Georgia Lines on finding her voice, trusting herself and not burning out early

As the young songwriter steps confidently into a new phase of her career, she explains how it’s unfolded to this point.

Troy Kingi’s brush with death

Watch | The musician, actor and Masked Singer tells us about a terrifying underwater experience in this week’s episode of FIRST.

Scorching takes on ‘Solar Power’: Lorde’s new single, reviewed

A new Lorde single, heralding a new Lorde album, both called 'Solar Power'. Sand between our toes, we listen to the tune and watch the video.   

An interview with American music legend Jonathan Richman – all in handwriting

A giant of American music, Jonathan Richman doesn't do digital. He has no mobile phone, no computer even. So I sent him a letter.

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‘How the hell am I going to finish this?’ Ladyhawke on her long, patient comeback

Five years since her her last album, Ladyhawke's long-awaited new record is on its way. We caught up with her to find out what’s been going on in the meantime.

How Teeks first discovered his voice

Teeks tells us about finding his voice through kapa haka, learning a valuable money lesson, and which Adele album holds a special place in his heart.

The Popstars finalists’ singles, reviewed

They're already on their way to being Popstars. So how are their tunes?

What’s the point of this bonkers Facebook concert scam?

This fake Facebook page promoting non-existent concerts is too ridiculous to fool anyone... right?

Clinton Smiley, the man who defined Wellington nightlife for a decade

'Being a nice guy, playing good music, getting the beers in and dancing like you don’t give a fuck in a nightclub, should not be underestimated.'

Liam Finn’s bad buzz with a 90s alt icon

Watch | Crowded House's newest member tells us about the time he accidentally harshed the buzz of a 90s alt rock icon, becoming a dad and more.

Extreme highs, extreme lows: Mousey on stress, success and social media

2020 should have been her breakout year. She made the most of it anyway.

The Spinoff’s complete guide to killing it at karaoke

How to karaoke like a boss, no matter your singing skills.

Why Nadia Reid got kicked out of Countdown

Watch | The Port Chalmers musician tells us which boy band’s 1997 hit she still rates, and why she used to get kicked out of the supermarket.

Local limelight: How closed borders gave local musicians time to shine

While the rest of the world's live music is on hold, the local scene is thriving in New Zealand.

‘I was bored of strumming guitars’: How Merk made a new album, and found a new sound

On his long-awaited return, the acclaimed songwriter talks postponed plans, film scores and finding new purpose by paring things back.

Big acts, small shows: When stadiums just won’t work

In 2003, when Foo Fighters played at Auckland's Galatos, staff had to hold up the floor to stop it from caving in.