Music Archive

His band left on the tour of a lifetime. He came home with Covid-19

NZ post-punk four piece Swallow the Rat embarked on a US tour just as Covid-19 started to really spread. By the time it was over, two were infected.

Tami Neilson road tests her new album on the first episode of Final Mix

In the first episode of the Final Mix, music journalist Yadana Saw chats with cross-Atlantic country maven Tami Neilson.

Remembering Rumblemania

It's been 10 years since the release of Dane Rumble’s solo album The Experiment. Josie Adams looks back on why New Zealand fell so hard and fast.

Everything that Dua Lipa’s new album makes us feel

Dua Lipa’s new album, Future Nostalgia, is an ode to good memories and a gateway to Zumba. Josie Adams listened to it and took a heady trip into her past.

Crowdwork from home: How Covid-19 is affecting Kiwi musicians

The effect of Covid-19 on NZ music won’t be short-lived. Here’s how some members of the industry are coping.

An essential guide to the people you’ll meet at Womad 2020

A complete taxonomy of the types of people who'll be descending on New Plymouth this weekend for Womad.

Inclusivity for all: The return of women-in-music festival Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey Festival organisers Lani Purkis and Teresa Patterson on celebrating women in the New Zealand music industry on International Women’s Day. 

Ashnikko is a pro-ghosting TikTok rap phenomenon

Dig a little deeper and you'll see that there's much more to the viral sensation than blue hair and Miley Cyrus memes. 

EXCLUSIVE: Shannon Matthew Vanya ‘Closer’ music video premiere

The artist formerly known as Tom Lark is back with this simmering neo-disco groover.

The new New Wave: Vanessa Worm is redefining the club scene

Born and bred in Dunedin, Vanessa Worm talks about how being punk got her signed to one of the world's best club music labels.

Hold me close to your heart: On loving A-ha for 35 years

It's more than three decades since the release of 'Take on Me', but sometimes it seems like yesterday.

Wild stat: Six60’s second album has been in the top 40 for five straight years

Six60 are on pace to overtake Pink Floyd for one of the most formidable records in NZ chart history.

The return of Dunedin pop: Why Marlin’s Dreaming isn’t afraid of the p word

Marlin’s Dreaming have a new single out ahead of their next, "least accessible" album. Frontman Semisi Maiai sat down to talk about how a bunch of jocks from Dunedin became indie darlings.

Robinson on her new EP and learning not to worry about what happens next

Earmarked for big things since she left high school, the 'Nothing to Regret' singer has been dealing with the weight of expectations for a while now. With her debut EP just released, she’s OK with where she's at.

Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker isn’t here for the hype

Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker on the five year gap between albums, and where the band fits into rock music in 2020

Auckland live music is booming, actually

Despite what some critics claim, there isn’t a 'gig problem' in Auckland, writes Josie Adams. You just need to look beyond indie rock.

RNZ is overhauling its music network, and a lot of people are mad as hell

Concert FM is to be stripped down in favour of a new station for youth, even as the government prepares bigger plans for restructure.

A play-by-play of the 2020 NFL Super Bowl

Sam Brooks watched today's NFL Super Bowl and recaps the moments that mattered.

No city for live music: Auckland’s gig problem and how to fix it

Anthony Metcalf on how our biggest city's paucity of music venues is hurting both artists and gig-goers.

Swimming in Circles: the new Mac Miller album is a fitting coda

Two years after the release of Mac Miller’s Swimming, his family has released its posthumous companion piece, Circles. We explain what it is, how it came together, and why you need to listen to it.

What Lizzo did for me

Last week something really weird and exciting happened to me: one of the hottest singers on the planet talked about how much something I said helped her.

Review: FOMO 2020 was more than just The Lizzo Show

Sam Brooks went to the FOMO 2020 festival in Auckland, and was relieved to find it was more than just the final time that Lizzo will ever perform at 7:20pm.

Now that’s what we called the monster hits of 2009

Sam Brooks steps back in time to 2009, the year of Now! That's What I Call Music 31. What did his younger self think of those songs – and do they still hold up today?

David Farrier comes to terms with Tool, the band he hates to love

What’s it like to wait over a decade for a new record from one of your favourite bands? David Farrier writes about the joys, perils and embarrassment of being a Tool fan in 2019.