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Articles By Steve Shyu

Interview with BOKEH
11 Nov 2019 // interview by Steve Shyu
BOKEH is the artistic alter-ego of New Zealand raised, Berlin based audio-visual artist, Chole Lewer. With her debut EP Don't Leave The Fire released in 2017, Chloe is also the director and producer for her own film production company, Ramona Ramona.
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Written by Wolves - Album Review: Secrets
07 Nov 2019 // review by Steve Shyu
It’s no secret. Written by Wolves have been hard at work for the past two years on their debut, full-length album.
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Coridian - Interview with Coridian
25 Oct 2019 // interview by Steve Shyu
Coridian have become something of a household name in the Kiwi alternative-rock scene. Often regarded as local legends in Auckland, they’ve crafted two EP's and released half a dozen singles, the band have also opened for international acts like Fuel, P.
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TOOMS - Single Review: Greatest Hits
23 Oct 2019 // review by Steve Shyu
The enigmatic two-piece Auckland act TOOMS have been busy. They’ve performed at festivals such as Loserpolooza, Hataitai Homewrecker, and opened for international groups Bench Press and Propagandhi.
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Ginzu and the Steak Knives - Album Review: Kavanak
19 Oct 2019 // review by Steve Shyu
Ginzu and the Steak Knives are an Auckland three-piece act that proudly describe their music simply as "Loud And Disgusting". With a handful of EP's and singles under their belts, the band finally got round to carving out a hefty chunk of their latest work, being their debut full-length album, titled Kavanak.
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Kaosis - Album Review: Hitech - Lowlife
15 Oct 2019 // review by Steve Shyu
Kaosis is Hamilton's first and only face-painted, mask-wearing industrial dubstep metal band. And they sport that badge with pride.
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Arrays - Interview with JP Carroll / Arrays
07 Oct 2019 // interview by Steve Shyu
Arrays is the current side-project of JP Carroll, the lead singer and songwriter of renowned hard-rockers Armed in Advance. The three-piece act enjoyed loads of airplay on The Rock with their hit singles Same Old Story and Stay, as well as supporting Villainy and I Am Giant live on the stage.
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Channeled - Album Review: Channeled
24 Sep 2019 // review by Steve Shyu
Ben Ruegg, a fellow contributor to Muzic.net.
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Melodownz - Interview with Melodownz
14 Sep 2019 // interview by Steve Shyu
Raised in West Auckland, Melodownz is making strides in the rap industry both in NZ and globally. He began creating spoken word and later discovered the art of freestyle and hip-hop, which led to the success of his 2017 EP Avontales, touring Europe and now working on his next album.
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Bianca Isabel - Single Review: Hypocrite
29 Aug 2019 // review by Steve Shyu
Wellingtonian teen singer-songwriter Bianca Isabel has been creating her own music since she was just twelve. In recent months, she has recorded and released a small handful of original material, turning heads in local indie/alternative pop circles.
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Written by Wolves - Interview with Michael Murphy from Written by Wolves
21 Aug 2019 // interview by Steve Shyu
Written by Wolves have been hailed as the princes of anthemic alternative rock in Aotearoa; blowing away audiences and fans alike with their energising and unforgettable live sets. For nigh on a decade, the five-piece group from Auckland have secured opening slots on tours with Devilskin and Blindspott, as well as dominating festival stages like Storm the Gates, Bay Dreams and Ohakune Mardi Gras, all to critical acclaim.
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Shepherds Reign - Single Review: Legend
14 Aug 2019 // review by Steve Shyu
Shepherds Reign originated in South Auckland, combining essences of classic and contemporary metal with Polynesian influences. Arguably the best-known Pasifika metal band on our side of the globe, this rising name has not stopped recording music and wowing audiences with live performances with their signature sound since starting in 2016.
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Blue River Baby - Album Review: Blue River Baby
24 Jul 2019 // review by Steve Shyu
Blue River Baby are a Wellington band that formed in 2016 and they have since captivated countless live audiences with their blend of classic rock, dub, soul, ska and reggae. Last year, they recorded their very first full-length release with Lee Prebble at Surgery Studios in the windy capital.
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Amanaki - Interview: Amanaki
11 Jul 2019 // interview by Steve Shyu
Formed from various Auckland and Hamilton metal and hardcore bands, Amanaki is a name rising in the extreme music scenes of Aotearoa. Adding on top of existing EPs and singles, the band's impassioned and bold performances are turning plenty of heads this side of the country.
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Albi & The Wolves - Interview: Albi & The Wolves
10 Jul 2019 // interview by Steve Shyu
Albi & The Wolves are making 2019 all theirs. After three years or performing, touring and connecting with people, their new album This Is War will be making an impact on 26 July.
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The Hopkinsville Goblins - Album Review: Pink Orange
10 Jul 2019 // review by Steve Shyu
The elusive and cryptic Hopkinsville Goblins have reportedly been in existence for nearly five years, yet not too terribly much is known about this mythical little group. Lead by principal songwriter Alvin Impulsive, the Goblins (plus Alvin) have moved on to their third full-album release in about as many years.
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Craig Payne - Album Review: Making History
02 Jul 2019 // review by Steve Shyu
Christchurch-based singer-songwriter Craig Payne is ready to make history. No kidding, the new album is proudly titled Making History, and it’s loaded, aimed high, and if the title is anything to go by, it should burn an unmissable trail across the sky that is New Zealand music.
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Thomas Brothers - Interview: Thomas Brothers
18 Jun 2019 // interview by Steve Shyu
Four brothers. One band.
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Hobnail - Interview with Rob Joass from Hobnail
14 Jun 2019 // interview by Steve Shyu
Any thoughts on the current state of country music in NZ and where you see it headed? It has grown up and spawned bastard children all over the place, which is exciting and healthy.
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Outside In - Single Review - The Garden of Light
07 May 2019 // review by Steve Shyu
Outside In is the progressive rock project from Aucklanders Jonnie Barnard on guitar, singer/keyboardist/guitarist Mikey Brown, drummer Adam Tobeck, and Elliott Park on bass. Whilst the group have been making waves in Aotearoa’s alt-rock communities for years and years, admittedly, I had not yet properly listened to Outside In before, only experiencing them live once.
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City of Souls - Interview with Marcus from City of Souls
24 Apr 2019 // interview by Steve Shyu
Over the years, City of Souls have carved their name deep into the alternative rock scene of Aotearoa, topping national charts and opening for countless international acts. With new music in the works, and a countrywide tour mapped out, the six-man band are certainly showing no signs of slowing.
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Hunt The Witch - Interview with Bevan & Jason from Hunt the Witch
23 Apr 2019 // interview by Steve Shyu
Auckland rock quartet Hunt the Witch have been kicking around the Aotearoa stoner rock/metal scene since 2013, now with one EP down, and a heavy handful of riff-filled singles the guys have a debut LP ready to light on 17th May. Paul T Gheist from Muzic.
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Sophie Mashlan - Interview with Sophie Mashlan
22 Apr 2019 // interview by Steve Shyu
19-year-old Sophie Mashlan's incredible debut album Perfect Disaster is about to be released with Sophie heading out on a 9-date tour around the country starting in Auckland on 23 April and finishing up in Dunedin on 19 May. Paul T Gheist from Muzic.
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Alien Weaponry - Gig Review: Alien Weaponry @ Studio, Auckland - 23/03/2019
28 Mar 2019 // review by Steve Shyu
Just a few days ago, my brother asked "What's Alien Weaponry?", and I was happy to oblige and catch him up on one of the most talked-about bands in New Zealand music.
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Glow Becky - Interview with Karl from Glow Becky
28 Mar 2019 // interview by Steve Shyu
Glow Becky are a powerful, melodic alt-rock band from Auckland who began in 2016 when audio tech Karl Apao decided to form his own band instead of recording others' music. Three years on, the band have played numerous sets and worked hard releasing original songs, and their latest single is Stand Up.
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Lucifer Gunne - Single Review: Energenetic
25 Mar 2019 // review by Steve Shyu
Lucifer Gunne is the young but powerful quartet of punk/alternative-rock specialists hailing from the capital city. Fronted by bassist and frontman Rory McDonald, the band have worked hard writing and playing live over the past two years, and just a week ago, the lads unveiled their latest creation.
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Monshi - Single Review: Strange Love
04 Mar 2019 // review by Steve Shyu
Born in South Africa and now based in Hamilton, Kate Theresa AKA Monshi has been working hard at creating her own sound and style. Making her DJ'ing debut at Hamilton’s Smash the Rails Fest 2 earlier this year, she knew the time to get musically creative was now.
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Logic Defies Logic - Single Review: Suits and Ladders
02 Mar 2019 // review by Steve Shyu
Logic Defies Logic initially began in Hamilton as a funk-prog-metal instrumental group, then relocated to Melbourne, Australia, and found a vocalist to join their ranks. Following their release of LP Magic & Science in 2017, the band have now returned with a new single Suits and Ladders.
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Krispy & The Pooch - EP Review: Something Strange for Change
25 Feb 2019 // review by Steve Shyu
A music-production duo from Aotearoa but based in Berlin? Which one is Krispy, and which is the Pooch?
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Papercity - Interview with Alex from Papercity
16 Feb 2019 // interview by Steve Shyu
Originally formed in Nelson, Papercity have been performing and recording music for eight years. To mark the start of an exciting new chapter, the band have recently released a new song and video titled Plastic.
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Streakers - Single Review: Beta
15 Feb 2019 // review by Steve Shyu
Christchurch has yielded a number of world-famous-in-NZ alternative rock bands throughout the history of the universe, and a new one to keep an eye on is Streakers. It’s unclear if any of the band members have ever disrobed and raced across a rugby stadium, but word has it that they have raised decibels and shaken plenty of ceilings in the South Island.
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Gig Review: The Living End @ Powerstation, Auckland - 6/02/2019
08 Feb 2019 // review by Steve Shyu
I saw the Living End just once at a Big Day Out, however long ago that was. Unlike so many bands we used to hear a lot of but have now put on backburners, I remembered with deep fondness the fun time I had seeing a spiky-haired punk rock band from Aussie send the crowd around me completely frantic, song after song.
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Lola Sola - Single/Video Review: Get It
01 Feb 2019 // review by Steve Shyu
Kiwi soul-folk singer-songwriter Lola Sola has toured throughout Australia and New Zealand, now nailed down two EP's and one full-length album, and showed no signs of slowing down. To great anticipation both here and in Aussie, the DIY-songstress finally released her new music video and single, titled Get It.
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Checaine - Single Review: Let Go
30 Jan 2019 // review by Steve Shyu
Checaine have been rocking out for close to eight years now, gaining local adoration and recognition from some of New Zealand’s most renowned. With not a mention of slowing down, the Hamilton quartet have presented the universe with their latest tune, Let Go.
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Jon Toogood - Interview: Jon Toogood
26 Jan 2019 // interview by Steve Shyu
As the front-man for one of New Zealand's most successful Rock acts Shihad, the main man behind NZ's supergroup The Adults or as a solo performer, Jon Toogood has been at the forefront of NZ Music for more than 20 years; epitomising what it means to be a great musician. His illustrious career has cemented his place within NZ music history, and his music has inspired many other musicians; both here and in Australia.
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n1ghtmar3cat - Single Review: Lost And Found
24 Jan 2019 // review by Steve Shyu
Dave Johnston has become a musical jack-of-all-trades. Commonly known as the drummer for Aotearoa’s alt-rock champions Villainy and the creatively adventurous The Zoup, he is now putting his production and audio engineering skills to the test, creating electronic music as a new notch in his belt.
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Namesake - EP Review: 4 Songs
09 Jan 2019 // review by Steve Shyu
A band named Namesake. An EP simply titled 4 Songs.
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Rosy Tin Teacaddy - Coastella Interview: Rosy Tin Teacaddy
20 Dec 2018 // interview by Steve Shyu
Wellington act Rosy Tin Teacaddy celebrated their 10th year in 2017, and they'll be performing at Coastella 2019, which is taking place on the Kapiti Coast on 23 February. Steve from Muzic.
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Congress of Animals - Gig Review: Congress of Animals @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Auckland - 01/12/2018
05 Dec 2018 // review by Steve Shyu
On a humid and rainy Saturday evening, myself and the gig’s designated photographer drove to the dimly-lit town of Leigh to check out this new band that features the Kiwi household name Bret McKenzie (from Flight of the Conchords) and his mates, Congress of Animals on their Strange Caravan tour. I attended with very little prior knowledge except that Bret is performing with a couple of members of Fly My Pretties.
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Fire For Glory - Single Review: Falling With Style
02 Dec 2018 // review by Steve Shyu
Strap in, pop-punk fans of New Zealand – Fire For Glory have a new song out. The metalcore and pop-punk quintet from Auckland reformed after a brief hiatus, and once revitalised with a new line-up, they got straight to recording new tunes.
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Fire For Glory - Newsletter Interview: Fire For Glory
25 Nov 2018 // interview by Steve Shyu
Fire For Glory is one of the most revered names in the Auckland punk-rock scene and has been kicking around Auckland for over half a decade now. The band went on a brief split earlier in the year and quickly reformed, recorded new material and hopped right back into playing live.
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Fire For Glory - Single Review: Stray Dogs
30 Oct 2018 // review by Steve Shyu
If you’re involved in any way in the rock scene of Auckland, it’s likely you’ll have heard the name Fire For Glory. If you haven’t yet, well, tune in anyway: This pop-punk group has been kicking around Auckland for over half a decade now, and currently consists of Josh on the mic, Brian on bass guitar, Shay on the kit, plus Cam and Elijah on the six-strings.
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Sons Of Zion - Sons of Zion @ Powerstation, Auckland
05 Sep 2018 // review by Steve Shyu
Otium The team of five fresh-faced lads from Whangarei wasted no time in setting the pace for the evening by laying out a slow-grooving rhythm and a rolling bassline in that all-familiar sound of Kiwi reggae. After all, this is what the rest of the night is about!
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Jessy & The Volunteers - Single Review: Night Watch
27 Aug 2018 // review by Steve Shyu
Formerly performing as a solo project, this brand-new soul-groove band Auckland was put together by lead singer Jessy Wadeson in June 2018. Jessy & The Volunteers wasted no time in premiering this new tune at Karangahape Road’s Anthology Lounge last Friday night and it was embraced with high praise.
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Outland Sessions - EP Review: Darkness
26 Jul 2018 // review by Steve Shyu
The Outland Sessions is the result of a large collaborative project between 20 Kiwi musicians who gathered in Pahiatua over February 2018 to jam, write and record songs. The end products are twenty entirely different-sounding songs, mixed and mastered by Mordecai Records and released as three separate EP's.
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Outland Sessions - EP Review: Duskfall
24 Jul 2018 // review by Steve Shyu
The Outland Sessions is the end product of a large collaborative project between 20 Kiwi musicians who gathered in Pahiatua over February 2018 to jam, write and record songs. The end products are twenty entirely different-sounding songs, mixed and mastered by Mordecai Records and released as three separate EP's.
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Outland Sessions - EP Review: Daylight
13 Jul 2018 // review by Steve Shyu
The Outland Sessions is the result of a large collaborative project between 20 Kiwi musicians who gathered in Pahiatua over February 2018 to jam, write and record songs. The end products are twenty entirely different-sounding songs, mixed and mastered by Mordecai Records and released as three separate EPs.
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    Six60
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    Post Malone
  • RAINING
    Six60
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    DRAX Project feat. Six60
  • NEVER ENOUGH
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