How the hell did ‘Hide and Seek’ end up in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?

In the middle of a spectacular play about witches and wizards, a song from The O.C. plays. Madeleine Chapman unpacks her emotions around 'Hide and Seek'.

Poetik is bringing back 90s West Coast rap, Samoan style

Poetik is a fresh talent within the Auckland hip hop scene, but he takes a very retro approach to his music.

Splore 2019 in photos: Celebrating 20 years of unique beats, freaks and vibes

Through rain and shine, Splore 2019 shone bright for three days.

Review: Six60 keep the summer vibes going at Western Springs

The rain held off for Six60's record-smashing show at Western Springs Stadium in central Auckland, an inclusive celebration of Kiwi good times, writes Waveney Russ for RNZ.

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How Imugi 이무기 went from bedroom artists to rising music stars

To celebrate the launch of New Balance's 997H – the sneaker built for independents – The Spinoff spoke to Auckland synth pop duo Imugi about their musical influences, independence, growing up, and giving voice to bicultural experiences.

Bea Lewis from Haiku Hands: ‘I just completely enter into a 45 minute vortex’

Australian band Haiku Hands had a social media smash with their song 'Not About You', and they're performing at Splore this weekend.

Pussy Riot’s message for NZ: ‘Freedom exists if you fight for it every day’

Tonight, Pussy Riot perform their show Riot Days as a part of Auckland Fringe. In the lead-up to the performance, Dina Jezdic talked to the collective's Maria 'Masha' Alyokhina.

Why we love Lizzo

She's the tsunami taking the world over - and you better get on the wave before you get dragged under. Sam Brooks tells you why you love Lizzo.

UPDATED: How shit will the weather be for gigs this weekend?

There's a cyclone sitting off the coast and we're already feeling its tendrils. From Six60 to Splore, which shows will suffer worst this weekend? 

ASHY: The young Christchurch artist poised to be NZ’s next big pop star

Sam Brooks talks to ASHY about her brilliant new single 'Temporary Crush', the hustle of being self-managed, and her hopes for 2019.

Review: Marlon Williams with the APO at Villa Maria Estate

Waveney Russ is impressed by an outstanding performance from Marlon Williams and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at Villa Maria in Auckland.

The music we grew up with: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill tour review

Simon Day was at the last night of the tumultuous 20th anniversary tour of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

What happens to the music of R Kelly and Michael Jackson?

First published on RNZ, ethnomusicologist Kirsten Zemke weighs in what fans should do with the music of alleged bad men. 

Where are the women on the ‘world’s best guitarist’ lists?

Talented women guitarists are not in short supply, so why aren't they anywhere to be seen on lists ranking our guitar greats? Who is currently regarded as the greatest guitarist of …

bFM is turning 50 and other radio stations are still shit

This week the Auckland radio station 95bFM celebrates its 50th anniversary. Russell Brown looks back at the station's history, the hurdles it's overcome, and why it thrived.

So Pop took us to 90s church last night

Last night The Spinoff sent a specialist squad of millennials to the 90s nostalgia fest So Pop. This is their story.