Music Archive

How did P!nk get so huge?

If you expected one pop singer to have five sold-out shows at Spark Arena in 2018, would you have expected it to be P!nk?

UMO on Chelsea Jade on The Beths on Marlon Williams on Troy Kingi: Silver Scrolls finalists talk about each other

Last week, APRA announced the five finalists for the 2017 Silver Scroll Award. Today, exclusively for The Spinoff, the five artists discuss each other’s nominated songs.

Get out your Oakleys: Blindspott are back

After ten years of public fallout, New Zealand's favourite Nu-Metal band are back. Don Rowe talks to Blindspott. 

The laidback raps and pop beats of Hans.

Hans made his name in the Soundcloud rap scene, but last year made a leap with his one-and-only track on Spotify racking up 1.5 million streams. He talks collaborarting and his new EP, Puddles.

Love and theft: Bob Dylan in Auckland, reviewed

Bob Dylan played Spark Arena in Auckland last night. Two ol' buds were there and emailed back-and-forth about it afterwards.

Maioha Award finalists: fearless navigators negotiating ever-shifting tides

The five finalists of APRA's Maioha Award were announced today. We looks at the final five and their place in the future of te reo Māori.

In love with those times: Preserving Flying Nun’s legacy

Flying Nun's rightful place in New Zealand history has been secured with the acquisition of the legendary label's master tapes by the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Baby, you’ll be famous: Lady Gaga’s The Fame, ten years on

Impossibly, Lady GaGa's debut album The Fame came out ten years ago this week. Sam Brooks looks back at the album that launched an icon.

Born in the USSR: A guide to the ‘red wave’ of Soviet rock

Inspired by the screening of Leto at this year's International Film Festival, we present a guide to the first wave of rock from the USSR.

Tom Scott: ‘If you’re worried about pissing people off, your career’s done’

Avantdale Bowling Club's Tom Scott talks fame, infamy and coming home to Avondale.

Aretha Franklin was more than just the Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin has died. Sam Brooks remembers the Queen.

Raw honesty and multisyllabic rhymes: Avantdale Bowling Club’s ‘Years Gone By’, reviewed

The first album by Avantdale Bowling Club, the new moniker of rapper Tom Scott, is released tomorrow. Dominic Hoey (aka Tourettes) reviews the latest work by the rapper who over a decade ago was taking his demos to Tourettes shows.

The 60 best Madonna songs in honour of her 60th birthday

Madonna turns sixty today, so Sam Brooks rounds up the best sixty Madonna songs to celebrate this with her.

Celine Dion is Big Dick Energy

Celine Dion just finished her world tour with three concerts at Auckland's Spark Arena. Huge fan Madeleine Chapman was there to experience the magic.

Mitski, indie’s loneliest cowboy

Before her new album is released later this week, Mitski talks to The Spinoff about about anxiety, loneliness, secrets, cinema, and love.

‘It’s lit!’: Travis Scott’s Astroworld, reviewed (WATCH)

The Spinoff's trap correspondent, Tekashi09, reviews one of the biggest albums of the month, Travis Scott's Astroworld. Esskeetit!

EXCLUSIVE: SoccerPractise ‘Kaua E Mate Wheke’ video premiere

The new SoccerrPractise ‘Kaua E Mate Wheke’ animated video by Kim Newall & Frances Haszard.

Track by track: Ha the Unclear’s Invisible Lines

A track-by-track guide to Auckland-based, Dunedin-formed band Ha the Unclear's new album Invisible Lines.

Burned out: The Kiwi Burning Man has been cancelled

'Burners' around the country will have to look elsewhere for their collectivist fix, after Kiwiburn 2019 was cancelled by event organisers.

Turning sorrow into glass: Celebrating the return of Robyn

Last week, Robyn released 'Missing U', her first solo single in since 2010. Ellen Falconer writes about the Swedish pop artist's enduring relevance and the incredibly therapeutic power of her music.

A collaboration, not a culture clash: The NZSO and The Phoenix Foundation, reviewed!

The NZSO and The Phoenix Foundation performed their Celebrate! show last night at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellingto

Powerstation owner defends, then cancels hosting Southern-Molyneux show (updated)

'The Powerstation is a blank canvas,' says owner after organisers reveal alt-right duo Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux will appear at beloved music venue. 

Give Up Your Dreams: Samuel Flynn Scott on The Phoenix Foundation’s 20th Anniversary

On longevity, listening to your old work and the band's four-date tour with the NZSO to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

‘I should write about stuff like this night right here’: An oral history of Home Brew’s Last Week EP

Home Brew’s needle-shifting Last Week EP was released 10 years ago this month. Sam Wicks talks to the people who brought the unapologetically local project to life.