Yes they can rock - or in some cases, act. But can they swing? In the musical sense, that is. That is the question the likes of Jason Kerrison (Opshop), Kirsten Morrell (Goldenhorse), Dave Gibson (Elemeno P) and Nathan King (Zed) face at charity bash Starship Supernova Swing. Also putting on their glad rags will be Lucy Lawless, Peter Urlich and the Lady Killers, all performing to raise money for Starship projects.
Starship Supernova Swing, Vector Arena, September 16
Wellington rockers Head Like a Hole are back playing together, and will bring their sweaty rock'n'roll swagger to the Powerstation this Friday night. Huge in New Zealand in the 90s, if the younger generation need a lesson in how to rock out, this is the chance to catch a reformed piece of Kiwi musical history. Support comes from another band who know a thing or two about putting on a quality rock show - Auckland's Luger Boa.
HLAH with Luger Boa - Powerstation, September 11
Years ago in Christchurch, Isaac Aesili and Dave Wright were founding members of hip-hop group Solaa and now, years on, they each have new projects on the go with albums out on the same day. Aesili's solo album Eye Can See, and Wright's with his band Electric Wire Hustle. The two team up for a tour to celebrate the release of their respective albums, and hit Auckland's Khuja Lounge this Friday.
Electric Wire Hustle & Isaac Aesili - Khuja Lounge, Level 3, 536 Queen St, 9pm
Comedians Danny McChrystal and Reuben Lee reprise their sell-out show from the Comedy Festival Full English: The Empire Strikes Back Comedy Show. A couple of painfully funny gentlemen from the north of England leave no taboo unbroken in this intimate show at The Classic's Studio. Also features guest MC Stella Graham.
Full English: The Empire Strikes Back Comedy Show - The Classic Studio, Level 1, 321 Queen St City, September 12, 8pm
Friendly funny man Te Radar takes his historical stage show out West this Saturday night. Eating The Dog is a look at some of New Zealand's not-quite-heroes. Radar tells us he will be examining the "bumblers and the near-do-wells, who personify the archetypal - 'she'll be right, let's have a crack' spirit". Using props and charts this interactive show is a laugh and a half.
Te Radar's Eating The Dog - Titirangi War Memorial Hall, September 12
American rapper Flo Rida burst on to the scene with club weapon Low and has since worked with Will.I.Am, Sean Kingston and Timbaland. He brings his live show to Auckland's Powerstation for a one-off show tonight. Local R&B up-and-comer J. Williams, with his debut album Young Love tearing up the charts, is performing in support.
Flo Rida - Powerstation, Auckland, September 10
Godfathers of the New Zealand electronic music scene, Pitch Black, perform in Auckland this weekend. Every Object Has A Shadow is the name of the gig and will see Mike and Paddy presenting their usual deep musical journey, matched to mind-altering visuals. Support comes from Auckland-based duo Pig Out, DJ Automatic, and party favourites the North Shore Pony Club.
Pitch Black and Pig Out - Transmission Room, Auckland, September 12
The Basement Theatre's new play Killer Joe will appeal to fans of hillbilly vampire show True Blood - there are fewer vampires, sure, but no shortage of trailer-dwelling Texans behaving badly. Billed as a "savagely funny, pitch-black comedy", the play stars Colin Moy, Shortland Street's Beth Allen, Charlie McDermott, Sara Wiseman and Outrageous Fortune's Craig Hall.
Killer Joe - The Basement, Lower Grey's Ave, Auckland, September 11-October 3