Music Archive

Yoko-Zuna: Ready for take off

We talk to hip-hop/electronic/jazz band Yoko-Zuna ahead of Seamless, an all-ages show in Auckland this weekend. 

Shoegaze, dream pop and the return of the ethereal side of NZ indie music

“Dream pop” and "shoegaze" are the genres of the moment in the worldwide indie scene and New Zealand is no exception. Gareth Shute traces their origins and looks at why they're back in the spotlight.

House of Shem’s Carl Perkins passes away

Reggae musician Carl Perkins has died, aged 59, after a battle with bowel cancer.

POP Waiata: Taking Māori music on a train ride

Geneva Alexander-Marsters on the POP Waiata project she initiated last year to bring Māori music to Auckland's trains.

This Party Blows: Sal Valentine on authenticity, originality & not fitting in (+ a video premiere!)

Singer and big band leader Sal Valentine on originality, not fitting in, and his forthcoming album, This Party Blows.

Five monster tunes selected by David Dallas and Shapeshifter you can hear at the Viaduct this weekend

Square Dance Discotheque will be the hottest dancefloor in Auckland this weekend. So you're not completely unprepared, here are five guaranteed bangers from David Dallas and Shapeshifter's playlists.

Does local radio actually play any local music?

New Zealand Music Month was started, in part, to encourage local radio to play local music. Did it work? Is it still working?

Wellington electronica act Groeni: ‘I feel like I have come back to life’

Alexander Green of Wellington electronica band Groeni about their new album, Nihx, and new sandwich and coffee shop, Good Boy.

Clash of the compilations: Kickin’ vs The Rhythm

What was the best '90s dance compilation: Kickin’ or The Rhythm? And which volume? Craig Major think it's time to settle this debate once and for all.

Inside SongHubs, the busiest week of New Zealand songwriting

Nine musicians and producers from this year's SongHubs, a collaborative song-writing retreat presented by APRA AMCOS with support from NZ on Air, share their experiences.

Pod on the Couch: Juan Vesuvius’ comedic history of house music

Henry Oliver talks to Barnie Duncan about his upcoming comedy/DJ show Juan Vesuvius: I Am Your Deejay

April NZ music round-up: UMO, October, Matthew Young and more

On the first day of New Zealand Music Month, Max Tetlow introduces a new monthly round-up of some of the best things to happen in New Zealand music in the previous month.

Estère: ‘I don’t like writing love songs’

Henry Oliver talks to Wellington artist and producer Estère about technology, attention and her new album My Design, On Others' Lives. 

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #58: The friggin’ Muppets live in Wellington

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Alex Casey goes to The Jim Henson Retrospectacle: Live in Concert and cries a bit.

‘We’re still brothers’: Kody Nielson’s next chapter with Unknown Mortal Orchestra

After blowing up The Mint Chicks in spectacular fashion, the Nielson brothers are back together, with Kody recently joining Ruban’s acclaimed act Unknown Mortal Orchestra. “Brothers can have a volatile relationship,” he tells Hussein Moses, “but at the end of the day we're still brothers.”

The two-minute introduction to German hard rock legends SCORPIONS

They formed in 1965, had their biggest hit in 1990 and in 2018 they’re coming to New Zealand with Def Leppard! Get ready with a quick guide to the last half-decade of German hard rock veterans Scorpions.

Talking with Camp Cope, the Australian band rallying for gender equality in music

Bridie Chetwin-Kelly talks to Sarah Thompson of the Melbourne-based band Camp Cope, who have called out festivals for male-dominated line-ups and lead a campaign against sexual misconduct at concerts.

On her new album, Kimbra pares down and returns to Earth

Henry Oliver talks to Kimbra, the Hamilton-raised, New York-based art-pop star, about her new album, Primal Heart.

October: A reluctant DIY pop-star

Last week, Auckland-based producer and musician October released her debut album, Ultra Red. She tells Henry Oliver about how, two months before the album's intended release, she took the recordings back and remade it by herself.

Nine years later, The Killers are back in town with a touch of glam

Auckland turned out for a packed out show at Spark Arena for The Killers - the band's first in New Zealand since 2009. Jihee Junn sat down with drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr before the show.

Cheat sheet: New Zealand music’s making money

Newly released stats reveal a surprising growth in New Zealand music revenue. What does that mean for the industry, and for you, the humble fan?

Halsey plays an intimate show at S, a new bar at Spark Arena

Last night, Halsey played an intimate performance to a hundred or so people before her Spark Arena show. The Spinoff was there.

Shaggy and Sting have recorded an album together for some reason

Shaggy and Sting together on the same album? Sure! Why not? Pete Douglas reviews.

Lorde’s top five covers from her Melodrama tour (+ playlist!)

One of the remarkable features of Lorde's Melodrama tour has been the sheer number of cover versions she’s performed. Gareth Shute trawled through them all.