A sitcom starring Pamela Anderson as a bookstore employee in 2005? We're already laughing. Sam Brooks writes about the dusty two-season wonder that was Stacked.
Christchurch-born Theia's second EP Not Your Princess drops today. Sam Brooks chats with the singer about her new music and her video for International Women's Day.
'Old Town Road' has gained fame not just for its country-hook goodness, but also for the controversy raging around it. Sam Brooks explores what the song's success says about country music's purity problem.
How time flies – Final Fantasy 6 was released 25 years ago this month. Sam Brooks remembers its brilliant antagonist, an evil clown who actually succeeded in destroying the world.
Armed only with a limited knowledge of sportspeople and breakfast radio, Sam Brooks power-ranks the celebs lining up to compete in Dancing with the Stars NZ this year.
She's written some of the biggest hits across the world the past few years, and now she's stepping into the limelight. Here's what you need to know about pop music's next superstar.
The Beer and Cider Awards are serious business in the industry - so why not send along a beer novice to see what it's all about? Sam Brooks writes.
The prolific and acclaimed country singer-songwriter Brandy Clark performs in Auckland tomorrow. Sam Brooks talked to her ahead of her performance.
After seeing three shows in the Auckland Arts Festival this week, Sam Brooks reflects on the place of art in the wake of national tragedy.
The internet is a place where the darkest seeds of the world take root – but there's light there too. Sam Brooks talks to the person behind one of those lights, the Can You Pet the Dog twitter account.
There's no doubt that The Spice Girls are one of the biggest bands of all time - but how have they fared in the twenty-odd years since?
How important is accessibility when it comes to enjoying and appreciating our art? Sam Brooks reviews Blanc de Blanc and The Magic Flute, both part of the Auckland Arts Festival.
Anika Moa Unleashed finishes up its second season with its most coveted and triumphant get yet: A twenty year reunion of TrueBliss.
Left Alive has been released this past week to harsh reviews and studio backpedalling - yet another failure in the rare people-in-robots genre of game.
Working on my Night Moves is the latest show from award-winning theatremaker Julia Croft - and marks a philosophical change for her.
The Enemy Within combines the funnest parts of a spy thriller with the complexity of a character study, thanks to a compelling lead performance. Sam Brooks reviews.
Sam Brooks steps back in time to 2009, the year of Now! That's What I Call Music 31. What did his younger self think of those songs – and do they still hold up today?
Our sword-queen returns, a reliable popstar deepens her foundations and Aldous Harding mesmerizes us with the power of dance. These are the songs of the month – five international, three local – as picked by The Spinoff’s culture editor Sam Brooks.
Australian band Haiku Hands had a social media smash with their song 'Not About You', and they're performing at Splore this weekend.