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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Anna Knox reviews the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's Shed Series – Responses and finds that Shed 6 transforms the experience of live classical music entirely.
With the first 101 issues of Rip It Up going online this week at Papers Past – about 3000 pages in all – where to start? Two dedicated readers and contributors volunteered to discuss their 10 favourite moments from the magazine's early years.
The first 101 issues of Rip It Up have been added to the freely-accessible online archive, Papers Past. Gareth Shute tracked down some of the people behind this legendary publication to get a sense of how it started and why it was so essential to the local music scene.
It's one of the most tight-knit, well-established and supportive music environments in New Zealand. Ben Lynch pays tribute to the capital's hard rock and metal scene.
Saraid Cameron interviews poet-musician Jamila Woods upon the release of her sophomore album, the forward-thinking, backward-facing Legacy Legacy!
Ten years ago, Smashproof released 'Brother', the song that swiftly became the longest running number one by a New Zealand act. Jogai Bhatt talks to the band about the impact of the song then, and what it means to them today.
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.
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 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.
Last night, Billie Eilish kicked off her world tour at Spark Arena. Tamsyn Merchant reviews the show (alongside her nine year old daughter, Ruby).