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Articles By Callum Wagstaff

Social Shun - Album Review: What Is Music
04 Apr 2020 // review by Callum Wagstaff
What is music? It's kind of a rhetorical question.
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The Grand Bazaar - Single Review: The Gunslinger
25 Mar 2020 // review by Callum Wagstaff
The Gunslinger is the debut single by brand new band The Grand Bazaar. Formed in November 30th of 2019, very littleinformation is yet known about this mysterious entity other than two of its members: Mama Hollywood and Hound McFox.
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Amos/Anon - Album Review: VHMET
24 Mar 2020 // review by Callum Wagstaff
Amos/Anon have been around in the margins of music society for over a decade now, occupying space around buzz words like Gothic, Acoustic, Industrial, Doom and Progressive. People used to find Amos/Anon CD's and USB's hidden in university libraries.
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Lexytron - Album Review: Something Blue
12 Mar 2020 // review by Callum Wagstaff
Something Blue is an Album by half Greek, half Persian, half English Lexytron. It's the debut album from Lexy, mixed and mastered in London by Marco Meloni.
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Alae - Single Review: Summer Thing
02 Mar 2020 // review by Callum Wagstaff
Alae have been working solidly since 2016, going from strength to strength, garnering radio play both in NZ and abroad and making Spotify playlists internationally. Summer Thing is the second single from an upcoming EP due out in June and it's the perfect song to have playing in the lounge while you hang your body half outside onto the deck and half inside because it's so nice and sunny but so hot; your beer sitting just out of reach of your lazily extended, slightly burned arm.
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VÏKÆ - Single Review: Liar
27 Feb 2020 // review by Callum Wagstaff
Liar is the third in a trio of narratively linked singles by Ukrainian born artist VïKÆ. Like the two songs preceding it, last September's Truth and November's Rumours, Liar deals with the issue of integrity within the context of relationships.
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Holloway Holiday - Single Review: Please Hold (An Operator Will Be With You Indefinitely)
27 Feb 2020 // review by Callum Wagstaff
A fire siren boots up as a clap-along snare cracks its way across a crushed up vocal telling some barely indecipherable story about talking to an operator who's either gonna get murdered or is coming to murder you or something but then it all cuts out leaving a whispered "already dead."The song launches back into the chorus with the slanted scribbly voice half chanting half crooning the catch phrase lyrics over the naked crunch of punk riffing chords: "It's the way you've got me wrapped around your little finger.
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Konarucchi - Single Review: Her Glow
20 Feb 2020 // review by Callum Wagstaff
Her Glow is the very first single on the very first EP from Konarucchi; whose moniker is a nickname given to him during his high school exchange in Japan. Though he has his hands in many different pots such as production, game music, and his band Pale Lady; the Stuck in Daydreams EP is a chance for him to explore his philosophy that the cohesion in a musical work comes from the artist and not from staying close to one musical genre.
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Impostor Syndrome - Single Review: The Hole in Your Head
08 Feb 2020 // review by Callum Wagstaff
Shannon Coulomb, Scott Nicolson and Ryan Culleton form the components of Imposter Syndrome. Coulomb chose the name as a kind of pact that nothing will get in the way of releasing music.
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Frannkkey - EP Review: Frannkkey
20 Dec 2019 // review by Callum Wagstaff
Sinister and sexy,  Frannkkey contains bass vibes so deep they massage the very marrow in your sternum until it shakes out of your pores.Frank Eggleton is a prolific fixture within the Wellington music scene, being involved in bands and projects like Solo Ono and Tidal Rave.
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Rumour City - EP Review: Bury All The Lies
11 Dec 2019 // review by Callum Wagstaff
Auckland based band Rumour City are a fairly new occurrence. As of 2019 they have a handful of gigs under their belt and a debut EP.
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Andrew Masseurs - Single/Video Review: Days They Come, Days They Go
01 Dec 2019 // review by Callum Wagstaff
In a world where keeping busy and treating lack of sleep like a badge of honour is a step away from being a religion, watching somebody spend a day lazing in the summer sun might fill a viewer with a sense of discomfort. Perhaps even abject dread.
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Makeshift Parachutes - Album Review: The Daily Absurd
14 Nov 2019 // review by Callum Wagstaff
What started as a jam session in a wine cellar in Houston Texas around 2012 would eventually emerge in Auckland, New Zealand under the name Makeshift Parachutes. Seven years later Makeshift Parachutes are releasing their debut full length album: The Daily Absurd.
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2 a.m. Orchestra - Single Review: Free
07 Nov 2019 // review by Callum Wagstaff
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Lucifer Gunne - EP Review: One Day You'll Be The Best Thing That's Ever Happened To Someone
30 Oct 2019 // review by Callum Wagstaff
Lucifer Gunne come out with an EP of acoustic sessions showcasing the dark and pensive songwriting of lead man Rory McDonald. McDonald's unusual voice is an amalgam of influences including Marilyn Manson, Kurt Cobain and Mike Patton.
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Repairs - Split EP Review: Repairs & Flogging a Dead One Horse Town
10 Oct 2019 // review by Callum Wagstaff
Auckland pop-punk trio Repairs have released a split EP with Tauranga purveyors of grunty minimalism Flogging a Dead One Horse Town (or FADOHT for practicality's sake.) The two bands find common ground in the bedrock of noise.
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Tom Ashman - Album Review: Degenerate
24 Sep 2019 // review by Callum Wagstaff
Tom Ashman is a guitarist, singer-songwriter and music producer from the Orkney Islands in the far north of Scotland. Now based in New Zealand, he has created new material infusing elements of grunge and punk into a folk rock foundation.
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Villainy - Album Review: Raised in the Dark
21 Jul 2019 // review by Callum Wagstaff
Villainy have been winning awards for their albums since their debut, so you don't need my review to convince you that you're gonna have a good time with Raised In The Dark. Their riffs are as saucy as ever and their crafting has reached a new level: they picked the 10 tracks on this album from a staggering pool of 107.
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NZ Top 10 Singles

  • BLINDING LIGHTS
    The Weeknd
  • ROSES (IMANBEK REMIX)
    SAINt JHN
  • IN THE AIR
    L.A.B.
  • INTENTIONS
    Justin Bieber feat. Quavo
  • SUPALONELY
    BENEE feat. Gus Dapperton
  • DON'T START NOW
    Dua Lipa
  • DEATH BED
    Powfu feat. beabadoobee
  • SAY SO
    Doja Cat
  • THE BOX
    Roddy Ricch
  • SUNDAY BEST
    Surfaces
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