Taste Merchants ticks all the boxes for the perfect Friday night out where you can get up close and personal with some of Dunedin’s best bands while sampling quality craft brew from Castle MacAdam Wine Shop next door. By night, this daytime cosy cafe/wine tasting room is transformed into an edgy underground gig venue. Not surprisingly, owner Darren Stedman drums for local band The Prophet Hens. So who are the Prophet Hens? Lineup: Karl Bray (guitar/vocals); Penelope Esplin (keys/vocals); Robin Cederman (bass) and Darren Stedman (drums). The band name is based on a 19th century myth in which the ‘prophet’ hen lays eggs with messages about the second-coming. Last Friday, the band performed a lively, eclectic mix of their new material, supported by G.A.G.