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.

SWIDT, the most electrifying rap group in New Zealand, is now the most political

Onehunga-bred hip hop collective SWIDT have released what might be one of the most politicised music videos in New Zealand history. They talked to Josie Adams about why it felt like the right time.

You’re a James Blunt fan, you just don’t know it yet

It's time we all accepted that James Blunt is good, argues Madeleine Chapman.

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A 12 year old reviews the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Madeleine Chapman took her piano-playing nephew Harper to see the orchestra for the first time. 

Making space on the dancefloor: Friendly Potential want to change club culture

The Auckland-based collective talk origins, ambitions, and making make the rave accessible to everybody.

#FreeLorde: How Lorde’s songs warned us she was going to jail

Lorde has been imprisoned for failing to finish school, prompting uproar across the internet. But we should have known it would come to this

The floor is baggies: what it was really like at Listen In

Four festival-goers were admitted to hospital with drug-related issues after Friday's event at Mt Smart Stadium. A fellow partier shares her experience of the night.

I hear a song from inside the maze: At the 2019 Silver Scroll Awards

Last night's 2019 Silver Scrolls culminated with Aldous Harding taking the big prize for her song 'The Barrel'. Stevie Kaye was there.

Kia māia: Ria Hall on the diversity failure in New Zealand’s music industry

Ria Hall (Ngāi Te Rangi) issued a challenge on representation in the New Zealand music industry to a standing ovation.

The Spinoff’s songs of the month: September 2019

A re-recorded Kiwi classic, the best song by pop music's greatest diva, a supergroup of country's finest highwomen – they're just some of the tracks gracing The Spinoff's songs of the month for September 2019.

Important: Anna from MAFSNZ has written some absolute belters

When a Married at First Sight NZ contestant is a singer/songwriter, we simply have no choice but to listen to their entire back catalogue.

Review: David Kilgour is playing it cool

Grant McDougall reviews Kilgour’s new solo album, Bobbie’s A Girl, which sees him reflecting on and acknowledging the loss of two key figures in his life.

People over everything: JessB on making bops and being political at the same time

Auckland rapper JessB has just released a new EP and wraps up a national mini-tour tonight in her home town. Jogai Bhatt talked to her about her world travels, performing at Ihumātao, and how her community and her music intersect.

‘It was insane, but I had to do it’: Miss June on mixing music and medicine

Miss June’s Bad Luck Party was recorded literally between hospital shifts.

Kanye West was the hero we didn’t know we needed

On the 10th anniversary of the infamous “I’mma let you finish” episode, Josie Adams reflects on what this moment revealed about both Taylor Swift and Kanye West.