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How Many Indpendent Records Stores Are Left In NZ?

How Many Indpendent Records Stores Are Left In NZ?

Yesterday, after Mr Music Manager mentioned an indie record store he visited in London, we got to thinking about how many independent record stores are left in New Zealand.  With the decline in physical music sales in NZ over the... More

Q&A with Andrew Spraggon from Sola Rosa

Q&A with Andrew Spraggon from Sola Rosa

Low and Behold, High and Beyond represents quite a divergence from the sound on Sola Rosa's four previous albums.  How would you identify the change that has happened between then and now, Andrew?... More

Q&A with Kevin Field

Q&A with Kevin Field

In creating your new album Field of Vision, you've worked with Nathan Haines on production and recording at Neil Finn's Roundhead Studios and also done some in George Schoushkoff's Revolver Studio. How has that been?... More

Q&A with Heavy Metal Ninjas

Q&A with Heavy Metal Ninjas

You guys are involved in various other musical projects and the Heavy Metal Ninjas will only just be coming to some people's attention now.  When did the band actually form? Richie Allan: 2010 - the actual band... More

Q&A With Jonny Love

Q&A With Jonny Love

You've spoken a bit about the process of writing and demoing for this album, travelling and writing in hotel rooms, etc. Can you tell us about that experience? It was incredible, South East Asia is just an amazing place to... More

A decent chat with Barnaby Weir

A decent chat with Barnaby Weir

On the eve of the release of his brand new solo album Tarot Card Rock, Ellen Falconer chats to the man himself - Barnaby Weir... More

Home-Brew's Pre-BDO Chat

Home-Brew's Pre-BDO Chat

Local hip-hop outfit Home-Brew has always been one for the DIY route, and have done so rather successfully. Four EPs have been released (with a full-length on the way), there have been a couple of nationwide tours, and last Friday... More

A Letter Home from Urbantramper

A Letter Home from Urbantramper

Currently meandering around the world playing music and seeing some sights, Urbantramper took a moment to reflect and wrote us a little letter home. Awww! Dear Zealand. I miss you... More

Q&A with Adam Ladley (The Family Cactus)

Q&A with Adam Ladley (The Family Cactus)

Taking seven people and their instruments to the other side of the world is no easy feat. Wellington band Family Cactus managed to achieve this late last year, when they lived in New York for two months - performing at... More

Q&A with Street Chant

Q&A with Street Chant

Auckland band Street Chant have been around for a while now, building their reputation on killer live shows and their ability to create songs worth using your internet bandwidth on. After a name and line up change, their highly anticipated... More

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Tattletale Saints - How Red Is the Blood

Tattletale Saints - How Red Is the Blood

The duo behind this debut album of sensitively understated folk and subtle simplicity have a bit of "form", we might say. They are expat Kiwis Cy Winstanley and Vanessa McGowan who were previously in Her Make Believe Band. Their AM... More

Sam RB - Queen Street Acoustics

Sam RB - Queen Street Acoustics

Auckland songwriter Sam RB has been met with some skepticism (if not outright cynicism) by many mainstream music writers on account of her song for the New Zealand Olympic Team (music journalists rarely like patriotic or cheerleading songs, regardless of... More

The Bads - Travel Light

The Bads - Travel Light

In an interview some years ago Graham Brazier said that in the rush to embrace younger artists, New Zealand had created what he called "adult contempt". If you were over 28 you were ignored, he said... More

Popstrangers - Antipodes

Popstrangers - Antipodes

Because international writers can often take a more dispassionate view of New Zealand culture -- witness the difference between local and overseas reviews of The Hobbit; ours mostly loved it, theirs went hmmm, yawn -- it is often salutory to... More

Plum Green - Rushes

Plum Green - Rushes

Although until recently we had Plum Green's succession of notable EPs to keep us sated, the release of her debut album Rushes is no less welcome.  After years of preening up support, along with a short and productive crowd funding... More

Girls Pissing On Girls Pissing - Eeling

Girls Pissing On Girls Pissing - Eeling

Given their chosen name, you can guess that this Auckland four-piece don't expect (or possibly want) mainstream recognition either at home or abroad. And you don't want to know what comes up if you do a web-search or look on... More

Hello Sailor - Surrey Crescent Moon

Hello Sailor - Surrey Crescent Moon

The mythology and facts surrounding Hello Sailor as the Famously Dissolute Ponsonby Rock Band of the Seventies probably does them a disservice these days... More

Pin Group - Ambivalence

Pin Group - Ambivalence

In his liner notes to this important reissue from Flying Nun, Bruce Russell makes the point that this collection has not only historical significance -- the Pin Group's Ambivalence was the first single on the fledgling Flying Nun label in... More

Dear Time's Waste - Some Kind Of Eden

Dear Time's Waste - Some Kind Of Eden

When I heard 'Clandestine', the first single from Dear Time's Waste back in 2009, I was immediately hooked by its simultaneously sparse and complex nature.  The powerfully monotonous bass and snare drums, accompanied by no crash and scarcely a cymbal,... More

Julie Lamb - Trippin' The Light

Julie Lamb - Trippin' The Light

"If you catch me, don't burn yourself", enunciates Julie Lamb in Tell Me Who I Am, the opening track on her second album Trippin' the Light.  It's some fitting phrasing indeed when we view the record in its entirety.  Lamb... More

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Taite Music Prize 2014 Finalists Announced

Taite Music Prize 2014 Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2014 Taite Music Prize have today been announced. The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000, to be spent as they wish. The cash prize is kindly supplied by Recorded Music NZ. The winner will... More

Liam Finn Announces Headline Shows and New Album

Liam Finn Announces Headline Shows and New Album

Liam Finn has announced his return to the Auckland live scene with a show at Galatos on Friday January 31st, in prepartion for the release of his third studio album, The Nihilist, on April 4th. Finn will also play two... More

Amplifier's Top 20 Albums of 2013

Amplifier's Top 20 Albums of 2013

It's that time of year again as we are stoked to announce Amplifier's Top 20 Albums for 2013. It's been another stellar year for New Zealand Music, and we did not take this task lightly. We found we hadn't stopped... More

Music At Matua Returns For 2014

Music At Matua Returns For 2014

Matua Wines, Kiwi FM & Phoenix Drinks are proud to announce that Music at Matua will return this summer on Saturday 8th February, 2014 with a lineup that includes TrinityRoots, SJD, Joseph & Maia, and Laughton Kora. ... More

Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2013 Winners Announced

Lorde was one of the big winners at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards for 2013, taking home Tuis in all three of her nominated categories - Single of the Year, Breakthrough Artist and People's Choice, plus the International Achievement... More

Rhythm and Vines Finalise 2013 Line-Up

Rhythm and Vines Finalise 2013 Line-Up

Rhythm and Vines have today released the third line-up announcement for 2013 with a further 40 artists added to the bill. ... More

Sheep, Dog & Wolf Win Critics' Choice Prize

Sheep, Dog & Wolf Win Critics' Choice Prize

Last night saw Sheep, Dog & Wolf take out the Critics' Choice Prize for the 2013 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. After performing a thirty minute live set, Sheep, Dog & Wolf were chosen as the winner over the two other finalists,... More

Homegrown Second Line-Up Announcement

Homegrown Second Line-Up Announcement

Now with eight stages and over 60 acts, Jim Beam Homegrown will see the most Kiwi artists ever assembled in one place at one time. Taking place February 15th 2014, the festival will see two new stages, new layouts and... More

Making Tracks October Funding Round Decisions

Making Tracks October Funding Round Decisions

NZ On Air have today announced the decisions for the October round of Making Tracks funding. Of the 133 eligible applicants, 23 received funding for either a recording and a video, or a video only. The successful applicants are:  ... More

VNZMA Finalists for 2013 Announced

Shapeshifter and Aaradhna are this year's front-runners for the Vodafone NZ Music Awards with five finalist spots each, with Unknown Mortal Orchestra following closely on four. ... More

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