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Repressed Memories: The boys of early-2000s New Zealand pop music

In Repressed Memories, James Mustapic delves into NZ pop culture's graveyard and digs up some bodies. This episode: remembering Dane Rumble, Fast Crew, J. Williams, Evermore and Scribe.

The many faces of Cher: a celebration

Cher is coming to town! We run through the many facets of Cher's career – and what makes her so special.

2018’s best music videos so far don’t just look good, they have something to say

The best music videos of the year so far are a reflection of these messed up times.

An oral history of the night Faith No More played a tiny bar in Queenstown

In May of 1993 alt-metal weirdos Faith No More were cast adrift in New Zealand with nothing to do. And so Don Rowe's dad booked them to open his nightclub, a tiny room in a very different Queenstown. 

Remembering Pantera’s Vinnie Paul

The metal community is in mourning following the loss of Vinnie Paul aged 54. Co-founder of the timeless Pantera, and drummer for Damageplan and Hell Yeah, Vinnie was a metal god. Emily Writes pays tribute.

Are Flight of the Conchords the biggest NZ live act ever?

How do 'New Zealand’s fourth most popular folk duo’ stack up in the history of New Zealand live performers?

Don’t make XXXTentacion a martyr for tortured souls

Excusing XXXTentacion's behaviour and showing support for him because he has passed away tells domestic and sexual assault survivors in your life that you don’t care.

The strange story of how a NZ musician was led into the world of financial dominatrixes

Why some men are paying Princess Chelsea hundreds of dollars for one song.

Better together: Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s ‘Everything Is Love’, reviewed

Yesterday, Beyoncé and Jay-Z's album 'Everything Is Love' was released with no warning. Is it good?

Lukas and LMC bring the ‘Rain’

Rapper Lukas and beatmaker LMC have come together to create the perfect downbeat tune for the season, matched by an equally striking music video.

EXCLUSIVE: Boycrush ‘100%’ video premiere

Boycrush's video for '100%' featuring Yumi Zouma, directed by Hayden Eastmond-Mein.

Sydney post-punks Mere Women: Isolation, freedom and feminism

Sydney post-punk band Mere Women about their new album and women’s experiences over generations.

EXCLUSIVE: Ria Hall ’Te Ahi Kai Pō’ video premiere

Ria Hall's 'Te Ahi Kai Pō', directed by Shae Sterling, inspired by the Battle of Te Ranga in June of 1864.

The weird and wonderful NZ artists who’ve topped a million Spotify streams

The unusual paths there New Zealand acts have taken to get to a million Spotify streams.

Janine left New Zealand, then she learned to shine

R&B singer Janine (now without 'the Mixtape') on leaving New Zealand and becoming bigger, better and stronger.

Lily Allen: ‘The tabloids were saying young women should be seen and not heard’

Lily Allen on celebrity, paparazzi, embarrassment and her new album, No Shame.

‘Inside the Iron Curtain’ with Jonathan Bree (WATCH)

Jonathan Bree travels back in time to Soviet Russia for this exclusive interview.

Girlboss show there are second acts in indie rock lives

Wellington band Girlboss on the transition from music's blog-era to its playlist-era.

Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan: ‘It can be a little heartbreaking, re-opening those wounds’

Snail Mail, the 19-year-old at the forefront of indie rock's female-led renaissance. 

Pod on the Couch: Katchafire’s South Pacific reggae legacy

Henry Oliver talks to Katchafire about their world travels and new album Legacy.

May NZ music round-up: Villette, SWIDT, Jacinda Ardern & more

A round-up of some of the best things to happen in New Zealand music in May.

EXCLUSIVE: Dudley Benson ‘(Glad I’m) Not a Kennedy’ video premiere

The Spinoff presents the video premiere of Dudley Benson's first single in three years, a cover of Shona Laing’s 1988 classic '(Glad I’m) Not a Kennedy'.

Appetite for destruction (and cash): Steven Adler, live in Auckland

Last Thursday, former Guns n’ Roses drummer Steven Adler brought a band of ring-ins to Auckland to play (most of) Appetite for Destruction and have a chat with his mum.

Shawn Mendes’ new album is a stone-cold killer

Against all odds, the self-titled Shawn Mendes album is not only worth a listen, it's bloody great.