Craig Mathieson meets the front-girl of the Grates.
"The line went down the street," she says, "but I just walked to the front of it and went straight in".
The same rapid elevation to exclusive status applies to the Grates.
A 21-year-old bundle of screwball charm, she is a fast conversationalist who exudes a wide-eyed joy at life's rich pageant.
She may operate on her own frequency, but Hodgson had enough front to bluff her way into one of the premier nights at SXSW, the appearance by English sensation Bloc Party.
If you're heading to Brisbane for a tropical weekend of indulgence, there are a few institutions you simply have to visit.
A lot of the best food, drinks and company will take you off the beaten track, so don't be afraid to rent a car and hit the road.
Why do we think of New Zealanders as second class citizens (controversial! I'm 23 and have been dating my high school sweetheart for 6 years. Paranormal experie Patience asks Mel for some sensitive Bridesmaids advice. Rachael mistakenly bought a pair of pageant mother Special Guest - Raven Hodgson!
My heart's starting to stray and I need some advice. Do you want me to embarrass myself when I by butt cream accidentally at the cosmetics counter? Vicky needs help dressing 1920s for her University Ball. Mel has to let a friend down - how should she do it?
Patience, before The Grates got famous, would you have considered dating som A very special pharmaceutical You're Welcome with Living Legend (and pharmacist) Emma.