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Articles By Steve Shyu

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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