcoming Southern upstarts Soaked Oats.

With the help of some cellular magic, Tim Gruar managed to wrangle Soaked Oats’ drummer Conor Feehy away for a quick chat about their Australian adventures, making music about fruit and their new e.p, ahead of their upcoming appearance up the Coast…

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