Music Archive

Review: The new Six60 film is a tale of driving ambition and defying the critics

Six60: Till the Lights Go Out showcases how far pure ambition can take you.

Rave under Takaka stars: Remembering the trip that was The Gathering

Before Splore, there was a South Island music festival that celebrated 'unity through diversity' at the turn of the millennium.

The freedom and joy of Auckland’s most creative club nights

Four Auckland POC women have kicked aside the old bros' club to create three Auckland club nights that represent the power of music, culture and dance. Makanaka Tuwe talks to …

Five things that influenced Emily Edrosa’s new album

How mould, MIDI and missing friends inspired Another Wave Is Coming.

All hits, no gimmicks: The Spinoff reviews the Aotearoa Music Awards 2020

The erstwhile Vodafone Music Awards returned to Spark Arena last night with a new format – and a new Covid-inspired appreciation for the joys of live music. Here's what Spinoff's staffers thought.

Josh Fountain and the shape of the sound

If you've listened to New Zealand music from the last decade-and-a-half, chances are you've heard the influences of Josh Fountain.

Girl group groundbreakers or popstar guinea pigs? Where TrueBliss went amiss

Twenty years ago, TV made TrueBliss into New Zealand's biggest girl band. In this piece, first published in 2019, Gabe McDonnell tracks the rise and fall of the country's first made-for-TV popstars.

Benee on boomers, the b-word, and being bad-mouthed on Newstalk ZB

'I was fuming when she said that. I can do whatever I want to do on stage, I can say whatever I want.'

Internet killed the music video star: The legacy of Ready to Roll

In this piece, first published by Audioculture, Fiona Rae looks at the impact the show had on New Zealand and our appreciation of our homegrown music.

How Auckland’s Karangahape Road became an international music software hub

Industry leaders InMusic, Serato and Melodics all have offices in central Auckland – and Morgan Donoghue has a connection to all of them.

Drax Project are set be the sound of the Kiwi summer, again

Drax Project are back from LA, and finalists in next month's Aotearoa Music Awards for single of the year. Sherry Zhang catches up with the band as they get ready to release their new single 'Firefly'.

The greatest Silver Scrolls performances of the past decade

Each year, the highlight of the annual Silver Scrolls ceremony aren't the speeches, but the covers. Here are our favourites.

Meet the duo behind some of The Beths’ coolest music videos

After a lockdown spent creating stop motion music videos in their laundry, Sports Team is now nominated for an Aotearoa Music Artisan award.

Cutting it out: Cut Off Your Hands on calling it quits

Cut Off Your Hands is over. It's the end of an era. But, as frontman Nick Johnston explains, it's also a new beginning.

Renewable Energy: Guy Lawrence on how Disclosure keeps their creativity fresh

Disclosure are an act whose huge success comes from their sheer unpredictability. Here's the story behind the new album.

Benee launches a record label

Pop star Benee has launched her own record label and her first signed artist recorded his EP using a back-up generator in the Coromandel.

The rare NZ vinyl that is selling for thousands of dollars

Bought that record 30 years ago for a couple of dollars? Now someone might pay thousands for it.

For L.A.B, the air is clear

They've been on the album charts for two years, they've had a number one single, and now they're one of our biggest live draws too. So what comes next for L.A.B?

All of the glitz and none of the glamour: Mapping Auckland’s venues of the 1980s

'Mapping Auckland's Venues' is a series which looks at the growth, contraction and general change in the city's live music scene over the years.

The man behind the music: Aucklander Ollie Wards is TikTok’s latest hire

Ollie Wards has joined TikTok as the music director for Australia and New Zealand. What does this mean for our local acts?

Amanda Palmer isn’t going anywhere

The singer opens up about life in New Zealand, crowdfunding, and the moment her husband left her in the middle of a pandemic.

Final Mix: The Phoenix Foundation made their new album with a little help from their friends

In the latest episode of Final Mix, Yadana Saw and The Phoenix Foundation’s Samuel Flynn Scott road test new songs from the band’s forthcoming album Friend Ship.

On his latest album Twice as Tall, Burna Boy exceeds his stature

The follow-up to African Giant finds an Afrobeats star at the peak of his powers.