Music sounds better because I got high: Now that’s what I call one hit wonders

Henry Oliver reminds himself of eight songs from the Now That’s What I Call Music collection that hit once and never again.

The definitive, very best New Zealand music of 2018

For the first and last time, Henry Oliver gives his definitive account of The Spinoff's best New Zealand music of 2018. Read it and get angry. 

Best Music 2018: The third annual Spinoff Music Survey!

We asked you, our loyal readers, what your favourite albums and songs of the year were, both from here and from elsewhere. This is what you told us.

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 18

Every day in the lead-up to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Our arbitrary and strictly enforced word limit: 365. Today: Madeleine Chapman doesn't understand the obsession with Michael Bublé.

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The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 17

Every day in the lead-up to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Today: Henry Oliver on why there should be a one year break in new albums, TV shows, movies, and books.

A very merry mixtape: 30 Christmas songs that are actually really good

Michael Hann has spent years mining for Christmas-song diamonds, proving that not all festive music is irredeemably horrible. Here he pulls on his big white beard and presents the definitive playlist

The great unknowns: The best NZ music of 2018 with <1000 streams

Gareth Shute digs around to create a best-of-2018 music list with one criterion: the tracks all have less than 1000 streams on Spotify.

How ‘Snoopy’s Christmas’ became a classic in NZ (and nowhere else)

Henry Oliver talks to the man who made 'Snoopy's Christmas' a perennial hit single in New Zealand charts.  

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 10

Every day in the leadup to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Our arbitrary and strictly enforced word limit: 365. …

RIP Pete Shelley: Punk, Lover, Homosapien

Kiran Dass remembers Pete Shelley, co-founder and co-songwriter of the Buzzcocks, who died this week.

Old dog: the Samoan spirit of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Tom Scott tells the story behind his unique music video/documentary 'Old Dogs'.

A frothy field guide to this year’s NYE festivals

From vineyards to forests, beaches to baches, New Zealand offers a bloody smorgasbord of ways to bring in the New Year. Here's where to go.

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 6

Today: Emily Writes on why Christmas music is great.

Music doesn’t just happen: Why you should care about the Copyright Act review

CEO of Recorded Music NZ argues that strengthening copyright protection under the law will benefit our local music industry.

Eight things Cardi B should do when she’s in New Zealand

Cardi B plays Bay Dreams festival in Mount Maunganui and Nelson just after New Year's. What should she do while she's here? What should she eat? We offer her some suggestions for her itinerary.

Merry Christmas from The Beths, New Zealand’s coolest uncool rock band

Henry Oliver talks to The Beths' Elizabeth Stokes and Jonathan Pearce about their love of Christmas and uncool music.