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Review: Kendrick Lamar live in Auckland

The performance of Kendrick Lamar's hip hop carries special meaning for New Zealand's minorities, Tamsyn Matchett writes. 

The biggest band in New Zealand history are doing everything wrong

Six60 are as much a business as a band, and have broken every rule in music on their way to historically unprecedented success, writes lapsed music critic and Six60 hater Duncan Greive.

Get to know Amber Maya, our musical guest tonight on The Spinoff TV

Alex Casey talks to Bajan-New Zealander Amber Maya about her music, going to school with Rihanna and how best to bury a body.

Chelsea Jade: ‘I want young women to like feel like they have someone on their side’

We ask Chelsea Jade everything about her (and other people's) music.

Who is Kygo? How did he get so many streams? And what is tropical house?

Everything you need to know about the very chilled-out, extremely popular tropical house DJ.

Changing our approach to autism through music (and some common sense)

Play It Strange CEO Mike Chunn met a young autistic drummer and quickly realised how hard things were for those with ASD, especially the young.

Majid Jordan: ‘Things could fall apart in so many different ways’

The Toronto duo making noise thanks to one hell of a co-sign from Drake (+ a ticket giveaway!)

Theia: ‘Self-harm is something I’ve dealt with since I was a child’

Singer-songwriter Theia tells her story of self-harm and taking back the power by writing about it.

EXCLUSIVE: Fabulous/Arabia ‘Henry’ video premiere

A new song from Fabulous/Arabia (a collaboration between Mike Fabulous and Lawrence Arabia) called 'Henry'.

Who will win the 2018 Silver Scroll? We assess the chances of all 20 finalists

Why each one could win the prize for New Zealand song of the year – and why it probably won't.

Lontalius: ‘I want everything I do to be embarrassing in five years. That’s how I know it’s real’

Eddie Johnston talks living and working in LA and his first new music in two years.

Remembering shuffling, the dance craze of the Bebo era

For a time in the late 2000's, youth of all backgrounds in this country began to dance. Don Rowe remembers the brief flash when techno became a unifying force in New Zealand.

Amy Shark won’t edit her truth

Australian musician Amy Shark played an intimate set at S @ Spark Arena earlier this week. She spoke to Lydia Burgham about being vulnerable with her songwriting, her Amy Winehouse obsession and working with Jack Antonoff.

Turn it up, Eden: the Yimby case for concerts at Eden Park

It might have Helen Clark up in arms, but Eden Park neighbour Toby Morris can't see the problem with live music at the stadium.

Church & AP: ‘Why should you be shunned for being young and putting yourself out there?’

We talks with one of Nah Zone's closest musical collaborators, Church & AP.

A brief history of A$AP Rocky’s unlikeliest collaborations that actually turned out to be pretty good

Listen In, a mini-festival featuring A$AP Rocky, Skrillex, Skepta and Lil Skies, was announced this week. To celebrate, Hussein Moses found five of A$AP Rocky's best (and weirdest) collaborations.

Nah Zone: NZ creative culture’s new kids on the block

Nah Zone, the new underground collective showcasing music, writing and art on the internet and in the club.

EXCLUSIVE: Tami Neilson ‘Devil in a Dress’ video premiere

The Spinoff presents the video premiere of Tami Neilson's 'Devil in a Dress', featuring the O'Neill Twins.

Vincent HL: From West Auckland punk drummer to fuzz folkster

Vincent Lum – aka Vincent HL – discusses his fuzzed-out take on country rock and a new set of songs that cover everything from death to hangovers to strange mystical vortexes.

Jackson Owens: A Māori pop star in LA going solo

Turangi-born, LA-based Jackson Owens discusses his debut solo single, ‘Touch,’ and why breakthrough success for the singer now seems closer than ever.

Dictaphone Blues: ‘We’ll all end up at the Grey Lynn RSC playing as 50-year-olds. That would be success’

Dictaphone Blues's Ed Castelow on Tinder, synths and redefining indie success. 

How New Zealand could enter (and win?) the Eurovision Song Contest

New Zealand may have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to join Eurovision – so who would give us the best shot of a win?

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.