This Lonely Boy wants a drink: A boozy trip through the Black Keys’ discography

The Black Keys' new album "Let's Rock" is out now, and to celebrate the release, Taylor Macgregor drinks his way through some selections (aka easiest ones to find on Spotify) from the band's acclaimed discography.

Interview: PNC on Bazooka Kid, and why hip hop doesn’t win songwriting awards

Ten years after he released one of the most singular New Zealand hip hop albums, PNC sits down with Duncan Greive to talk about its genesis, and why rappers still don’t get their due in this country.

An offering to the spirits: The improvisational art of Lonnie Holley

Tom Rodwell interviews the musician and artist Lonnie Holley, who this week brings to New Zealand his unbowed truths from an ethereal and gritty underground.

How an opera singer maintains her voice

Sam Brooks talks to internationally-acclaimed opera singer Sandy Piques Eddy about the ins and outs of maintaining her voice, and how having a baby changed her career – in a way you wouldn’t expect.

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Shilling in the name of: John Key and how the right co-opts leftwing music

Nine years ago, John Key introduced the number one song of The Rock 1000 countdown: Rage Against The Machine's 'Killing in the Name Of'.

Sharon Van Etten: ‘Those were beautiful records, but they’re not where I am today’

Charlotte Red interviews Sharon Van Etten ahead of her (sold-out) New Zealand show about her critically acclaimed album Remind Me Tomorrow and the shift from folk multi-instrumentalist to pop-rock frontwoman.

‘Wrap that shit up and move on’: Bailey Wiley on her creative process

She's only 28, but Bailey Wiley already feels like an industry veteran. She’s been grinding away in Dunedin, Berlin, the US, and Auckland for years, and her latest EP is …

At the sharp end of Wellington’s live music scene

Diverse, vibrant, and full of community spirit – but it doesn't come easily. Ben Lynch looks into the reality of being a music venue owner in Wellington.

The Spinoff Music’s songs of the month: May 2019

What does a Sleater Kinney collaboration with St Vincent, an epic mashup, and the return of bro-music's moodiest navel-gazers have in common? They're all in The Spinoff Music’s best songs of May 2019.

‘I get inspired by my Mum / I’m a Messiah wit a gun’: The best of Red Bull 64 Bars

The Red Bull 64 Bars series has become a hotbed New Zealand hip-hop's development. Hussein Moses asked the artists who had stepped up to the mic to breakdown their favourite one-liners from a series that’s full of them.

The dive bar that Auckland musicians call home: 15 years of The Wine Cellar

Today is 'Love Your Local Venue Day', part of NZ Music Month, and it marks the 15th anniversary of beloved Auckland venue, The Wine Cellar. Gareth Shute writes a tribute to the best dive bar in town.

SJD on why he made a 17 song, 20 minute album

Twenty minutes, seventeen songs – Miniatures 1 is an EP you can listen to over a large coffee.

Why Ava Max is 2019’s ideal popstar

At over five hundred million streams, Ava Max is proving to be one of the biggest popstars of 2019. Not only that, writes Sam Brooks, she might actually be the most perfect.

A plea to the cafes and restaurants of Aotearoa: stop playing shit music

Enough of those inoffensive, latte-sippin' jams selected purely to appease the baby boomers: the most memorable places to dine use music as just one more way to express themselves.

The three guitar assault of hard rock supergroup City of Souls

Guitarist Trajan Schwencke tells Gareth Shute why they’re just as focused on melody as they are on riffs and why in this case, three guitars is the perfect amount.

Creatives are struggling to make a living, and it’s hurting our creative industries

Creative professionals struggle to make a living in New Zealand, according to research by Creative New Zealand and NZ On Air. Is it hurting the potential for talent that the country can offer?