Music Archive

‘You’re my number 1’: A mother and daughter go to Lorde’s show in Auckland

Tamsyn Matchett and her Lorde-obsessed eight-year-old daughter Ruby review Lorde's show at the Bruce Mason Theatre in Takapuna, on 12 November. (Plus: Ruby's letter to Lorde.)

EXCLUSIVE: Rob Ruha & The Witch Dr ‘KALEGA’ video premiere

The Spinoff presents the video premiere of Rob Ruha & The Witch Dr’s ‘KALEGA’, featuring Michael Jackson street dancer Shaun Lindsay and members of Te Kapa Haka o Te Whānau a Apanui.   

He’s 19 and he’s on fire: Khalid at Spark Arena

Alex Casey reviews Khalid's show at Auckland's Spark Arena on Sunday night.

Fergie’s Double Dutchess: More Sprite Zero than Lemonade

Fergie’s album Double Dutchess dropped last month. It is, for whatever reason, a visual album. Sam Brooks dove deep.

Win a 5-LP box set reissue of The Smiths’ The Queen is Dead

The classic album has just been reissued in a series of special edition packages and we're giving away the most impressive of the lot, the 5-LP collector's box set.

Talking to Emma Cooper-Williams, singer-songwriter and disability mentor

Grace Stratton talks to singer-songwriter Emma Cooper-Williams, a finalist at last night's Attitude Awards, which celebrate the achievements of people who live with disabilities.

The Dutch version of Top of the Pops was absolutely wild

A vast YouTube archive reveals the weird, wonderful and sometimes genius parallel universe of TopPop – the Netherlands' anything-goes answer to Top of the Pops.

Girls Rock! Camp Aotearoa is coming to blow minds and change lives

The world famous Girls Rock! Camp is coming to New Zealand. Two of the event's organisers, Jana Whitta and Nicole Gaffney, had a chat to US-based musician and mentor Fiona Campbell about the initiative and the impact the camps have had around the world.

‘And I’ve got to hit rock bottom’: Ten Paramore songs to see you through your personal crisis

If you have Paramore confined to a folder in your memory marked 'mid-2000s – DO NOT OPEN', Elle Hunt is here to deliver some startling news – they're still going and they're still writing perfect soundtracks to personal crises.

The New Zealand chamber orchestra brave enough to tackle the music of Björk

Blackbird Ensemble musical director Claire Cowan talks to James Manning about adapting Björk's eclectic back catalogue for the orchestra ahead of this week's run of concerts in Auckland.

How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Drake (at Spark Arena)

Henry Oliver reviews Drake's show at Spark Arena on Friday.

Best Songs Ever: N.E.R.D. are back – and they brought Rihanna with them

Our regular round-up of new songs and singles, featuring Sufjan Stevens, N.E.R.D, Kelly Clarkson, The Beths and more...

Your need-to-know playlist of Lorde’s NZ support acts

Earlier this week, the "handpicked" support acts for Lorde's New Zealand tour were announced. In case you weren't up with all of them, Lauren Spring made a playlist to catch you up.

‘Props to the Spinoff’: Max Key watches our Max Key vs Eminem track

Dynastic hero and top vlogger Max Key has just released an emotional reaction video in response to the Spinoff's universally lauded parody video. 

Heart of Darkness in small town NZ: Dominic ‘Tourettes’ Hoey introduces his tour diary

This November Dominic Hoey and singer-songwriter Skyscraper Stan are playing 17 towns around New Zealand, and Hoey will be reporting from the road for The Spinoff. Here's what he expects to find.

Bic Runga, Live from Heaven (WATCH)

A couple of weeks ago, the Spinoff streamed a live performance by Bic Runga and her band ahead of their three-date tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of Bic Runga's Drive. Here it is, in full, for your viewing pleasure.

Punk rock in paradise

It began as a birthday party on a farm, now Blackwoodstock Festival runs for three days on an idyllic location on New Caledonia's West Coast. Simon Day spoke to organiser Jean-Marc Desvals about growing the island's indie rock scene, how to attract big artists to New Caledonia, and the 'spirit of the cow'. 

The two-minute guide to Rag’n’Bone Man

The Brit Award-winning blues singer with a hip-hop heart just announced he’s coming to New Zealand in April.

Auckland City Limits promoter Campbell Smith: ‘We’re not trying to be all things to everybody’

Henry Oliver talks to Campbell Smith, music mogul and the man behind Auckland City Limits, about bringing the festival back after sitting out a year.

MAXCLUSIVE! Max Key* destroys Eminem career in diss track

Max Key vowed to avenge the National Party after they lost their recent court case against Eminem's Eight Mile Style. In a Spinoff exclusive, Max Key* releases his diss track. (* Comedian Paul Williams)

Drops, skits and iPods: The Chainsmokers in Auckland, reviewed

Avid Chainsmokers defender Joseph Moore went to see the Chainsmokers play Auckland's Spark Arena on Tuesday night and survived the drop to tell us all about it.

Making music from the found sounds of New Caledonia

To craft its new campaign, New Caledonia Tourism sent Australian electronic group Crooked Colours to its islands to record everything the country had to offer and turn it into a track that would combine the group's summery aesthetic with both the country's musical heritage and the sounds of their experiences on the islands. We asked them about the experience of making music out of paradise.

All the influences in Drake’s genre-spanning More Life

Drake's chart-dominating, streaming record-breaking 'playlist' More Life is a grab-bag of global influences. To celebrate Drake's forthcoming Auckland shows (and a limited offer of $59.90 tickets – see details below), here's David Bell to guide you through it all.

Lose yourself in the judgment. Eminem v National: the 12 best bits of the ruling

The long-awaited decision on the National Party's use of an 'Eminem-esque' track in its 2014 election advertising has finally arrived. These are our favourite parts from the judgment.