Kylie Minogue’s new album is a rare disappointment

On her new album, Kylie Minogue goes acoustic and courts a sub-Sheeran faux-country sound. It does not go well. Sam Brooks reviews.

Rob Thorne is taking traditional Māori instruments into new worlds

Vincent Olsen-Reeder writes about collaborating with experimental Māori musician Rob Thorne and the New Zealand String Quartet, and the push and pull of multicultural exchange and taking traditional forms to new worlds.

Soul, R&B, pop and… classical? LEISURE and the APO, reviewed

This weekend, Auckland band LEISURE collaborated with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, playing at the Auckland Town Hall as the first in a series of APO concerts with pop acts. Hussein Moses came away with mixed feelings.

Diversity materialised: JessB’s Block Party, reviewed

This weekend, Miriama Aoake attended JessB's Block Party, an event which celebrated both the release of JessB's debut EP and women of colour in New Zealand hip-hop.

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Vance Joy just wants to make you feel good

Four years on from his debut album, Vance Joy talks to Kate Robertson about his sophomore release Nation of Two, as well as songwriting, staying grounded, and what it's like to be on tour with Taylor Swift.

The most popular songs at New Zealand weddings, revealed

From schmaltzy ballads to modern takes on classics, Jilly Taipua from Skinny Love Weddings goes through the most requested songs she gets from couples.

The Venus Project’s Georgia Nott on stripping back and getting personal

Jogai Bhatt talks to Broods’ Georgia Nott on her all-female produced solo project The Venus Project, gender representation in the music industry, and why this time she's gone for a more stripped back sound.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s new album is definitely not about the apocalypse

Unknown Mortal Orchestra's new album Sex & Food is prompting RNZ's Melody Thomas to think about the apocalypse.

The new Dunedin Sound

Over the past two years a movement of Dunedin bands have played sold out gigs in all the major centres, riding a wave of hype unseen since the glory days of Flying Nun.

How folk became New Zealand’s top musical export

Aldous Harding and Nadia Reid are at the forefront of a folk scene that is revolutionising how NZ music is seen overseas, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to local folk success stories.

E^ST’s provocative new single: ‘If you’re gonna go there, you may as well bloody go there’

Henry Oliver talks to E^ST, a young Australian pop artist whose two recent singles are turning hears around the world.

The Edyssey: In search of Sheeran-mania in Dunedin

An exclusive walking tour reveals the true extent of a city’s obsession with visiting pop star Ed Sheeran.

New kid on the Block Party: JessB, the pro netballer-turned-rapper

Henry Oliver talks to JessB about her first EP and how her professional netball career is helping her in the music industry.

Till Dawn: The last dance of The Golden Dawn

The Golden Dawn, the Ponsonby pop-up bar that accidentally lasted seven-and-a-half years, closed on Sunday morning. Simon Day and Emily Raftery were there, cameras in hand.

Watching Ed Sheeran at Mt Smart, with an open heart

The Phoenix Foundation's Samuel Flynn Scott braves the megastar at the stadium, immersing himself in a mixture of mediocrity, dazzle and rain

Pod on the Couch: Summer 2018 festival roundup

Henry Oliver talks to Kate Robertson and Madeleine Chapman about their summer music festival experiences.