Music Archive

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?

The NZSO’s Classical Journey was worth the trip

'There’s something incredible about watching otherwise ordinary people do something extraordinary.' A recent NZSO performance prompts Anna Knox to reflect on what makes live classical music so special.

Tayla Parx is a pop superstar-in-waiting whose music you’ve already heard

She's written some of the biggest hits across the world the past few years, and now she's stepping into the limelight. Here's what you need to know about pop music's next superstar.

The Spinoff Music’s Songs of the Month: March

The queen of 2019 combining with the queen of a generation, a New Zealand band with the new teen-dance classic, a local artist breaking the floor with a new banger. These are the songs of the month.

Why CubaDupa festival was moved off the streets

With the increased security threat after the Christchurch attacks, Wellington’s CubaDupa street festival has had to move off the street and into venues around the city.

Connan Mockasin on Jassbusters: ‘It was really fun to be nervous again’

Taylor MacGregor talks to the musician about his Jassbusters side project and what fans can expect from his show at Auckland's Crystal Palace tomorrow night.

Inside the busiest week of New Zealand songwriting: Songhubs 2019

Last week APRA AMCOS NZ hosted SongHubs Auckland, an initiative which saw 18 Kiwi and Aussie songwriters connect with four international guests, for a week long song writing camp in Roundhead Studios.

Finn Andrews comes home to create his most forthright album yet

After living and working for years in London alongside his band, The Veils, Finn Andrews returned to Auckland last year. Gareth Shute talks to him about his heartbreak-inflected new album, One Piece At A Time.

Brandy Clark: ‘If I can imagine the kitchen where they live, I can write the song’

The prolific and acclaimed country singer-songwriter Brandy Clark performs in Auckland tomorrow. Sam Brooks talked to her ahead of her performance.

Neon Picnic: New Zealand’s very own Fyre Festival

With 30 years’ hindsight, the failed Neon Picnic festival of January 1988 can be seen as the Fyre festival of its day. Chris Bourke writes.

Auckland Arts Festival reviews: Beach House, Rhye, Four Tet

Last week international acts Beach House, Rhye and Four Tet played at the Auckland Arts Festival. Lauren Spring was at all three live shows.

WOMAD 2019 served up diversity and tolerance when we needed it most

For three days every March, New Plymouth’s Brooklands Park is transformed into a village of colour, energy and inclusion. Michelle Cruickshanks celebrates the WOMAD spirit.

The festival that embraces the spirit of Cuba Street

CubaDupa festival hosts nearly 200 artists across two days in the heart of Wellington to mark the end of summer. 

Spice Up Your Solo Career: Ranking the solo careers of the Spice Girls

There's no doubt that The Spice Girls are one of the biggest bands of all time - but how have they fared in the twenty-odd years since?