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Articles By ShelleySketch

ABRZY - EP Review: Night Fall
11 Jul 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
After interviewing ABRZY, I knew I had to be the one to review his brand-new EP Night Fall. This short EP consists of three tracks; his most recent single Top Down, which has been reviewed here, and two new previously unreleased tracks Night Fall kicks off with the enterprising track, Rock Your Body.
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Times x Two - EP Review: Late Night Legacy
26 Jun 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
Times x Two have been somewhat of a staple in the New Zealand festival scene for a while, but they have now stepped up and are showing NZ just how big they can be with the release of their new EP Late Night Legacy. The EP cover art is strong and regal, with Cader and Zee against a rich red background; somewhat of a reflection of the objective of the EP itself, as there are some solid tracks that are sure to blow up.
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Thomston - Single & Video Review: Acid Rain
25 Jun 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
Thomston has been rather absent from the public eye lately but decided to surprise us by releasing a new single and video for Acid Rain.  The single cover art has somewhat a very retro feel, thanks to the clothing choices of a metallic button up with cream pants used in the image.
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Janine - Album Review: 99
12 Jun 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
Kiwi songstress Janine has been hustling hard since jumping overseas and it seems to be paying off. After releasing a few singles in the lead up, her debut album 99 is finally here.
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Alien Weaponry - Gig Review: Alien Weaponry @ Galatos, Auckland - 02/06/2018
05 Jun 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
It’s a damp night, it was 8pm and the doors opened. The crowd began to pack in and I’ll admit there was more than I expected.
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Seth Haapu - Single Review: New Wave
03 Jun 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
In his first release since Volume II in 2107, Seth Haapu returns with his beautiful new singe New Wave. I’ve noticed Seth sticks to a theme of nature that has been a part of his previous releases and is a part of who he is.
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Mitch James - Single Review: 21
03 Jun 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
With his most recent single release in 2017, Mitch James has returned with a beautiful acoustic track entitled 21. The music is a simple accompaniment of a piano and a guitar, with what sounds like a finger snap or clap.
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Josh Leys - Gig Review: Josh Leys @ Mt Eden Village Centre, Auckland - 18/05/2018
02 Jun 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
As part of NZ Music Month, Auckland local Josh Leys played an intimate show at Mt Eden Village Centre. The atmosphere made me feel a bit like I was at a school dance.
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ABRZY - ABRZY Newsletter Interview
01 Jun 2018 // interview by ShelleySketch
ABRZY was hit with the struggle from day one. Growing up on the rough streets of Bangladesh as a young kid, ABRZY was exposed to a lifestyle that would one day spawn his creative muse and allow him to channel visions for a better future.
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Jaggers x Lines - Jaggers x Lines Newsletter Interview
01 Jun 2018 // interview by ShelleySketch
Shelley has had an incredible month interviewing for muzic.net.
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PT - PT Newsletter Interview
01 Jun 2018 // interview by ShelleySketch
Shelley recently sat down with PT at Auckland Art Gallery to catch up with him and see what he’s been up to. The interview kicked off with us discussing social media and technology.
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Seth Haapu - Seth Haapu Newsletter Interview
01 Jun 2018 // interview by ShelleySketch
Shelley sat down and had a great chat with Seth Haapu at Shaky Isles in New Lynn. Here’s what he had to say: How would you describe your music?
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Sons Of Zion - Album Review: Vantage Point
28 May 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
Sons of Zion have been rather quiet since their 2017 EP, The Jukebox Suite, but after the release of their single Drift Away, you could really sense something great was coming. That something is their new album Vantage Point.
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PT - Album Review: Goliath
27 May 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
Pieter T has burst back on to the scene with a new name, PT, and an exciting new album Goliath.The album cover is a collage of red and black with the title dominant in white.
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Marlon Williams - Gig Review: Marlon Williams @ The Town Hall, Auckland - 25/05/2018
26 May 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
On a wet, dark Friday night, a large crowd descended on the Town Hall in Auckland City. This was the first of two Auckland shows for Marlon Williams, with many of the shows on his tour selling out.
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Louis Baker - Single Review: Black Crow
18 May 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
Louis Baker has been rather quiet recently, however he has still been active on social media and is still doing live shows. But now he has given everyone something to be excited about, his new single Black Crow.
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Drax Project - Gig Review: Drax Project @ The Powerstation, Auckland - 12/05/18
16 May 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
On Saturday I arrived to The Powerstation, to see Drax Project play to a sold-out crowd, for the second night in a row! Due to this show being all ages, there were 2 long lines reaching out in opposite directions which steadily minimised as crowds made their way in.
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Jamie McDell - Gig Review: Jamie McDell @ The Tuning Fork, Auckland - 4/5/2018
06 May 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
On Friday Jamie McDell released her new album Extraordinary Girl and last night she celebrated the release with an intimate show at the Tuning Fork. This show was also the first to kick off her Extraordinary Girl NZ Tour.
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Openside - Single Review: No Going Back
03 May 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
Openside seem to constantly be on our radar, opening for bands like All Time Low and Fall Out Boy and just consistently releasing music. They released their EP Push Back, followed by I Feel Nothing and now we have their new single No Going Back.
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Rei - EP Review: Rangatira
03 May 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
Rei has recently released his new EP, Rangatira, which combines the Māori language with the hip-hop/RnB genre. This combination will help bring Te Reo to a more mainstream audience.
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Nicole Andrews - Nicole Andrews Newsletter Interview
01 May 2018 // interview by ShelleySketch
Wellington based singer and electronic musician, Nicole Andrews, released her second and highly anticipated album, A Stranger, on May 4th, and has a national album tour taking place from 10-25 May.  Her music is described as “Simple, stripped back, yet incredibly solid” by NZ Musician Magazine; and The Listener Magazine have said “for those who like their femininity fierce and fearless.
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Gig Review: Sleeping With Sirens @ The Powerstation, Auckland - 29/4/18
01 May 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
It’s a Sunday night in Auckland and this show was adjusted accordingly, with set times being even earlier than scheduled. 5pm doors was a weird experience but at the same time it was a welcomed one.
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Gig Review: Primacy, Remote & Coridian @ Ding Dong Lounge, Auckland - 7/4/18
22 Apr 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
As I arrived at Ding Dong Lounge it seemed rather quiet. But you could see it was going to pick up when a stag-do stumbled out.
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Gin Wigmore - Album Review: Ivory
13 Apr 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
To promote her new music which lead up to the album release, Gin Wigmore created the project #GIRLGANG. She hand-selected five different artists to create original pieces inspired by five singles from Ivory.
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I Am Giant - Album Review: Life in Captivity
02 Apr 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
I Am Giant are back with a new album, Life in Captivity, which is also their last. It has a simple but strong album cover.
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April Fish - April Fish Newsletter Interview
01 Apr 2018 // interview by ShelleySketch
A name born from the literal translation of the French term for "April Fools (day)", April Fish is pianist/singer-songwriter Katie Morton ably backed by John Costa. The music is a concoction of soundscapes with an artistic freedom that is so left of the middle, it's as if Tim Burton and Kate Bush are in command of the Starship Enterprise as it boldly accompanies Alice down the rabbit hole.
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Dead Favours - Single Review: Better The Weather
13 Mar 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
Better The Weather is the third single from Auckland rockers Dead Favours. The song is the third in the trio of songs recorded in Melbourne with producer Tom Larkin (Shihad) at the end of 2016.
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Silence The City - Gig Review: Silence The City @ Backbeat, Auckland - 2/3/2018
11 Mar 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
I arrived at Backbeat on K’Road at the perfect time, the doors have just opened. Heading up the stairs I am surrounded by music memorabilia.
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Jamie McDell - Single Review: Tori Feat. Kasey Chambers
10 Mar 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
It’s very exciting to have new music from Jamie McDell, and this new track is very her. She has definitely gone back to her country roots rather than stick with her previous Pop elements and it’s a good move.
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The Latest Fallout - Single Review: What Kind Of Person Do You Take Me For
03 Mar 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
With their new single, The Latest Fallout have taken more of a Pop Rock approach. There are some distinct Punk undertones, but the vocals make it come across as being more of a Pop Rock track.
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Jed Parsons - Jed Parsons Newsletter Interview
02 Mar 2018 // interview by ShelleySketch
Jed Parsons is a fresh young talent hailing from Christchurch. At 20 years old, Parsons is the youngest member of the ‘Fledge’ creative collective, and he is already gaining a powerful reputation in the music scene as a talented drummer and a singer/songwriter.
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Ghost Who Walks - Ghost Who Walks Newsletter Interview
02 Mar 2018 // interview by ShelleySketch
Ghost Who Walks have their own style of homegrown funk, rock and blues, complete with a tight rhythm section and a groove that will make you move. Since their inception, they have wowed audiences with their electrifying live sets.
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Berri Txarrack @ Whammy Bar, Auckland - 18/02/2018
20 Feb 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
Upon arrival to Whammy Bar, the first thing I noticed is the intimate crowd who were circled around the stage as Lookin Up were setting up. They are currently doing a headline tour around NZ and with a quick intro they dove into their set, hammering out track after track.
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Dilz - Single Review: Wait On You Ft. J.Williams & TY
07 Feb 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
This song is about being in a toxic relationship and what made it so toxic. The music is somewhat what you would expect, a bit of piano and a hip-hop beat.
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Marina Bloom and Moving Stuff - Single Review: This Feeling
07 Feb 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
If you’ve heard of Marina Bloom and Moving Stuff before then this is not a track you would have expected. This is such an upbeat dance track which is different from the music she has previously released such as Seven Seas and Heroes.
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Omega Levine - Single Review: Stay Connected Ft. Zonny
07 Feb 2018 // review by ShelleySketch
Listening to the first 10 seconds, you don’t really know what type of track this is going to be. But then the music and Omega’s vocals kick in and it’s a nice surprise.
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NZ Top 10 Singles

  • SHOTGUN
    George Ezra
  • EASTSIDE
    Benny Blanco feat. Halsey And Khalid
  • HAPPIER
    Marshmello And Bastille
  • BE ALRIGHT
    Dean Lewis
  • I LOVE IT
    Kanye West And Lil Pump
  • BETTER
    Khalid
  • ZEZE
    Kodak Black feat. Travis Scott And Offset
  • PROMISES
    Calvin Harris And Sam Smith feat. Jessie Reyez
  • FALLING DOWN
    Lil Peep And Xxxtentacion
  • GIRLS LIKE YOU
    Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B
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