The first 101 issues of Rip It Up have been added to the freely-accessible online archive, Papers Past. Gareth Shute tracked down some of the people behind this legendary publication to get a sense of how it started and why it was so essential to the local music scene.
Throughout 2018, James Milne (aka Lawrence Arabia) released a song a month to fans who’d supported him via a Kickstarter campaign. He took time out from his tour supporting the resulting album, Singles Club, to speak with Gareth Shute about the ups and downs of producing songs to a monthly schedule.
Bob Marley played his first and only New Zealand concert on Monday, 16 April 1979, at Auckland’s Western Springs. Gareth Shute looks back on that visit and the seismic effect it had on this country’s relationship with reggae music.
There's been a decades-long campaign to get a quota of New Zealand music on radio, but radio is no longer where a lot of us hear new music. Should the same pressure be applied to streaming playlists?
After living and working for years in London alongside his band, The Veils, Finn Andrews returned to Auckland last year. Gareth Shute talks to him about his heartbreak-inflected new album, One Piece At A Time.
The Auckland City Mission is in the midst of a $90 million redevelopment. Gareth Shute, once a volunteer at the Mission, talks with long-serving staff member Wilf Holt about how â€¦
Gareth Shute digs around to create a best-of-2018 music list with one criterion: the tracks all have less than 1000 streams on Spotify.
Former Tesla employee Hamish McKenzie explains why he believes the widespread adoption of electric vehicles is inevitable.
Kaylee Bell on her new music, her foothold in the Australian country scene and the musical stalwarts she’s been working with in Nashville.
John Rykenberg ran a studio of photographers from the 50s to the 70s. Last year, 900 boxes from his studio were donated to Auckland Libraries. Here are some favourites.
Gareth Shute checks in on the B:HIVE's progress since opening its first two floors in December. He chats to two B:HIVE tenants and Smales Farm CEO Paul Gunn to get an insider's perspective.
Vincent Lum – aka Vincent HL – discusses his fuzzed-out take on country rock and a new set of songs that cover everything from death to hangovers to strange mystical vortexes.
“Dream pop” and "shoegaze" are the genres of the moment in the worldwide indie scene and New Zealand is no exception. Gareth Shute traces their origins and looks at why they're back in the spotlight.