Music Archive

How Imugi 이무기 went from bedroom artists to rising music stars

To celebrate the launch of New Balance's 997H – the sneaker built for independents – The Spinoff spoke to Auckland synth pop duo Imugi about their musical influences, independence, growing up, and giving voice to bicultural experiences.

Bea Lewis from Haiku Hands: ‘I just completely enter into a 45 minute vortex’

Australian band Haiku Hands had a social media smash with their song 'Not About You', and they're performing at Splore this weekend.

Pussy Riot’s message for NZ: ‘Freedom exists if you fight for it every day’

Tonight, Pussy Riot perform their show Riot Days as a part of Auckland Fringe. In the lead-up to the performance, Dina Jezdic talked to the collective's Maria 'Masha' Alyokhina.

Why we love Lizzo

She's the tsunami taking the world over - and you better get on the wave before you get dragged under. Sam Brooks tells you why you love Lizzo.

UPDATED: How shit will the weather be for gigs this weekend?

There's a cyclone sitting off the coast and we're already feeling its tendrils. From Six60 to Splore, which shows will suffer worst this weekend? 

ASHY: The young Christchurch artist poised to be NZ’s next big pop star

Sam Brooks talks to ASHY about her brilliant new single 'Temporary Crush', the hustle of being self-managed, and her hopes for 2019.

Review: Marlon Williams with the APO at Villa Maria Estate

Waveney Russ is impressed by an outstanding performance from Marlon Williams and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at Villa Maria in Auckland.

The music we grew up with: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill tour review

Simon Day was at the last night of the tumultuous 20th anniversary tour of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

What happens to the music of R Kelly and Michael Jackson?

First published on RNZ, ethnomusicologist Kirsten Zemke weighs in what fans should do with the music of alleged bad men. 

Where are the women on the ‘world’s best guitarist’ lists?

Talented women guitarists are not in short supply, so why aren't they anywhere to be seen on lists ranking our guitar greats? Who is currently regarded as the greatest guitarist of …

bFM is turning 50 and other radio stations are still shit

This week the Auckland radio station 95bFM celebrates its 50th anniversary. Russell Brown looks back at the station's history, the hurdles it's overcome, and why it thrived.

So Pop took us to 90s church last night

Last night The Spinoff sent a specialist squad of millennials to the 90s nostalgia fest So Pop. This is their story. 

Disabled at Laneway: ‘As accessible as the venue allows’ isn’t enough any more

Music festivals are slowly making progress towards being accessible to disabled people – but is it happening fast enough? Alice Mander shares her experience at this year's Laneway and offers some suggestions for improving accessibility.

The Spinoff Music’s Songs of the Month: January

A popstar reclaims her hype, an indie-darling goes pop, and a trio of locals make good on their early promise. These are the songs of the month – five international, five local.

Praise Be: A definitive ranking of the best church bangers

God may have created all his children in his image, but the same cannot be said for his hymns. Some church songs are good, some are bad, and some are absolute bangers.

The ‘indie bro’ era is over: Sam Flynn Scott reviews Laneway Festival 2019

The Phoenix Foundation’s Samuel Flynn Scott checks out the food, music and wacky shirts of Laneway Festival 2019 in a review for Radio NZ.

Laneway in pictures: An illustrated review by Toby Morris

Illustrator and writer Toby Morris spends a day in Albert Park for Laneway 2019.

Everything you need to know before heading to Laneway this weekend

It's Auckland Anniversary Weekend, and you know that what means? St Jerome's Laneway Festival, aka Laneway! Sam Brooks shares his guide to how to do your 2019 Laneway Festival right.

From the club to the festival: Rudimental’s top five moments

Rudimental are one of the UK's biggest bands with a list of collaborators as long as your arm. Sam Brooks takes a look at some of their best moments ahead of their new album, Toast to Our Differences.

If we don’t sing, then we won’t have anything: Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s I See a Darkness, 20 years on

Twenty years on, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's I See a Darkness continues to beguile listeners. Jonny Potts tries to make sense of a timeless classic.

On creativity, composition and CS80s: Ryan McPhun talks to Julia Holter

Acclaimed experimental pop musician Julia Holter's latest album Aviary appeared on multiple year-end lists - including Pitchfork and the Guardian, and she's touring New Zealand next week. Her NZ opening act, Ryan McPhun, interviews her ahead of her show.

Music sounds better because I got high: Now that’s what I call one hit wonders

Henry Oliver reminds himself of eight songs from the Now That’s What I Call Music collection that hit once and never again.

Meek Mill, out of jail, is a champion again

Meek Mill, rapper and former Drake adversary, had one hell of a 2018, culminating in his long-awaited fourth album. Jogai Bhatt reviews Championships.

They were dropped by their label (twice!) but Broods have never been happier

Broods on being dropped, getting back up again, and their new album Don't Feed the Pop Monster.