The New York collective coming to NZ to celebrate women and gender-diverse DJs

Moments presents Discwoman is a series of shows, panel discussions and workshops aimed at encouraging more women and gender minorities to get involved with electronic music.

Who is she: A quest to find the women behind our most famous song titles

Many of the great New Zealand songs have one thing in common: a woman’s first name as their title. Alex Casey went on a mission to find the real women who inspired them.

The Spinoff Music’s songs of the month: April

A little bit of K-Pop, some local artists, and the return of pop music's best twins: it's The Spinoff Music's best songs of April 2019.

Aldous Harding’s Designer mixes a lush surface with compelling depth

Sam Brooks reviews Aldous Harding's mysterious and enthralling third album, Designer.

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‘I never thought I would ever make anything’: Aldous Harding on her new album Designer

Aldous Harding speaks Kirsten Johnstone about her new album Designer, for RNZ.

What we think of the new Taylor Swift song ‘Me’

The much anticipated new Taylor Swift song dropped today, along with a confectionary-tinged music video. Here's a few hastily put together thoughts from The Spinoff staff.

Review: Billie Eilish successfully kicks off her world tour at Spark Arena

Last night, Billie Eilish kicked off her world tour at Spark Arena. Tamsyn Merchant reviews the show (alongside her nine year old daughter, Ruby).

Lawrence Arabia on songwriting: ‘The more you do it, the less you know’

Throughout 2018, James Milne (aka Lawrence Arabia) released a song a month to fans who’d supported him via a Kickstarter campaign. He took time out from his tour supporting the resulting album, Singles Club, to speak with Gareth Shute about the ups and downs of producing songs to a monthly schedule.

MARINA is back – minus her Diamonds

MARINA's new album drops in its entirety on April 26 – but where has she been, and where are the Diamonds? Sam Brooks chronicles the journey of popstar MARINA from Diamonds to caps lock.

How Bob Marley’s 1979 Western Springs concert changed NZ music

Bob Marley played his first and only New Zealand concert on Monday, 16 April 1979, at Auckland’s Western Springs. Gareth Shute looks back on that visit and the seismic effect it had on this country’s relationship with reggae music.

‘Fuck. I’ve lost this thing four times already’: Tom Scott wins the Taite Music Prize

Last night Tom Scott won the 2019 Taite Music Prize for best album in New Zealand for Avantdale Bowling Club. This is his speech.

The game-changer: Nathan Haines’ Shift Left on its 25th birthday

Twenty-five years ago, Nathan Haines released Shift Left, New Zealand's biggest selling jazz album of all time. On the eve of its anniversary reissue, Graham Reid takes a look at the album's genesis and impact.

Not your pop princess: Theia on her excellent new EP

Christchurch-born Theia's second EP Not Your Princess drops today. Sam Brooks chats with the singer about her new music and her video for International Women's Day.

‘So pop that it becomes experimental’: An oral history of Mint Chicks’ Screens

Ten years ago, Mint Chicks shredded the high-gloss sound that saw their sophomore LP go overground. The band tells Sam Wicks how they ripped up the rulebook on Screens.

‘Old Town Road’ and the blurred lines of country music

'Old Town Road' has gained fame not just for its country-hook goodness, but also for the controversy raging around it. Sam Brooks explores what the song's success says about country music's purity problem.

The music quota debate has finally arrived on Spotify

There's been a decades-long campaign to get a quota of New Zealand music on radio, but radio is no longer where a lot of us hear new music. Should the same pressure be applied to streaming playlists?