How RNZ’s Matinee Idle taught me not to let fear hold me back

Radio competitions are won by impulsive decision-makers. A giveaway on RNZ taught one woman to never hesitate.

A definitive ranking of the best church bangers

God may have created all his children in his image, but the same cannot be said for his hymns. Some church songs are good, some are bad, and some are absolute bangers.

Cheat Sheet: Benee is blowing up on TikTok. Here’s why it’s a big deal

19-year-old Benee’s track ‘Glitter’ is climbing international charts thanks to being given a TikTok dance. How does that work? Josie Adams explains what a TikTok dance is, and how this social media app is the new MTV.

Cecily on spending New Year’s alone and her surprise side gig

Sam Brooks interviews Cecily, the local singer behind surprise sleeper hit 'Thinking 'Bout Me'.

Music Archive

Who is Cavetown, and how did he sell out in Auckland?

An artist called Cavetown is coming to Auckland in January for a show that's already sold out. But what, praytell, is a Cavetown?

Frozen 2 songs, ranked by how likely your kids are to constantly sing them in your face

Sam Brooks ranks the songs of Frozen 2 based on how likely it is your kid will scream them in your face.

EXCLUSIVE: MAALA ‘Fire Burning’ video premiere

The Spinoff presents the premiere of MAALA’s new music video, the Connor Pritchard-directed ‘Fire Burning’.

The Spinoff’s songs of the month: November 2019

A te reo Christmas song, 2019's favourite mumbler and music's coolest sisters are all part of our songs of the month for November.

Tom Scott just leaked his own album on WeTransfer

Tom Scott, otherwise known as Avantdale Bowling Club, has leaked his collaboration with Joel Tashkoff, shortly after winning album of the year at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. 

Church & AP explain every song on their debut album

Fast-rising Auckland rap duo Church & AP talk us through the ten tracks of their debut album, Teeth.

EXCLUSIVE: Daffodils ‘Boys’ music video premiere

The Spinoff presents the premiere of buzzed-about Auckland post-punk band Daffodils’ new music video ‘Boys’.

The VNZMAs were pure chaos and an extremely good time

13 moments that prove the music awards are so much > than all other award shows

The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards are tonight. Here’s who we think will win

The 2019 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards are just a few hours away and, believe it, we have reckons. Who will win? Who should win? Sam Brooks is ready for some prognosticating.

Gwen Stefani’s Love. Angel. Music. Baby. was a pop gem flung out of time and space

Sam Brooks looks back on Gwen Stefani's Love.Angel.Music.Baby on the album's fifteenth anniversary.

The Spinoff’s songs of the month: October 2019

The return of the original girl group babes, the twink Taylor Swift, and New Zealand's most electrifying rap group are all part of our songs of the month. 

I was a tweenage hoodlum: A Lower Hutt intermediate school does West Side Story

A group of eleven year olds performed the full adult version of West Side Story in Lower Hutt in the 80s, and it was a life-changing experience.