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Andrew Masseurs - EP Review: She’s So Nasty
19 Sep 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser
Well, being either a PC softy or a bit of a feminist, I didn’t warm to the title track She’s So Nasty, but being a professional I opened my ears and had a listen to Andrew Masseurs’ new EP. And I’m glad I did.
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Kovan - Single Review: Permanent
19 Sep 2020 // A review by Kerry Kingi
Here's the latest single from Hip-Hop / RnB artist Kovan.Titled Permanent, this track goes straight into the beat and rapping after a short intro.
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Lakius - Single Review: This Tension
18 Sep 2020 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Deemed as New Zealand’s 4th best industrial/groove-metal duo, Auckland’s Lakius kept busy during our lockdown periods creating and had recently released another single titled, This Tension. With a stunning video to accompany it, This Tension is an assault of noise that leaves all your senses on alert.
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Khemikal - Single Review: Unity
18 Sep 2020 // A review by Carl Hayman
Back in the early to mid-2000’s I was a huge fan of POD, Alterbridge, Incubus and Disturbed, and to some extent I still am. The beginning of the DJ era within rock music.
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Repairs - Album Review: Repeat Repeat
18 Sep 2020 // A review by Harry Platt
33 minutes. 14 tracks.
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Arli Liberman - Soundtrack Review: Savage
17 Sep 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
Arli Liberman is a natural fit for a movie score. As anyone who has listened to his three solo albums - Arli Liberman, Fata Morgana and Allegra will have noted, the Israel-born guitarist has a flair for visceral, beautifully textured and other-worldly soundscapes.
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Strangely Arousing - Single Review: Airplanes
16 Sep 2020 // A review by Steve Shyu
Ska and reggae specialists Strangely Arousing hail from Rotorua, and the five lads have been making plenty of waves in the Aotearoa music scene over half a dozen years. They won SmokeFree Pacifica Beats in 2013, went on to perform at numerous Raggamuffin and Rhythm & Vines festivals, and even toured South Korea and China.
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VÏKÆ - EP Review: Finelines
16 Sep 2020 // A review by Madeleine Howard
Ukrainian born, now Auckland based pop artist VïKÆ has arrived with her debut EP Finelines, released on the 4th of September. Finelines is the result of a fierce partnership between VïKÆ, real name Veronika Bell and Abigail Knudson Missy.
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Researchintospeed - Single Review: Anode
15 Sep 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Papaioea’s own proponent of live electronic dance music Researchintospeed has just dropped a new track and accompanying video, Anode. As part of the stand-alone electronic work of Craig Black, Anode was added to his expanding electro catalog over lock down.
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The RVMES - Single Review: Big Bam Boom
14 Sep 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
The RVMES newest track Big Bam Boom is a good time that deserves your attention.The rawness and realness of this track cannot be denied.
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Empasse - EP Review: Ultraviolet
13 Sep 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
Ultraviolet has history – literally. As its composer Nick Johnston explains in the press release accompanying the EP, his first under the moniker Empasse , it is a “soundtrack to a story that is not well known in New Zealand outside the Waikato region where I live.
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Pull Down The Sun - Album Review: Of Valleys and Mountains
11 Sep 2020 // A review by Kris Raven
Whanganui's Pull Down The Sun are about to drop one of the best progressive metal albums of the year Of Valleys and Mountains. While not necessarily a ‘concept album’ the album as a whole, feels very cohesive, with every song having a point and place and the way the songs flow, taking the listener on an emotive journey that is both brutal and beautiful.
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Troy Kingi - Album Review: The Ghost of Freddie Cesar
10 Sep 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Genius. Honestly.
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Hazza Making Noise - Single Review: Boomers In Disguise
10 Sep 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Auckland based Cantabrian, disillusioned architect and sausage roll enthusiast Harry Platt who goes under the pseudonym Hazza Making Noise, has just released a new single called Boomers In Disguise. Cross a football chant with a rock opera and inject it with punk-rave then you will have a fair idea about the unique concept which Harry describes as having "an early Arctic Monkeys – Brianstormesque nature to it".
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Dub Boys - EP Review: Fortune Favours The Bold
10 Sep 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
The newest EP from the Dub Boys is fantastic. As someone who appreciates all styles of music, Hip-Hop continues to be one I stay fascinated with due to the current climate and success of certain artists.
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Mirrors - Single Review: Got This Feeling
09 Sep 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Originally starting out as a covers band in 2017, Christchurch based acoustic pop duo Mirrors expanded their repertoire this year during lockdown, taking the opportunity to write and record seven original songs in their home studio. Got This Feeling is their catchy brand-new second single release.
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Sonar.Suite - Single Review: Flip Siide
09 Sep 2020 // A review by Jason Peters
Flip Siide kicks off with a lone chilled blues guitar before a sweet vocal style similar to Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes) kicks into gear. Brendon Thomas is the mastermind behind this slippery little funk number.
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Dick Raine - EP Review: Dick Raine and Dick’s Guns
08 Sep 2020 // A review by Paul Goddard
Lockdowns are shit. A few months ago, we didn’t even know what a lockdown was nor social distancing and let’s face it the world is pretty fucked at the moment.
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The Settlers - Single Review: Love
06 Sep 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Driven by a catchy guitar loop and backed up with a beat that ebbs and flows, the new track Love from The Settlers really puts its focus on its lyrics and delivery.Keeping the vocal effects to the minimum here allows the verses to sound authentic and real.
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Julie Lamb - Album Review: How Humans Think
04 Sep 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
The first thing I noticed when I was blessed with a physical copy of Julie Lamb Outfit’s brand new eight track album How Humans Think, was the outstanding amount of work and love which has gone into the packaging of the CD. It is a creative thing of beauty to which I will elaborate further on.
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Bingo Fighter - Single Review: Kama Sutra
03 Sep 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser
Well, as bloody obvious things to write go, music is in the entertainment industry should be fun and entertaining. With that premise in mind, Bingo Fighter go to the top of the class with their new single Kama Sutra.
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Grant Haua - Single Review: This Is The Place
03 Sep 2020 // A review by Kev Rowland
Grant Haua is probably best known for being half of the two-man blues roots band Swamp Thing, but in January 2019 he made the decision to leave the band after 9 years, countless tours and numerous acclaimed albums. He locked himself away with producer and engineer Tim Julian from Colour Field Studios for several months, with the end result being the album Awa Blues.
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Madeleine Howard - EP Review: Just Reaching Out
02 Sep 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
Following the success of her singles No More and Missing Pieces, Madeleine Howard has released her much anticipated debut EP Just Reaching Out. Howard describes the EP as "a long time coming".
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Alae - EP Review: Lucy's Mix Tape
01 Sep 2020 // A review by Madeleine Howard
Indie-pop quartet Alae return with their EP Lucy’s Mix Tape, which was launched on the 26th of August. Featuring three previously released singles; Hit Me Where It Hurts, Summer Thing and Lucy, the EP also features the new single Please, as well as collaborations and re-works.
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Lou'ana - Single Review: Feel This
01 Sep 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
It’s no surprise that Lou’ana has been nominated in three categories at the Pacific Music Awards. What would surprise is if she didn’t scoop up the two main ones – Best Soul/RnB artist and Best Female Artist.
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Echo Children - Single Review: Our Parents Fixed It All
01 Sep 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
With the beguiling This Was Our Fault EP and the bitter-sweetness of Flowers still lingering, Echo Children are proving as alluring as they are elusive to define on their latest single, Our Parents Fixed It All. That might be because of the melting pot of nationalities – Amanda Larsson (Sweden), Niamh O'Flynn (Canada) and Oliver Young (Scotland) – that gives them such a sense of other-worldiness, beautifully infused in songs that sparkle like rare pop gems tinged with the earthiness of country and folk.
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Superturtle - Single Review: Dress the Same
01 Sep 2020 // A review by Harry Platt
Stomping garage Rock n Roll. Iggy Pop like vocals preach at me; "WE ALL DRESS THE SAME!
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End of an Empire - Album Review: Within Without
31 Aug 2020 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
End of an Empire is a Wellington four-piece who know a thing or two about creating good music, especially for a band that has just released their debut album. With an experimental thrash, hardcore metal sound, Within Without contains ten tracks that has thought, balance and integrity all rolled into its twenty-five minutes.
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Darryl Baser - Album Review: #Second Selfie
31 Aug 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
In true Darryl Baser fashion, his latest album has taken a few years to develop. Following on from his 2016 LP Raw Selfie, the album #Second Selfie has taken flight, once again from his Dunedin based living room.
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Aro - EP Review: He Manu Ano
28 Aug 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
Aro are a husband and wife duo who share a passion for the power of language and music to tell stories and remind us of our cultural identity. In celebration of Aotearoa’s magical wildlife, Aro have released a five track EP inspired by native birds.
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Samuel Philip Cooper - Single Review: Broken Heart Recovery
27 Aug 2020 // A review by Kev Rowland
Here we have Samuel Philip Cooper, a 25-year-old Wellington-based solo-pianist, who releases his first single, Broken Heart Recovery on Saturday 29th August. Cooper is planning to release this and one more tune as singles prior to the release of the album, Breaking The Silence, in November.
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Animalhead - Single Review: Follow Blind feat. Rory Howard
27 Aug 2020 // A review by Steve Shyu
For those who haven’t yet experienced Animalhead, the three-piece rock act is based in Auckland, and play energetic fusions of punk, rock & roll, with hard-grooves that nod at the likes of Black Sabbath and Audioslave. They’ve released three singles, have earned airplay on major radio stations The Rock and Hauraki, performed live at Muzic.
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Spook The Horses - Album Review: Empty Body
27 Aug 2020 // A review by Kris Raven
Eclectic post metallers Spook the Horses have released their 4th full length album Empty Body. Formed in 2009, this Wellington based 6-piece have spent the last 11 years creating artistically diverse and genre bending music, whether it be 2017's beautifully haunting and a little more chill album People Used To Live Here or their recent single releases where they have delivered unrelenting, progressively heavy soundscapes, shaping their impending new album.
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Torn Chorus - Single Review: Letting Go
27 Aug 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
Franklin Davis doesn’t have a pure voice. It’s on the slightly brittle side of melodious, more the kind that would blend in well with others.
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Taylor Roche - Single Review: Never Like That
26 Aug 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Emerging pop artist Taylor Roche has just released his latest single Never Like That. Roche is Auckland-based and full of flame.
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Riqi Harawira - Single Review: Suffering
25 Aug 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
Riqi Harawira has made his calling an open book that has dealt with his personal experience of addiction and mental health challenges. His latest single Suffering, is his most powerful statement yet, precisely and eloquently encapsulating aspects of the recovery journey.
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Big Scout - Single Review: Nothing Ever Happens
25 Aug 2020 // A review by Paul Goddard
There are ear worms.Then there is this little snaky bastard of a tune from Big Scout.
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Jam Fish - Single Review: The Hermits Red Balloon
24 Aug 2020 // A review by Chris Chick
Jam Fish’s new single The Hermit’s Red Balloon was released on the 14th August 2020. This song can only be described through golfing metaphors, the experience of listening to this song was like playing a shot beyond the horizon and hoping you make the green.
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Ekko Park - Album Review: Horizon
24 Aug 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
The latest album from Ekko Park is an absolute blast of a time to listen to from beginning to end.All Eyes On Me sets the scene by just giving it everything.
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Hadees Drudge - Album Review: On Your Knees
23 Aug 2020 // A review by Kev Rowland
Hadees Drudge came together in Wellington in 2018, after a covers band featuring guitarist/songwriter Jason Keeler and drummer Jordan Hotton (previously in Bloodshot) disbanded. Hotton liked the songs he heard from Keeler, so they reached out on social media to find some musicians to form a new band and convinced singer Duane Frew (who had previously released some albums as Nort) and bassist Chris Ewers to come along for the ride.
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The Sixteenth - EP Review: The 16th EP
22 Aug 2020 // A review by Peter-James Dries
When you work as a data quality analyst, you need something to unwind. I chose animation.
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Stars and the Underground - Single Review: Nosferatu Upon Tyne
22 Aug 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser
Being an OG (old goth or original goth) from the 1980's I love me a bit of goth. Stars and the Underground are a nice bit of goth who have just released a 7" single.
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Marlin's Dreaming - Album Review: Quotidian
21 Aug 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser
Having been a reviewer of life and recorded music since the late 1980's, it is a rare and wonderful feeling to discover a band from my hometown who I haven’t heard of, until they drop a recording that takes my head clean off. Dunedin band Marlin’s Dreaming have released Quotidian, and are about to (Covid willing) head off on a NZ tour in late September and early October.
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Imperial April - Single Review: Tonic For Your Boredom
21 Aug 2020 // A review by Trevor Faville
This is the second release from Christchurch combo Imperial April, that has evolved in a new direction from their origins as The Response, with Victoria Ropp taking an upfront role on vocals. As such, Tonic for Your Boredom is a further refinement - and step up from- previous release Peachy.
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Lee Martin - Single/Video Review: Falling Down
20 Aug 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
Now is the time Lee Martin was due to take a trip to the US.Covid has scuttled those plans and, instead, she’s released the stunning single Falling Down (and 360-degree music video) from her Lost Girl EP, which came out last year.
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Valere - Single Review: Undercover
20 Aug 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
Following the success of her earlier releases Like That and Make Believe, Valere is back with her most sincere piece of work to date. Undercover begins with a choir of synths and swells into the questions "Do you know if your minds made up yet?
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The Vibes - Single Review: Funk Blaster
20 Aug 2020 // A review by Jason Peters
Hot of the press this latest offering from The Vibes. Funk Blaster is a tribute to James Brown and the Red Hot Chili Peppers and it's a great big slice of funky fun.
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Samantha Josephine - Album Review: Feeling In The Strange
20 Aug 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
Hailing from Ladysmith, South Africa, Samantha Josephine is the mastermind behind the Feeling In The Strange album. Her sound is crisp and enchanting, and her lyrics feel as though they were written in another universe.
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SOJØURN - Single Review: Stand Up
20 Aug 2020 // A review by Jason Peters
As with a lot of established and up and coming Kiwi artists, the pandemic that is Covid-19 has thrown a spanner in the works for recording, releases and live shows and SOJØURN have also been in the same boat. But here it is, the latest offering from these young Northland lads.
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Maciek Hrybowicz - Single Review: Mr Ponsonby
17 Aug 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
As far as introductions go, Poland-born composer and guitarist Maciek Hrybowicz has left quite the impression with this calling card. Mr Ponsonby is taken from his 2019 album AWA, a collection of pieces inspired by the beauty of his adopted home land New Zealand.
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Investigator - Single Review: Bad Luck Shoebox
17 Aug 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Classic rock vibes crossed with modern rock sound drives this new track from Investigator. Driven by Adrian Drew, Investigator has a sound that is clear and defined and Bad Luck Shoebox adds another track to an ever-growing catalogue that showcases his ideas and sounds that make up Investigator.
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Chris Bates - Single Review: Find A Way Feat. Jarna
15 Aug 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
Big ups to the multi-genre production team of EDY for this inventive, crisp and clear production take on contemporary RnB. They’ve already hit the sweet spot with rising star and recent university graduate Chris Bates, with Say The Word and have done it again on his latest single Find A Way, featuring Jarna.
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NEEKOH - Single Review: Falling
15 Aug 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
It’s a delightful rarity to have a Finnish pop idol move to New Zealand and re-boot what was once a burgeoning career in his home land. That’s the back story of NEEKOH, a Finland Pop Idol finalist in 2014, and Falling, his second New Zealand single from the soon to be released EP Dark Light.
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Biobird - Album Review: Riders
13 Aug 2020 // A review by Gareth Heta
Crisp production, organic drums, layered percussion and gritty, overdriven bass are hallmarks of Biobird's work: presented here for the first time in LP format, it’s a chance to draw together the specific vibe and tone (developed to great success on 2019’s Count to Ten EP) into a cohesive whole. Title track Riders opens with ominous swells before plunging into a dark, techy workout reminiscent of early-2000’s Drum & Bass staples such as Universal Project and Keaton; the second drop change-up bounces along on a half-time beat.
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Raw Collective - Single Review: Waiting for Sunrise
13 Aug 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
Raw Collective are the snowball of a ten-piece whose name gathers interest with each turn. The Wellington Hip-Hop collective spent the past few years bring their music to the world through headlining tours and festivals in New Zealand and overseas.
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Voodoo Bloo - Single Review: Her Name Was Human
13 Aug 2020 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Voodoo Bloo is the new music project of Rory McDonald. If his name sounds familiar it’ll be because he was the founder (vocals and bass) of now defunct alternative rock/punk Wellington band, Lucifer Gunne.
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Churlington - EP Review: ...Or That The Hummingbird Is So Seldom Seen
13 Aug 2020 // A review by Paul Goddard
Why?Why is music so important?
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Module - Album Review: Infinity Forever Part 1 – Time (The Studio Sessions)
12 Aug 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
For a time, it appeared Jeramiah Ross might have put Module into permanent hibernation after the release of his last official album Imagineering in 2013. The arrival of the first instalment in the Infinity Forever trilogy puts paid to that theory in no uncertain terms.
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Biobird - EP Review: Count to Ten
10 Aug 2020 // A review by Gareth Heta
Biobird has been quietly amassing a solid body of work and growing recognition amongst the New Zealand bass music community, sliding between low and high BPM subgenres with ease. The 2019 EP release Count to Ten leans toward 170+ but retains enough Trap/Dubstep elements to distinguish itself from your usual release.
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Festival Review: Good Vibes @ Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland - 7/08/2020
09 Aug 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
On Friday the 7th of August, Good Vibes, Pato Entertainment and Mai FM presented to us the best line-up our Auckland Winter has seen to date! The Good Vibes Winter Festival is here; brought to us on a chilly Winter's night with no delay in action.
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Antipodeans - Single Review: Lights Out
09 Aug 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
In the not so distant past, a Kiwi – Sam Shirley - and a mate from across the ditch – Paul Hutton - teamed up to form Antipodeans and were last heard of signing off in Singapore. At first, I thought they had finally resurfaced but it turns out these Antipodeans, are both Kiwis – Dave Hodgson and Guy McIndoe - who played together in Palmerston North’s infamous Noddy On The Cross (props to the brashly delightful F@ck Off Rugbyhead), but now live on either side of the world.
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Gareth Thomas - Single Review: My Dog
09 Aug 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
Gareth Thomas has always had a knack with words and a persuasive way of weaving them into appealingly off-kilter pop songs. Think back to the days of Goodshirt and the delicately spun and woozy Sophie, and Fazerdaze's churning guitar epic Misread or the gentle rush of The Google Song from his 2010 debut solo album Lady Alien.
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Swerve City - Single/Video Review: Dangerous
08 Aug 2020 // A review by Kris Raven
My first initial thoughts after hearing & viewing the debut single by alternative rock collective Swerve City was how lead vocalist JP Carroll (Arrays, ex-Armed in Advance) has further elevated his frontman persona and status in a relatively new (2019) band full of strong and diverse musicians. His vocal approach particularly in the chorus I found was a big take away from previous known material and he is singing a little out of his comfort zone which is very cool to hear (and see).
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Grant Duncan - Album Review: Contemplate
07 Aug 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser
Grant Duncan is a well-seasoned singer-songwriter based in Auckland, New Zealand, who’s just released his new 12 song album, Contemplate. The album is available on Duncan’s Bandcamp page as is the modern way of doing things.
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Will McClean - Album Review: Can't Sleep I'm Dreaming
07 Aug 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
The new album from Will McClean takes a lot of well-produced beats and combines them with his flow and lyrics. It's a smooth ride most of the time as is demonstrated in the opening track Front Desk featuring JClean.
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Fornax Chemica - Album Review: Audio Vision
06 Aug 2020 // A review by Chris Chick
Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat, creating, producing, and performing an album is a massive undertaking in itself. I am always impressed by any musician who is able to accomplish this, no matter the genre or the instruments they play (the more the better I say) this is why longevity within the music industry is not to be ignored when embracing all aspects of artists you love, and those you find hard to love.
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Valkyrie - Single Review: Good Thing
06 Aug 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
Valkyrie is back with the catchy bop to end all catchy bops: Good Thing. This South Auckland based three piece produce famously groovy music that touches on elements of arena rock, pop and RnB.
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Laura-mae - Single Review: Rug of Numbers
06 Aug 2020 // A review by Madeleine Howard
Following the release of her debut single Betsy, Indie Pop Singer-Songwriter Laura-mae has returned with her second single Rug of Numbers. The Golden Bay native has competed in the famous Smokefree Rockquest and made it to the boot camp round of The New Zealand X Factor during its second season.
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EJ Barrett - Single Review: Paint Me A Picture
06 Aug 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
It didn’t take me long to warm to EJ Barrett and her sultry, husky vocals. The New Zealand musical artist based in New Plymouth has taken flight with the debut single Paint Me A Picture.
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Something Zesty - Single/Video Review: Pipz
05 Aug 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Something Zesty is a Whanganui based musical artist who captured my attention first by the bold claim that the latest offering is "an unmistakable dance-floor hit" and secondly by the vibrant and appropriately spaced out animated video which turned out to be the perfect accompaniment to his latest release; Pipz. The music video is the second animated adventure for two curious looking characters, Chambzy and Zestro, following on from Something Zesty’s first single Mad About It.
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Saurian - Album Review: Brooding
04 Aug 2020 // A review by Adrian Drew
Dunedin-based band Saurian have been playing live gigs for five years, so it is terrific to see them now release their debut album Brooding. With a mixture of older and more recent songs, Brooding is a true labour of love, with the band recording, producing and mastering it themselves.
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Impostor Syndrome - Single Review: The Shrink
04 Aug 2020 // A review by Peter-James Dries
Chameleons: Imposters of the reptile world. Imposter Syndrome: Chameleons of the music world.
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PRINS - EP Review: Magnetic
03 Aug 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
If 2019 was the year when BENEE ruled the New Zealand pop charts, then 2020 could well be the year of another emerging talent, PRINS. It’s would be a bit cute to add an -ess, as in PRINC-ess, but, nevertheless, the Christchurch based singer and songwriter has the style and substance to wear the mantle of dance pop princess and wear it well.
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Racing - Gig Review: Racing @ Whammy Bar, Auckland - 31/07/2020
02 Aug 2020 // A review by Lou Clement
Racing took to the stage on the penultimate date of their Flashback tour. The four-date stop off comes ahead of their highly-anticipated second album release.
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TheOpHilus - Single Review: My Little Rugrat
02 Aug 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Authentic and real; that’s the best way to describe the new track My Little Rugrat from TheOpHilus. True Hip-Hop has always been, in my mind, sampling and talking about how things are where you are right now.
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Konarucchi - EP Review: Stuck In Daydreams
31 Jul 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Konarucchi is a multi-genre solo artist and composer from Wainuiomata. He is talented at mixing and recording, and has many versatile skills he brings to the table.
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Geoff Ong - Gig Review: Geoff Ong @ Cassette Nine, Auckland - 24/07/2020
31 Jul 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
I said my bygones to the week behind me. The global climate is still heavy in the background of what we all miss doing and seeing.
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Summer Thieves - EP Review: Bandaids and Lipstick
30 Jul 2020 // A review by Jason Peters
Much like their contemporaries Six60, Summer Thieves started from humble beginnings in Dunedin many moons ago. Starting as a high school band of sorts, Jake and Johnny have been jamming together since the ripe age of 15.
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Danica Bryant - EP Review: Cider
30 Jul 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Napier’s young singer-songwriter Danica Bryant showcases powerful vocals on her debut 4 track EP, Cider. Currently based in Wellington, this is one lady who is not afraid to express herself through strong powerful lyrics and fierce emotion, and boy…does she have the lungs to pull it off.
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InDuna - Single Review: Black Man Running
30 Jul 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Black Man Running is the new single from InDuna. It is a personal illustration of InDuna's racial experiences both here in New Zealand and South Africa.
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Transistor - Single Review: Nothing New
30 Jul 2020 // A review by Paul Goddard
New single Nothing New from Wellington-based Transistor is a tricky, trippy, psychedelic aural beast. A snarly bastard of a song.
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Oscar LaDell - Album Review: Gone Away
29 Jul 2020 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Gone Away is the debut album of electric blues up and coming Dunedinite, Oscar LaDell. Despite his twenty one years of age, he’s a second generation bluesman and knows his way around a fretboard or two.
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Eli Moore - EP Review: Home Skillet
29 Jul 2020 // A review by Callum Wagstaff
In 2017 Eli Moore released his first full length album. Ship Life revolved around his experience as a cruise ship musician and referenced his appreciation of the harmonies and forms of jazz music within a classic pop context.
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A Straw Assembly - Album Review: A Little More Life
28 Jul 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser
Right the get go this isn’t an album for the musically faint-hearted. The opening song A Saint Is Divided builds gently and beautifully into a maelstrom.
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Ben Hazlewood - Album Review: Bloodline
27 Jul 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
Ben Hazlewood is a songwriter for those big moments that we all encounter when we fall in and out of love. For all the potential for joy, intimacy, belonging and fulfilment, when things fall apart there’s also the potential for deception, heartbreak, bewilderment and sadness.
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Nadia Reid - Gig Review: Nadia Reid @ Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru - 24/07/2020
25 Jul 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser
Flora Knight is first up, beginning with saying "Hi, I'm not Nadia". Her solo set on fiddle and singing begins with an Appalachian mountain tune about Bow weevils destroying crops, it’s a classic piece of mountain music, and a great way to open her set.
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Reignmaker - EP Review: Demos from Uranus
23 Jul 2020 // A review by Jamie Denton
Reignmaker, who identify themselves as a "brutal aliencore duo … from the Swamp and from the Hutt", have just released their first two-track EP, entitled Demos from Uranus. With a total run time of just 3-minutes, the EP blasts out of the gate and past the listener as a lightning-bolt of uncontrollable, frenetic, schizophrenic energy.
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Farandicus - Single Review: CSM
23 Jul 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
Farandicus is a six-piece from Northland. Their rich harmonies and complex instrumental arrangements allow for an impressive discography of engaging releases.
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Repairs - Single Review: Pop Song
21 Jul 2020 // A review by Harry Platt
Pop music may be an often maligned art form, but it’s creative ideal is something that to many, holds unattainable allure. It’s this captivation that Tamaki Makaurau post-punk 3-piece Repairs’ channel into their off-kilter new single Pop Song.
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East of Queen - Single Review: Crickets
19 Jul 2020 // A review by Madeleine Howard
East of Queen is Katherine Parsons, an indie-pop singer-songwriter based in Auckland. She launched her dreamy second single Crickets on the 10th of July.
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Steve Hutchinson - Single Review: pfmcfnc
16 Jul 2020 // A review by Steve Shyu
Residing in Nelson, Steve Hutchinson creates rock and heavy metal music as a means of expressing himself, and to leave a mark on Aotearoa’s music scene. Though disabled, this has not deterred Steve from venturing forth and making some noise on guitar.
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Vajra God - EP Review: Linkages
16 Jul 2020 // A review by James Castady-Kristament
Vajra God as far as I can make out is the alter ego and sexual side of David Patterson aka Esoligh. This EP is about sex and the songs are sexually explicit.
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Infinity - Album Review: Icy Blue Planet
16 Jul 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
Infinity suggests the probability of all possibilities and the possibility of all probabilities. It's an apt name for this Hawke's Bay duo - multi instrumentalist Pateriki Hura and drummer Cameron Budge - who have now shown on two albums that their musical sweep is broad and astonishingly expansive for a duo.
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Iveta & Simone - Single Review: I'm Only Focused On You
15 Jul 2020 // A review by Chris Chick
Intense and full of bravado, as soon as the first piano chord hammered over my speakers, I jumped to attention like a well drilled private awaiting his first taste of action. Without any hesitation this private felt the need to start running towards the battle with no second thought for my own safety, willed on by the heavy baseline that accompanies the just as strong willed lyrical content.
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Yasamin - Single Review: Baghdad Boy
15 Jul 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Singer/songwriter, activist and former scientist Yasamin has just released the latest single from her upcoming album. Baghdad Boy is the second release from her anticipated album Songs Over Baghdad.
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Oakley Grenell - Single Review: Chimbambaira (OG Remix)
14 Jul 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Melbourne-based Cantabrian producer Oakley Grenell has ignited the Shottaz’ (Zimbabwe born artists Max and Hlats) new release Chimbambaira, which also features Nutty O. From the 2019 EP afro dancehall project Chimbambaira Reloaded sees the dynamic Shottaz team pair-up with various artists, DJs and producers to make way for some glorious remixes and riddims, including this steaming track with Oakley Grenell.
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Rei - Album Review: Hoea
14 Jul 2020 // A review by Steve Shyu
Over the past five years, Rei has worked his way to become arguably Wellington’s new king of Hip-Hop, on top of which he is also one of many in the rising tide of Rap artists writing in both English and Te Reo. Ever since I saw Rei open for Sons of Zion at The Powerstation two years ago, my interests have piqued further every time his name is mentioned on air or shows up billed on a music event.
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Fear Not Want - Album Review: Return To The Source
14 Jul 2020 // A review by Gareth Heta
Fear Not Want (stylised as FnW) is off to a strong start, with this LP dropping hot on the heels of debut release The Waiting last month. While that was an entirely ambient affair, Return To The Source finds Jeremy Graham (aka J Plates) exploring new terrain in the form of classic House music, mixed in with some downtempo and ambient bits.
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Chris Lake - EP Review: Explore
13 Jul 2020 // A review by jacquiew
Christchurch singer-songwriter Chris Lake establishes a pleasurable groove from the outset on his EP Explore. As the title suggests, Lake explores the many moods and twists and turns of love, but never in a self-indulgent way.
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Steffany Beck - Single Review: I Have A Dream
13 Jul 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
The new track I Have a Dream from Steffany Beck is a wonderfully uplifting song that feels authentic and honest. The mix and overall sound of the track allow for the recording to feel natural and heart-warming.
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Lee Mvtthews - Single Review: Turning Back
13 Jul 2020 // A review by Gareth Heta
Lee Mvtthews are one of the biggest names among a new breed of NZ Drum & Bass producers making a mark on the global stage. Fresh off a big 2019 which saw the release of their debut LP Bones, a slew of awards at the Georgies as well regular appearances on club and festival line-ups, their latest single is a perfect distillation of their powerful, upbeat sound.
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Lauren Gin - EP Review: Supernova
13 Jul 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
The EP Supernova from Lauren Gin is subtle and done so elegantly. The opening track Need To Know showcases a more thoughtful and relaxed, almost conversational like vocal that bucks the trend for the big vocal you would typically expect from a track like this.
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Phil and Lana Doublet - Album Review: Play Nice
12 Jul 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser
Multi award winning Christchurch based musicians Phil and Lana Doublet have teamed up to write, record, and release the stunning album Play Nice. The pair wrote all but one of the songs on the album.
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Mini Simmons - Single Review: Travelling Show
12 Jul 2020 // A review by Chris Chick
With a skip in my step, bounding my way through Trafalgar Square making my way to the center of the world as I knew it, London Town, this brand new single by Mini Simmons is, as they say in London, ruddy bloody good. I love songs that take me back to bygone days of freedom and an ignorance that only a young 20 year old called entangle into his swagger.
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Coridian - Gig Review: Coridian with Outside In and Hospital Sports @ Ding Dong Lounge, Auckland - 11/07/2020
12 Jul 2020 // A review by Kev Rowland
Tonight’s gig was a series of firsts for me; it was my first visit to the Ding Dong Lounge, my first gig of the year, the first time I had seen any of these bands play live, and my first ever gig review for Muzic.net.
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The Beths - Gig Review: The Beths @ The Powerstation, Auckland - 11/07/2020
12 Jul 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
The Beths truly showcased why they are so beloved by so many people. The way Elizabeth Stokes and her band, made up of Jonathan Pearce, Benjamin Sinclair and Tristan Deck, commanded the stage so effortlessly was refreshing.
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Internet Death - Album Review: Not Your Dog!
09 Jul 2020 // A review by Callum Wagstaff
Mild mannered billionaire journalist (citation needed) 17-year-old Christchurch musician by day, Finlay Anderson dons the Internet Death undies by night to slap us in the ass-face with the cyber hardcore anti-hero anarchist justice of Not Your Dog!Christchurch in 2020 is a Petri dish of physical isolation and the chaos of the entire world being beamed directly into the brains of the population potentially 24/7.
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theajsound - Single Review: Promise
08 Jul 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Auckland based singer-songwriter Theajsound has just released his latest track Promise, a sentimental love song which he describes as an "ode to the beginning of a budding love". Gaining popularity on YouTube with his cover hits, he quickly rose to social media fame when he had 11 million views around the world on his cover with Shirley Setia.
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Boy Virgo - Single Review: Lock Me Up
08 Jul 2020 // A review by Jamie Denton
Palmerston North-based Boy Virgo — the pseudonym of singer, songwriter, producer, and pianist Michael Dermer — is a relative newcomer to the New Zealand music scene. Having started releasing his music via Soundcloud in 2018, he released his official debut single to wider platforms in 2019.
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Bulletbelt - Album Review: Warlords
07 Jul 2020 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Since 2009 Bulletbelt have been annihilating the eardrums of metal heads across New Zealand. In the eleven years since their emergence, they’ve seen and done a lot including international touring, band line-up changes and three solid albums including three EP’s and three singles.
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Gramsci - Album Review: Inheritance
06 Jul 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
Paul McLaney has, metaphorically speaking, found his voice again. After a series of largely conceptual electronic albums as The Impending Adorations, he has rebooted Gramsci, the songwriting alias that has lain dormant since the release of Like Stray Voltage in 2005.
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L.A.B. - Gig Review: L.A.B. @ Spark Arena, Auckland - 3/07/2020
05 Jul 2020 // A review by Jason Peters
First off, congrats to L.A.
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PolarisRadio - Album Review: Deadline
03 Jul 2020 // A review by Steve Shyu
Dean Moroney, under his stage name PolarisRadio, is on track to becoming Aotearoa’s finest retro-synth music producer. Over the past six years, from his home-base in the Hawke’s Bay, he has released numerous one-off singles and full-length releases, including Virtual Paradise.
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Screw Jack - EP Review: Back in the Saddle
02 Jul 2020 // A review by Callum Wagstaff
Screw-Jack is a musical duo separated by the cook straight and brought together by the wonders of modern technology. The inciting incident that brought Matt Schobs and Mark Tupuhi together happened back in 2007 and somewhere along the way the post-pop electro freakbeat sounds of Screw-Jack were conceived.
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Compilation Review: Home Alone: Winter 2020
02 Jul 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
Wellington boutique label Home Alone has developed an exceptional roster of artists since it announced itself to the world in 2006. And while the creative backbone of the label has always been the triumvirate of Timothy Blackman, who actually launched the label in Dunedin with his debut EP, Lake South and French For Rabbits' Brooke Singer, it has expanded its repertoire and reach with such as internationalists Helena Massey and Shenondoah Davis.
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Truth - EP Review: Without You
02 Jul 2020 // A review by Gareth Heta
Truth, predominantly known for their prolific output in the Dubstep scene via their own Deep, Dark & Dangerous label, now turn their attention to 170BPM on the stellar EP Without You. This is a substantial EP utilising classic Drum & Bass motifs, it retains enough of a connection to the vibe of deep Dubstep as to not alienate fans of previous works, while still crafting something truly unique.
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Sola Rosa - Single Review: For The Mighty Dollar Feat. Kevin Mark Trail
01 Jul 2020 // A review by Jason Peters
Sola Rosa aka Andrew Spraggon is in a unique position in his career to be able to collaborate with some of the planet's best musicians, and on the second single from the forthcoming album Chasing The Sun he has hit the musical jackpot. The track kicks off with horns, sparse funk guitar and classic strings before kicking into the cool and catchy chorus.
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Sebo - Single Review: Good Vibes
01 Jul 2020 // A review by Kerry Kingi
Upcoming Christchurch artist Sebo has recently released a brand-new single entitled Good Vibes. This track has a modern Hip-Hop style to it.
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Madeleine Howard - Single Review: Missing Pieces
30 Jun 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
From a young age Madeleine Howard was inspired by female New Zealand artists. Brooke Fraser, Anika Moa and Lorde resonated with her.
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Zero Plussed - EP Review: I'll Stay For One More Song And Then It's Bedtime
30 Jun 2020 // A review by Adrian Drew
Zero Plussed's I'll Stay For One More Song And Then It's Bedtime is the first EP from newly created Aotearoa DIY electronic label, Acoldplace. Arguably one of NZ's best outdoor festivals was The Gathering, where you could wander aimlessly around a forest in the dark and stumble upon a clearing of fellow Gatherers.
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Alae - Single Review: Lucy
29 Jun 2020 // A review by Madeleine Howard
Following on from the success of their previous single Summer Thing, Indie Pop four piece Alae are back with Lucy, an infectious, groove-tinged pop tune that’s sure to get listeners through the dreary winter.Lucy is the work of vocalist Alex Farrell-Davey and Dunedin musician Max Gunn (formerly of The Shambles) The pair met at an Auckland Song Hubs session in 2019.
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And$um - Album Review: Volume 1
26 Jun 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
And$um's album entitled Volume 1 is a trip through a whole range of ideas and concepts.Armed with an idea, a sound and a vision, And$um takes ownership of his sound and runs with it.
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Sit Down In Front - Album Review: Confessions of a Pie Thief
26 Jun 2020 // A review by Paul Goddard
Punk music means different things to different people. Over the years like most genres it has morphed, been watered down, kicked about and spat out.
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Hummucide - Single Review: Reacher
25 Jun 2020 // A review by Chris Chick
Picture a wonderfully blissful day, slow wanderings around the park as it blooms fully into the start of a new creation, beckoning good will and tidings to all that seek it. With that picture in mind, now listen to the new single from Hummucide Reacher and transcend the only way possible from the vibe that jazz music can only touch.
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Ekko Park - Single Review: All On Eyes On Me
24 Jun 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Wow! Hit repeat.
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Something Zesty - Single Review: Mad About It
24 Jun 2020 // A review by Callum Wagstaff
'All Zest, No Stress' is the catchphrase for Whanganui-based one-man cartoon band Something Zesty. If it were on a cereal box it would be the bit written in a big spiked speech balloon.
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Repairs - Single Review: Cut To The Chase
23 Jun 2020 // A review by Paul Goddard
You know that feeling you get when you discover something you weren’t expecting? Not in a bad way, fuck that - we have all discovered too much badness lately.
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Sola Rosa - Single Review: Searching For Love Feat. Kiko Bun
23 Jun 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
If you love music, Sola Rosa is a Kiwi band that you really should know about. The founder of this powerhouse is Andrew Spraggon; the man behind the band’s "near 20-year labour of love".
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Roonie - Single Review: My Heart
22 Jun 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
Taupo born Michaela Pointon started songwriting when she was 12, and released her debut EP Human Nature in her final year of high school. In 2019 the young artist adopted the moniker Roonie, and chased her musical dreams to Auckland.
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Dream State Empire - EP Review: Why Fight It
22 Jun 2020 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Hailing from our cool little capital, Dream State Empire is a five-piece high energy kind of noise you wish you heard about yesterday. The five Wellingtonians have been kicking about since 2018 and have just released their stunning debut EP, Why Fight It.
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Kevin Posey - Album Review: Breathe
19 Jun 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
US-born producer, rapper, and singer-songwriter Kevin Posey has just released his latest album Breathe. Posey is an international artist who has recently been thriving in the Aotearoa music scene.
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Alan Brown - Album Review: Wind And Wire
18 Jun 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Alan Brown’s name is entrenched in the New Zealand Jazz scene as not only an established Jazz keyboardist, but also from his highly successful Jazz-funk band in the 1990’s, Blue Train. While reputed for his keyboard and Hammond organ skills his recent work, following on from his past solo creations is titled Wind And Wire, an instrumental, atmospheric electronica based album offering up a brooding sonic soundscape.
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Sean Bodley - Single Review: Sunday Drive
17 Jun 2020 // A review by Brendan McCarthy
In the world of lead guitar and instrumental offerings, Sean Bodley needs no introduction. Over the last 10 years, Sean has established a catalogue of six albums that display his dedication to the Guitar as an instrument of creation and clearly highlight his talent; therefore, one could correctly state that his latest single Sunday Drive is not his first rodeo.
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For The Wolves - Single Review: The Devil You Know
17 Jun 2020 // A review by Paul Goddard
This was just what I needed today. Pandemic lockdown here in the UK has me climbing the walls and wanting to quite frankly rip someone's head off.
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Sunny Ray - Album Review: Sentient Compass
16 Jun 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
The transformation in Sunny Ray has always seemed inevitable since she made her debut in 2010 with the delightfully visionary EP Mindlessness. Here was a voice that spoke to us of the journey of the soul and the process of its awakening.
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Mojo Crow - EP Review: The Badlands
15 Jun 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser
Auckland’s Mojo Crow have been around since 2012 in one form or another, and have just released their brand new EP, The Badlands. Right from the start of the opening track, High Plains Drifter, Mojo Crew’s up tempo country sound is to the fore.
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Matt Bizzle - Single Review: Ride
15 Jun 2020 // A review by Jamie Denton
Auckland based musician/DJ/producer/saxophonist, Matt Bizzle has been active within the New Zealand music scene for many years (including stints with Cornerstone Roots, Strangely Arousing and Jupiter Project among others) before more recently branching out on his own. Through 2018 and 2019, Matt Bizzle has released a number of singles culminating in the most recent release Ride, which also features Emily Rice (Aro).
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Torn Chorus - Single Review: Brave New World
14 Jun 2020 // A review by Peter-James Dries
Lockdown was a true test of one’s fight-or-flight instinct, a show of one’s character. For some, it was an artist’s paradise.
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Voodoo Bloo - Single Review: MMA
11 Jun 2020 // A review by Steve Shyu
With lockdown officially over, here comes the time to see live some of the music that’s been recorded or released while Aotearoa has been in isolation. Out of the now indefinitely-shelved Wellington band Lucifer Gunne comes Voodoo Bloo, the new project of the musical mastermind Rory McDonald.
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Whaea Stylz - Single Review: North Star
11 Jun 2020 // A review by Chris Chick
Whenever anyone makes the plunge into Reggae style music, you just know you are in for a treat, and there is no difference here with Whaea Stylz latest single North Star; an infused reggae beat that is guaranteed to get you moving even those muscles you never knew existed. I was really drawn in by the range of instruments, especially the piano, I thought its use really added to the song.
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Kevin Posey - Single Review: Your Shine Feat. Mazbou Q & Kirsten
11 Jun 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Kevin Posey is an international artist and native from Oklahoma, USA. Posey is a music producer, publisher and songwriter that has also graduated from an associates degree in Music Production from the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma.
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Fear Not Want - Album Review: The Waiting
11 Jun 2020 // A review by Gareth Heta
Fear Not Want is a new project from Jeremy Graham aka J Plates, an electronic producer most well-known for his Drum & Bass output but who also dabbles in styles as diverse as House, Downtempo, and now Ambient. This carefully assembled collection boasts compelling arrangements that provide for an introspective journey and reveal a musician capable of bringing genuine warmth using a digital palette.
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Riqi Harawira - Single Review: Ruapekapeka
11 Jun 2020 // A review by Jason Peters
Back in another life (during the 90's), Riqi Harawira used to let my bandmate and I crash at his pad on Fort Street in Auckland whenever we were on tour. He was a good dude, played lead guitar for Dead Flowers and both our bands were on the same label (Wildside).
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Darryl Baser - EP Review: #SecondSelfie
11 Jun 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
The room sound really comes through in the opening track of the new EP, #SecondSelfie, from Darryl Baser. It brings a real sense of honesty to recordings.
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Banks Arcade - EP Review: Fever Dreams
10 Jun 2020 // A review by Kris Raven
NZ/Aussie 5-piece Banks Arcade recently released their game changing second EP and follow up to their debut EP, 2018’s Endnote. A lot has changed for the band in three years, members have come and gone, a move across the ditch and an incredible evolution in their sound and focus.
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Jadukor - Single Review: Always Yours
09 Jun 2020 // A review by JP Carroll
Jadukor describes himself as "A mysterious magician who is pulling music out of his hat". Working the angle of intrigue can often pay dividends, and this solo artist is attracting plenty of attention with his particular brand of swaggering, alternative rock metal.
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Monty Willers - Single Review: Play No More
07 Jun 2020 // A review by Kerry Kingi
Here's the latest tune by upcoming Hip-Hop/RnB artist Monty Willers - Play No More.The song starts off with some lush guitar strings on the intro, which kind of reminds me of Fade to Black by Metallica.
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Valere - Single Review: Like That
05 Jun 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Singer songwriter Shana Llorando, AKA Valere, has just released her latest single Like That. She brings blossom to our generation of music with her diversity and versatility of sound.
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Marshmellow - Album Review: Secrets of the Universe
04 Jun 2020 // A review by Callum Wagstaff
From a world of bottomless resilience and optimism comes Marshmellow's Secrets of the Universe. A Eurovision wet dream forged in environmental hope and poverty-stricken despair with a solid gold, true-love center.
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Channeled - Single Review: Isolation
04 Jun 2020 // A review by Steve Shyu
Just by reading the title you’d be forgiven for thinking this is “just another song about being in lockdown”. Before you dismiss this outright, you’d be relieved to know the songwriter actually composed this years before Covid-19, and in his own words, it’s about "running away from being locked inside your head and turning away from the person you once were".
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J Plates - Single Review: A Cut Above / Strength To Strength
04 Jun 2020 // A review by Gareth Heta
J Plates comes correct with another nostalgia-infused slice of timeless Drum and Bass, for the debut release on his very own imprint. Originally appearing in 2014 on now-defunct Sonata Recordings, these two singles have been remastered and sound absolutely massive, sitting firmly in the wheelhouse of atmospheric, low-BPM DnB pioneered by the likes of LTJ Bukem.
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Theia - EP Review: 99% Angel
03 Jun 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Theia is a vibrant songwriter, independent NZ musician and artist who has been releasing music since 2015, when her RnB-fused track Silver Second, produced by Alex Hope, first set foot on the scene. Her stellar debut, self-titled EP was released in 2017 with fervour, sweeping support by number.
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Bridges - Single Review: Weightless Without
03 Jun 2020 // A review by Erica McQueen
Bridges is the indie-pop project of Christchurch-born Rachel Hamilton. Upon moving to Auckland to study music, she diversified her sound and branched out from the acoustic style she performed as a teenager.
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Ignatia : Rising - Single Review: You Found Me Too
03 Jun 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
The retooled Ignatia : Rising continue to surprise with their latest release - a quiet stunner, which is perhaps a reflection of these times when we have all been forced to look deep within ourselves. After three singles that made it almost impossible to pigeon-hole their style or swagger, You Found Me Too is an acoustic ballad "an ode to unconditional love".
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Ten24 - Single Review: Blissful Affliction
01 Jun 2020 // A review by Steve Shyu
One of the newest and most brilliant acts to come out of Wellington recently is Ten24, the alternative rock four-piece that took out the Smokefree Rockquest People’s Choice Award of 2019. Steadily gaining traction and attention from throughout the capital, the band have recorded and released their very first single, entitled Blissful Affliction.
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Michael Ferriss and Hedley Marks - Album Review: Interlude In The House Of Life
01 Jun 2020 // A review by Peter-James Dries
When released, Ghosts I – IV was one of the more obscure Nine Inch Nails releases in an expansive discography. Instrumental and cinematic, lacking the abrasive angst and grit of all that came before, it felt out of step compared to their previous releases.
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Big Scout - Single Review: Flung
30 May 2020 // A review by Callum Wagstaff
At times dizzying and sometimes catastrophically frenetic, Flung descends into chaos.Flung is the first of four singles set for release over the coming months from Blenheim's guitar bashing wastrels Big Scout.
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Marina Bloom and Moving Stuff - Single Review: Let's Pretend
29 May 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
Russian singer-songwriter Marina Bloom has embraced lockdown as a time of creativity and expression through releasing a series of singles entitled Songs of Isolation. Ordinarily influenced by the likes of Celine Dion and Fleetwood Mac, her latest single Let’s Pretend is a grungier offering than her listeners may have expected.
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Grace - Single Review: Echo Thoughts
29 May 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Young bedroom music producer from Auckland, Grace has just released the first track from her EP Music From The Cupboard. Echo Thoughts is a captivating track of ethereal vocals enveloped in a luscious techno beat.
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Venice Qin - EP Review: Dreamboy
29 May 2020 // A review by Trevor Faville
Venice Qin is an Auckland based singer and Songwriter. Dreamboy is a four-song collection and is her first release.
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The Roulettes - EP Review: Rocket To You
29 May 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser
The Rocket To You EP is dedicated to Dunedin musician Andrew Brough (Straitjacket Fits, Bike) who passed away at his Dunedin home in February this year. Two members of this three-piece have close ties with Andrew Brough, Justin McLean is Andrew’s stepbrother, and Ben Grant was (along with Justin) played in the band Funhouse, for whom Andrew was a mentor.
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She Loves You - Single Review: Devout
28 May 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Devout is the latest single from She Loves You, a 4-piece Auckland-based fast-talking all-action girl group.The track starts off quietly but quickly builds in a dance-rock song in the chorus.
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Found Family - Single Review: Alive
27 May 2020 // A review by Chris Chick
Again, New Zealand music goes and surprises me, and in a good way. It reminds me of my trip to a well-known hot pool resort in the South Island; I arrived there with my little buddy that I mentor and saw the price of entrance.
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Hannah in the Wars - Single Review: Animal
27 May 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
New Zealand alternative post-punk inspired (Or lovelorn vet nurse shadow-pop) songwriter Hannah Curwood from Hannah In The Wars has just released a new single Animal. A unique and totally enjoyable song, which is as bizarre as it is loveable.
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Andy Snadden - Album Review: The River
27 May 2020 // A review by Brendan McCarthy
The River is the debut album by Japan-based Kiwi singer/songwriter Andy Snadden. Displaying clear influences from some of the greats, one can instantly hear many hours of devotion to the likes of Lennon, McCartney, Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel have gone into the development of Andy's music.
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Laura-mae - Single Review: Betsy
26 May 2020 // A review by Erica McQueen
Laura-mae is an indie-pop singer-songwriter from Golden Bay. Betsy is her first release.
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Ryan Fisherman - Album Review: Vibe
26 May 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Christchurch musician and singer-writer Ryan Chin, goes under the name of Ryan Fisherman. He has just released his first album Vibe.
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Known Associates - Album Review: Ride the Wave
26 May 2020 // A review by Callum Wagstaff
Known Associates have had a successful 2019 opening for big acts like Living Colour, The Feelers and The Jordan Luck Band. Ride the Wave is their second full length outing, following Penny Love and the Rebound EP.
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Buda - EP Review: Days of Colour
25 May 2020 // A review by Tom Ashman
The latest EP release from Dunedin’s Buda is an orgy of space rock pandemonium that sounds as if it could have come straight from 1974. The EP Days of Colour draws inspiration from the likes of Hawkwind, David Bowie, T-rex and early ‘Quo all through the modern filter of Buda’s own unique and spellbinding sound.
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MEDaL - Album Review: Replica
25 May 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser
When it comes to bands having quality pedigree, Lyttelton based MEDaL are the equivalent of a top quality show cat. Dave Mulcahy (JPSE, Superette), with Mark Whyte and John Billows who have been in bands like Into The Void and The Renderers, among others.
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Sofia Machray - Single Review: Handstands
25 May 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
“Indie-pop fantasizer” Sofia Machray is stirring up the music scene with her debut single Handstands. Having made a name for herself performing at festivals and opening for indie-rock band Racing, it’s exciting to see her step into the studio.
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Lorenzo Hazelwood - Single Review: Pharos
21 May 2020 // A review by Steve Shyu
Having performed lead vocal duties with Auckland hard rock band Close to the Bone, Lorenzo Hazelwood has added another entry to his musical repertoire by going solo. Known for his guitar playing, bold vocal range, and an uncanny resemblance to Incubus’s Brandon Boyd, Lorenzo beavered away at this home studio, recording all parts himself.
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Superturtle - Single Review: WTFRU
21 May 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser
WTFRU, or, Who The Fuck Are You is the new single by Superturtle. It’s not often that the scant information in a release about a band’s single is so spot on.
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Mazbou Q - EP Review: Afroternity
20 May 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
The debut EP from Mazbou Q is a powerful statement. Not only musically in the world of the now trap dominated rap and hip-hop scene, but also through the lyrical ideas that make up the 6-tracks of Afroternity.
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Mudbelly - Album Review: MudBelly
20 May 2020 // A review by Tony McDonald
I'm glad we are on lockdown, as its time to really put my speakers to the test and turn them up loud (but not too loud, my health & safety hat is on).MudBelly (what a great name) are fairly new, but this debut album will ensure that they are going to be well-known from now on!
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Madeleine Howard - Single Review: No More
18 May 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Christchurch based singer-songwriter Madeleine Howard, has just released her catchy new single No More, The first off the ranks of consecutive single releases as she prepares to launch her debut EP, Just Reaching Out. Originally from the Hawke’s Bay, Madeleine went on to study at the University Of Otago Contemporary Performance Programme for four years, developing a characteristic Kiwi sound which shines through strongly on this single.
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Outside In - Album Review: Karmatrain
17 May 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
The debut release from Outside In is incredible, and it's currently up there as of the greatest debuts from a New Zealand band. Ok, let me explain.
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The Nighthawk Experience - Album Review: Current Lies
14 May 2020 // A review by Tom Ashman
The Nighthawk Experience’s latest EP Current Lies is a 5-track roundhouse kick of alt-rock mayhem. The EP and accompanying animated material is the latest output from Auckland multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter Scott McDonald-Bull.
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Primacy - Album Review: Seeds of Change
14 May 2020 // A review by Steve Shyu
Auckland’s groove/alternative-metal quintet Primacy are primed for great things. Consisting of vocalist Rhys, bass player Sid, drummer Will and axe-wielding duo Jared and Adrian, their debut EP Failure & Sacrifice peaked at Number 13 on the Official New Zealand Album Charts.
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Justin Sane - Single/Video Review: It’s Not Over with Huz
14 May 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
NZ electronic dance duo from Auckland, Justin Sane & Huz have recently released their brand new single It’s Not Over accompanied by a high energy bittersweet music video which is like an accelerated timeline of C-19 NZ Lockdown 2020. Justin Sane has been around for a few years, a DJ from the UK; he immigrated to New Zealand in 2001 and exploded into the public eye in 2003 by being identified as one of the hottest young properties within the NZ hardhouse scene.
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Goodspace - Album Review: Under the Loquat Tree
14 May 2020 // A review by Callum Wagstaff
Goodspace started life in 2017 as a more grunge influenced band called Restless Electric before refining their line-up and reconvening their efforts in a more lo-fi indie Britpop capacity. In 2019 they emerged as Goodspace, dedicated to helping listeners feel present and providing a more connected experience; "from our goodspace to yours".
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Darryl Baser - Single Review: Wood, I’ve Found You A Seeker
14 May 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Dunedin based musician and purveyor of the Dunedin Sound and indie folk genres Darryl Baser, has just released the first single from his up and coming sophomore album Second Selfie. Wood, I’ve Found You A Seeker is an unusually named release based on a “bunch of experiences”.
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Lost Tribe Aotearoa - Album Review: Lost Tribe Aotearoa
14 May 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Lost Tribe Aotearoa are a group of musicians bubbling from various spots in the North Island, having formed in Raglan in December 2017. Their debut single Irie won the 2018 Mai FM Big Break competition and made the NZ music charts at #8.
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Phil Stoodley - Single Review: Undercover
13 May 2020 // A review by Chris Chick
I was pleasantly surprised when I was reminded that I also reviewed Phil Stoodley's work 7 years ago. This was like a coming of age moment and having recently returned to the duties of music reviewing, I thoroughly enjoyed the nostalgia of that memory.
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Repairs - Single Review: Last Chances
13 May 2020 // A review by Callum Wagstaff
Repairs are kind of like the band next door. I get the same bro-hang vibes from their mission statement as I did watching Sex Bob-omb rehearse in the movie Scott Pilgrim vs the World.
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Coridian - EP Review: Eldur
13 May 2020 // A review by Jamie Denton
Auckland-based four-piece alternative rock band Coridian are a name that is, or should be, familiar to many within the New Zealand music scene. Having released two previous EP’s, Coridian are one of the hardest working bands in the country right now.
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Imperial April - Single Review: Peachy
13 May 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
While Imperial April’s debut single was released this May, they are no strangers to the music scene. Victoria and Andy Knopp have worked on various projects over the years, including electro-pop band The Response and a handmade CD for Mother’s Day.
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J Plates - EP Review: Brain Drain
13 May 2020 // A review by Gareth Heta
NZ-born, UK-based producer J Plates surfaces for another killer EP following a brace of releases last November on Omni Music UK. This time around he lands on London label In-Reach Records with 5 cuts of old school Drum n Bass that will please fans of intelligent, rugged beats.
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Dharma Dan - EP Review: Sotapatti
12 May 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
On the latest release, Sotapatti, from Dharma Dan, the artist finds himself with a set of beats reminiscent of the early New York hip-hop scene. Over the top, Dharma Dan lays down cool, chilled and thoughtful lyrics; "Just a drop of h2o just trying to find its way home to the ocean".
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Bad Jones - EP Review: You Are All Animals
12 May 2020 // A review by Carl Hayman
During these uncertain and unique times, all the self-isolation days at home trawling old music videos and posting my favourite album every day on Facebook has had me reminiscing about better times when rock was still king, and people who played live instruments were admired. By better times, I mean the days when we all used to be allowed out, get dieseled up on JD’s and coke, and watch an epic live band rip life a new one, so Bad Jones brand new EP You Are All Animals was the antidote I’ve been looking for.
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Holly Afoa - EP Review: Sister
11 May 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Auckland based Neo-Soul singer/songwriter Holly Afoa has recently released her debut EP Sister. Five tracks of soulful, heartfelt music.
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Ralphe - Double Single Review: Never Enough & What You Want
11 May 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Auckland based musician and audio-engineer Ralph Engle has been busy over the lockdown period, collaborating on a couple of songs remotely. He's just released two singles from a "work in progress" EP entitled Souvenirs.
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Tim Allen - Album Review: The Last Bastion of A Lad
10 May 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser
‘Lad’ culture has its roots in Northern England, just like recently transplanted musician Tim Allen. The Last Bastion of A Lad is the sophomore album from now New Zealand resident Tim Allen, and he’s got some high-calibre Kiwi musicians on board.
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The Kendals - Single Review: Vines (Dear Will Remix)
08 May 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
The Kendals are a three-piece pop trio from Auckland. The band have been releasing music since their debut single Passion.
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Terrence & The Optimistics - EP Review: Groovy Baby
07 May 2020 // A review by Chris Chick
As an eternal optimist, the chance to review a band with that term implanted into their vibe was an easy decision. Some would say that this is a recipe for bias reviewing, I would rather see it as a an extra brownie point before I had even cracked open the computer salivating in anticipation for some retro nostalgic soul grooves of the 60’s and 70;s, not that I was there in person, only in spirit.
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Konarucchi - Single Review: They Follow
07 May 2020 // A review by Lexa.Dixon
Picture this: 7am on a Wednesday morning. I'm outside having a vape and checking out Facebook.
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Midnight Manor - Single Review: Save The World
04 May 2020 // A review by Steve Shyu
Auckland’s hard rock stalwarts Midnight Manor are venturing ardently through their music-making journey. Having released a single just last month to great praise, the band are carrying forward the momentum in preparation for the release of their second full-length album Mindful Games.
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Echo Children - Single Review: Flowerbeds
04 May 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
Echo Children are "a band of foreigners formed in the melting pot of Auckland". With members hailing from Scotland, Sweden, the UK and Canada the group pull influences from Springsteen, Ryan Adams and Fleetwood Mac.
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Channeled - Single Review: The Taste Of Blood
03 May 2020 // A review by JP Carroll
Channeled is a Kiwi rock act lead by talented guitarist/singer/songwriter Ben Ruegg. The Taste of Blood is the first single from Channeled’s second record, following up 2019’s self-titled debut.
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City of Souls - Album Review: Synaesthesia
30 Apr 2020 // A review by Kris Raven
Alright people, it’s here, it’s finally here!5 years in the making.
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Reb Fountain - Album Review: Reb Fountain
30 Apr 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
Reb Fountain’s latest release is more than an album: it’s a sonic experience. The songs are innovative and varied - there’s reason to give attention to every track.
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Demons of Noon - EP Review: The Summoning
30 Apr 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Doom rock, metal or whatever you want to call it has been a fascination of mine since hearing it on a Guitar Hero game a while ago as a young lad. There was something about that wall of sound guitar and bass sludge sound that was almost hypnotic.
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Kaela - Single Review: Happy To Know You
29 Apr 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Auckland based indie-pop artist Kaela, AKA Leah Navanua, is relatively fresh on the NZ musical scene, having only released her debut single Set Me Free in 2018, despite playing acoustic sets for a number of years. Her intimate new single Happy To Know You (HTKY), which is being released on May 1st, is a dreamy offering of lush harmonies.
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Tricks & Sleeves - Single Review: Raelene
28 Apr 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Auckland-based indie band Tricks & Sleeves have recently released their latest single Raelene. These lads have drawn various inspiration from other alternative/indie bands of the last couple of decades, as well inspiration from 70’s folk artists like Paul Simon and Neil Young.
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Swallow the Rat - Album Review: Leaving Room
28 Apr 2020 // A review by Callum Wagstaff
Swallow the Rat sound like if a tornado became sentient and could communicate that it just wants to shoot the shit and have a chat.Swallow the Rat formed in Auckland in 2017 when Texan guitarist Brian Purington moved to New Zealand and started jamming with Sam Vercoe.
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Chris Bates - Single Review: Focus
22 Apr 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Focus is a stunning track showcasing the combined efforts of Luan and Chris Bates. The production quality here from Luan is outstanding.
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General Vibe - EP Review: California Rocket Fuel
22 Apr 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
From the low-fi sound that kicks off with the opening track Secondhand, the jazzy elements are right there interwoven amongst beat and pulsing beat. And then, so subtly the vocals transition out of the low-fi realm into crystal clear, as does the rest of the band.
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Vox Venus - EP Review: Rise & Shine
20 Apr 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser
Rise & Shine is from the first phase of Vox Venus.The four song EP was recorded with Heather Bolton 's brother Geoff 'Paddy' Bolton on drums.
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Desbot - EP Review: Occult Tapes
20 Apr 2020 // A review by Callum Wagstaff
Desbot: One who sits at his computer all night trolling political forums for politically incorrect posts and spamming those posts with left-wing idiocy. - Urban Dictionary.
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Iveta & Simone - Single Review: Psycho Baby
20 Apr 2020 // A review by Callum Wagstaff
Iveta and Simone are a duo that cut their teeth singing covers all over the world. They describe their original material as new age, contemporary alternative rock.
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LA Thompson - Single Review: Don’t Take Me Back
19 Apr 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser
LA Thompson is a seasoned campaigner, with a solid history in the music industry and her newest single Don’t Take Me Back is another well-crafted song, which has been recorded and produced suitably. Her voice sits on top of a lush but sparse mix of rhythm and melodic guitars, electronic drums and subtle bass, and her vocal line begins after a couple of bars.
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Thousand Limbs - EP Review: Mara
19 Apr 2020 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Thousand Limbs is an Auckland instrumental Metal/Doom quartet that formed in 2016. Very quickly, you’ll find they take you on a journey without ever leaving the house, which is about as good as it gets in these trying times.
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Alders - Single Review: Lost In Your Colours
18 Apr 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Alders, the solo project of Mitch Alderlieste, has just released his latest single Lost In Your Colours. Mitch Alderlieste is an independent singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Wellington.
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Needless Cane - Album Review: The Red Masquerade
16 Apr 2020 // A review by Peter-James Dries
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Fan fiction.
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Parabola West - Single Review: New Moon
16 Apr 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Raglan based musical artist Parabola West is back with an enchanting new single New Moon. Given the state of the world at this time, the release of this track is perfect timing inspired by “the idea of a deep and ancient wisdom within each of us.
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These Four Walls - Album Review: This Is Not A Future
15 Apr 2020 // A review by Kris Raven
These Four Walls, a household name in NZ rock since the mid 2000's, the now Australian-based alt rock four piece are about to release their third album This Is Not A Future and the timing feels eerily perfect, an album name never seemed more real right now. Beginning with The Sound, the opening lyric "All my life I've lived this song" is a hauntingly introverted revelation that gives you an indication on where this album will take you.
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Papercity - Single Review: Feel
14 Apr 2020 // A review by Chris Chick
Feel is the second single from Papercity since their debut track Plastic and this one is a rasper. I came into this review on a very neutral playing field and as soon as the song started I was hooked.
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SkeletonCrew - Album Review: It's Better I Don't Know
13 Apr 2020 // A review by Tom Ashman
SkeletonCrew are a fairly new arrival on the NZ music scene but they’re already off to a flying start with their debut album It’s Better I Don’t Know released on the 10th of April. SkeletonCrew is a partnership between Felix Danilo and Nicole Obren, both from Northland.
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Coridian - Single Review: The Witness
13 Apr 2020 // A review by JP Carroll
Auckland four-piece Coridian have well and truly earned their stripes as one of NZ’s highest quality rock acts. With two records, multiple music videos, high profile tours and plenty of streams under their belts, The Witness proves to be yet another worthy addition to their catalogue.
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Investigator - Single Review: Lovers & Loners Feat. Barker
11 Apr 2020 // A review by Callum Wagstaff
Adrian Drew left his commercial radio career to make music as Investigator. Johnny Barker left New Zealand to get away from his reputation as Shortland Street's Ferndale Strangler.
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Apollo SteamTrain - Single Review: Nothing Stupid
10 Apr 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Starting an acoustic guitar and then adding texture through melodic lead guitar and powerful drums and bass, the new track from Apollo SteamTrain, Nothing Stupid, starts off strong and solid. And from there it only builds and gets stronger.
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Farandicus - Double Single Review: Shame On You / Throwaway Youth
10 Apr 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
Farandicus’ style is an amalgamation of the varied musical backgrounds of its members. Their latest dual release of Shame on You and Throwaway Youth will make you move.
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Midnight Manor - Single Review: Space Monkey
06 Apr 2020 // A review by Steve Shyu
Auckland quartet Midnight Manor have been kicking around the rock scene for nearly eight years. Sporting a healthy number of singles under their belts, plus a full-length album to boot, the band have not rested on laurels, and released a brand new sophomore LP, named Mindful Games.
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CampbellMack - Single Review: Second Self
04 Apr 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Singer songwriter CampbellMack, alias of Campbell MacKenzie, has just released his new single Second Self. As a guitar player himself from the age of six, also having released now six streamable singles with viably different influences, you can really hear the “thinking and feeling” aspect of musicianship in this song.
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Social Shun - Album Review: What Is Music
04 Apr 2020 // A review by Callum Wagstaff
What is music? It's kind of a rhetorical question.
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Cashek - Single Review: Ciel d’Amour (feat. Lorenzo Pradel)
02 Apr 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Floyd Pepper, aka Cashek, just released his latest single Ciel d’Amour featuring the smooth voice of Lorenzo Pradel. This is a 'post-summer', sensual track for those that enjoy electronic, RnB, soul, house, cinematic EDM and the like.
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DRXNES - Video Review: Zero
02 Apr 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Wow. This video is an incredible insight into the life of DRXNES.
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Antebellum - Album Review: Sovereignty
01 Apr 2020 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Antebellum are a three piece, metal infused rock band from Tauranga. This is their debut album, Sovereignty, and it’s clear they have a lot to say for a band with no vocalist (that we know of), but with no shortage of really cool riffs and insane talent.
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Foley - EP Review: On My Conscience
01 Apr 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
The infectiously fun Foley are back with the five track EP to keep you grooving through your isolation. On My Conscience offers insight into the buzzing minds of Ash Wallace and Gabriel Everett.
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Devilskin - Album Review: Red
01 Apr 2020 // A review by Kris Raven
On album number four, RED is both a warning and a statement and Devilskin are here to deliver it in their most diverse and creative outing yet. Four years have passed since the release of their 2016 award-winning second album Be Like The River and as they come off the back of heavy national and international touring; Devilskin, one of NZ’s most beloved Rock/Metal bands is about to release their highly anticipated album in amongst the chaos of 2020.
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Yumi Zouma - Album Review: Truth or Consequences
30 Mar 2020 // A review by Lou Clement
Yumi Zouma are a four-piece band who formed in New Zealand and have seen international success with their brand of dreamy beach pop – effortlessly upbeat and post-party feels. It’s music that I can always put on my playlist repeat loop.
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Junus Orca - EP Review: One Arm Pack
29 Mar 2020 // A review by Jamie Denton
Junus Orca’s debut EP, One Arm Pack, is a collection of four dark, ethereal, glacial, and emotive soundscapes. A quick bit of searching identifies Junus Orca to be the alias of Josh Holmes, Christchurch DJ, producer, experimentalist, sonic innovator, and member of Your Indigo.
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Horror Story - Album Review: Return of the Strange
29 Mar 2020 // A review by Peter-James Dries
Following 20 years of providing an essential service to the New Zealand Punk scene, Horror Story are back with fresh fruit for rotting ear holes. Return of the Strange is another hard, fast, and heavy zombie-stomp into the Horror Punk genre.
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Sycophant - EP Review: Pop Frog
28 Mar 2020 // A review by Carl Hayman
Today I'm on Covid-19 lockdown, which has given me the opportunity to give you my spin on Sycophant's brand new EP Pop Frog. I've been listening to this EP on and off for a week to find the accurate words to describe, and here's my thoughts.
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Georgia Lines - EP Review: Georgia Lines
27 Mar 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Today on the 27th of March, Georgia Lines is releasing her debut EP. Since the start of Georgia’s journey with music, she has been on an upward rise.
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Enter Venus - EP Review: Enter Venus
26 Mar 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
The explosive start of Throw It Away is hard to ignore. Right away, the guitar and bass smashes you in the face with a killer riff, accentuated further by the pounding drums.
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The Grand Bazaar - Single Review: The Gunslinger
25 Mar 2020 // A 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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Belladonna - Single Review: Calling Out Your Name
25 Mar 2020 // A review by jacquiew
Wellington-based singer-songwriter Belladonna’s second single Calling Out Your Name is a refreshing and surprisingly upbeat piece of work, especially given its topic of clinging on to the past. Belladonna has a gift for writing a catchy hook, and she employs that talent to great effect here.
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Yasamin - Single Review: October
24 Mar 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
Activist and musician Yasamin’s single October was written about the ongoing anti-government protests in Iraq and inspired by the hideousness of the Christchurch mosque shooting. She used the song as an outlet, and in an attempt to bring more attention to the “ongoing brutality being used against peaceful protestors in Iraq”.
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Amos/Anon - Album Review: VHMET
24 Mar 2020 // A 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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Tony Lee - Single Review: Taking A Chance
22 Mar 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser
Taking a Chance is the third single from Tony Lee's upcoming new album Man on Mars. Lyrically the song is about getting out and making the most of things and taking necessary risks to get ahead.
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Murmur Tooth - Album Review: A Fault In This Machine
20 Mar 2020 // A review by Tom Ashman
Murmur Tooth is the brainchild of NZ musician and producer Leah Hinton. As founding member and guitarist for metal band El Schlong she has toured Australasia and Europe for many years, eventually moving to Berlin.
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Levi Patel - Album Review: A Shifting Lightness
19 Mar 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
There is a place within all of us where our darkness gives way to the light and our sorrows become our rejoicing. It is elusive but wearies not as we journey through life with all of its disappointments.
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Crooked Royals - Single Review: Copacetic
19 Mar 2020 // A review by Kris Raven
Crooked Royals are back! With brand new single Copacetic about to be released, Auckland progressive metalcore five-piece Crooked Royals are continuing their meteoric rise and adding to an already brilliant 2020 of music (and its only March!
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Column of Sand - EP Review: Head Damage
18 Mar 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Wide-open space greets the ear from the opening track Head Damage. In the modern world of music, sometimes I forget just how much has changed so it is so nice to hear reverb-soaked guitar lead lines over the top of a driving rhythm section.
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Like A Storm - Gig Review: Like A Storm @ Galatos, Auckland - 14/03/2020
17 Mar 2020 // A review by donna.m
Kiwi rock was alive and well in Auckland on Saturday night. Performing at Galatos Bar was outstanding rock band Like A Storm, who were playing their first ever headline show with huge support from up and coming rockers Black Smoke Trigger.
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Radio Coma - Single Review: Fight Night
17 Mar 2020 // A review by JP Carroll
Radio Coma are a syndicate of musicians, audio engineers, and producers with Ozan Turan at the core of it, along with drummer Aycan Firatli, And Johann De Guigne on bass duties. Radio Coma are here to create a community around them of like-minded people.
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Blindspott - Gig Review: Blindspott @ Powerstation, Auckland - 14/03/2020
16 Mar 2020 // A review by Steve Shyu
Way back in 2007, on the exact same stage, was the last time I witnessed Blindspott deliver the goods – And it certainly was a night to remember. Little did I know then, I was still in my formative years dabbling in heavy music, and Blindspott sat atop a high podium of reverence in my mind, as I’m sure many Aucklanders of my age did.
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The Slider - Album Review: He Calls Your Name
16 Mar 2020 // A review by Jason Peters
The Slider features two tortured souls from Auckland heavy rock/blues band His Masters Voice (The Devil's Blues). Rene Black and Az Burns have created a down and dirty little beast here, featuring Rene on lead vocals and drums, with Az tackling all guitars/bass and keys, and there is a stack of talent on display within.
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Shady Brain Farm - EP Review: Orange to Red
13 Mar 2020 // A review by Chris Chick
Shady Brain Farm have played together as a group off and on for the last 20 years, with all the members living in the Northwest Auckland area of Kumeu, Waimauku and Muriwai Beach. The music they make reflects this West Coast beach vibe.
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Kong Fooey - Single Review: Charade
13 Mar 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
The new single from Kong Fooey, Charade, has got a lot going for it. Full of detail and a mash-up of genres I am blown away by how authentic this track is, coupled with its catchy melodies and tasty lead lines sprinkled all over the place.
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Bianca Isabel - Single Review: Will It Be Enough?
13 Mar 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
Singer-songwriter Bianca Isabel is prolific and talented. Her Instagram is riddled with song ideas and pictures of her performing at local venues.
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Michael Signal - Single Review: Who U R
12 Mar 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser
For a starter, I’ve got to say 80's and 90's inspired hair metal really isn’t my thing, however, just with any other genre, when it’s done incredibly well, it is always going to be good. Michael Signal is an extremely talented composer and player, and on his latest single Who U R his abilities shine like polished diamonds on fine bone china.
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Reb Fountain - Single Review: When Gods Lie
12 Mar 2020 // A review by Tom Ashman
Reb Fountain’s urgent vocals and the deep harmony of the piano weave together like silver threads; her rhythmic lyrical changes play out like an intricate dance over the subtle backing. When Gods Lie is Reb Fountain’s latest release and first single from her upcoming self-titled album.
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Lexytron - Album Review: Something Blue
12 Mar 2020 // A 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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Jen Turner - Single Review: Singing With Whales
12 Mar 2020 // A review by jacquiew
Singing with Whales by Jen Turner is a real gem of a single. Reflective and introspective in the particular way that break up songs tend to be, it’s also seriously catchy.
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O Juliet - Album Review: Unlash the Boats
12 Mar 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
New Plymouth based band O Juliet have released their debut album, the mystical and mysterious Unlash the Boats. The album begins with a shuffling rhythm section and smooth electric keyboard as Juliet herself laments the pain of losing what she mistook for love.
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Georgia Lines - Single Review: Same Things
10 Mar 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Singer songwriter Georgia Lines, previously known as George, just released her single Same Things. From the beginnings of her exposure, Georgia’s music has had nothing but an upward flight.
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QUALMS - Double Single Review: Hank Scorpio and Thrown
10 Mar 2020 // A review by Steve Shyu
Auckland’s newest rock trio Qualms have brought forth their latest offering – TWO, in fact – in the form of a double-single, entitled Hank Scorpio and Thrown, respectively. Immediately after two drumstick clicks, vocals and guitar chords kick off to a pleasantly cool, upbeat first tune Hank Scorpio.
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Deprivacy - EP Review: N/A (Never Accepted)
10 Mar 2020 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Deprivacy is the one man metal act of musician, Robbie Scott, hailing from Christchurch. If that name doesn’t sound familiar; don’t worry, it soon will be if this EP if anything to go by.
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Kate Owen - Album Review: Not A Proper Girl
09 Mar 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Lyttelton based singer-songwriter Kate Owen has just recorded her first album despite being on the NZ music scene for twenty years. Described as a singer with a “poetic, restrained intensity” the debut album Not A Proper Girl, which has been released by her own label Spin Star Records, showcases Kate’s strong profound vocals.
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isunray - EP Review: Balancing Act
09 Mar 2020 // A review by Trevor Faville
isunray essentially consists of multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Hay, who has quite an extensive history of songwriting, arranging and producing. For this release, he is joined by vocalist Jade Eru, who makes a powerful and significant contribution.
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Gig Review: Music in Parks: Fresh Takes @ Walmsley Park, Auckland - 01/03/2020
09 Mar 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Another humid Auckland day, yet, a cheerful turnout still showed up to support our local artists. A free event run by council to get everyone out of the house: Music in Parks - Fresh Takes kicked off at 1pm at Walmsley Park.
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The Wake Up - Single Review: Dark Horse
06 Mar 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
This new single from The Wake Up is a solid pop rock/pop punk track with a fantastic chorus. From the moment Dark Horse starts, you can tell you are about to have a rocking good time and I certainly wasn't disappointed.
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The Nighthawk Experience - Single Review: Current Lies
05 Mar 2020 // A review by JP Carroll
The Nighthawk Experience is the intriguing new project from Scott McDonald-Bull (Anemoia, Scott MCB), which combines music and animation to create an immersive listening and viewing experience. The first track, Current Lies, introduces us to a huge post-rock sound, for fans of bands like Jakob and even Shihad.
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Arrays - Single Review: Too Late
03 Mar 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Array's newest single Too Late is a solid track that continues the rock sound that JP Carroll is exploring through this solo studio project.From the chugging guitar part that sets up the verse, the focus here is on the lyric with a mantra like 'over and over' repeated after each line.
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EmRiver - Album Review: Heart to Heart
03 Mar 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
This album begins with the mellow and mystical Heart to Heart. EmRiver uses beautiful counter melodies and a tambourine to make the listener feel like they are walking into a clearing in the forest.
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Alae - Single Review: Summer Thing
02 Mar 2020 // A 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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Apollo SteamTrain - Single Review: Phone Box of Life
02 Mar 2020 // A review by Tony McDonald
This upbeat Summer rock song really took me by surprise, and in a very good way.The latest single from Apollo SteamTrain takes the listener on a journey back to the 80’s.
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Polaroids of Polarbears - Album Review: Breathe In
01 Mar 2020 // A review by Tom Ashman
The newest release from DIY artist extraordinaire Daniel Brown AKA Polaroids of Polarbears is essential listening for any fans of lo-fi and noise rock. The ten track album Breathe In swirls through reverb drenched peaks and troughs like a tumultuous sonic ocean of expression emanating from an unassuming shed in Feilding.
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Wendyhouse - Album Review: Born To Be Alive and Killed By Death
01 Mar 2020 // A review by Peter-James Dries
For my next trick, I will be approaching Wendyhouse's album and zine, Born to be Alive and Killed by Death. To me, this is a novel concept.
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Ria Hall - Album Review: Manawa Wera
27 Feb 2020 // A review by jacquiew
Ria Hall’s new collection of songs Manawa Wera is everything anyone could want from a new release. Hall is without doubt one of Aotearoa’s finest female vocalists and her material is thought-provoking and moving without ever being strident or preachy.
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City of Souls - Single Review: Shimmer
27 Feb 2020 // A review by Kris Raven
The time is drawing ever closer to the impending, highly anticipated release of NZ Prog/Alt Rock Metal legends City of Souls debut album Synaesthesia. Off the back of several (SIX) epic single releases in the last five years, we received not one, but two brand new singles this week, the beautifully haunting White Ghost and the groove inducing heavy banger Shimmer, which is out today!
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VÏKÆ - Single Review: Liar
27 Feb 2020 // A 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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Molly Devine - Single Review: Call Me Up
27 Feb 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
Dunedin pop singer Molly Devine has just released the perfect song for your honeymoon phase. Call Me Up is uplifting and hopeful.
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Swallow the Rat - Single Review: Bird Of Ill
27 Feb 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Perennial live favourites, Auckland based Swallow The Rat have released their latest single Bird Of Ill. A grungy psychedelic track, heavy with Surf Punk guitar riffs and repetitive yet dark lyrics telling a tale of self-loathing, addiction and relationships.
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Holloway Holiday - Single Review: Please Hold (An Operator Will Be With You Indefinitely)
27 Feb 2020 // A 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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Skedaeddle - Album Review: Nuevo Direccion
26 Feb 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser
Skedaeddle is a music project performing the original folk pop music of Barry Holt. Wellington based, he also writes and performs on the classical guitar.
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Grace Duncan - Single Review: Time Will Tell
26 Feb 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Originally from Hawke’s Bay, singer-songwriter and composer Grace Duncan will be releasing her new single Time Will Tell on February 28th.Grace is exploring her musical identity through the likes of her alluring vocals and choice of calming, natural harmonies and melodies.
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Charlotte Kerrigan - Album Review: Paper Lanterns
26 Feb 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Charlotte Kerrigan is releasing her new 9 track album Paper Lanterns on 28 March 2020. The album is a collection of soulful, bluesy ballads with melodious jazz influence, and weighty compassion in her lyrics.
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Gravel Pit - EP Review: Black Arts
25 Feb 2020 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Gravel Pit are a four piece assault of adrenaline, intensity and speed, but if you thought they were just another hardcore punk band, you need to take another listen. They formed in 2018, having released their debut EP the same year and they hail from Wellington which is definitely a great thing.
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The Vibes - Single Review: Golden City
25 Feb 2020 // A review by Steve Shyu
Since 2015, Auckland alt-blues rock group The Vibes (formerly named Brendon Thomas & The Vibes) have been gradually building a foundation, and now find themselves making tremendous waves across Aotearoa. Consisting of a trio of talented multi-instrumentalists Brendon Thomas, Timothee Nolier and Michael Anderson, the group have opened for international alt-rock legends Wolfmother, as well as recently wrapping up a nationwide circuit of tours.
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The Settlers - Single Review: Swimming
25 Feb 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
New Zealand hip-hop is a thriving collection of artists who bring who we are and present it in musical form. The latest track Swimming from The Settlers is a fine example of what NZ can do.
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Six60 - Gig Review: Six60 @ Western Springs, Auckland - 22/02/2020
24 Feb 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
"We are the mighty, mighty Six60", proclaims Maitu Walters, lead singer of Six60. And he is in right to say so.
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Domes - Single Review: Time and Relative Dimension in Space
22 Feb 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Domes newest release, Time And Relative Dimension in Space, is an incredibly deep track that offers so much to the listener. It interweaves soaring melodies and harmonies into what you would be forgiven in thinking was a thrash metal song from the explosive introduction.
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Serious Happiness - EP Review: Serious Happiness
22 Feb 2020 // A review by Paul Goddard
The ocean is amazing. Just about everyone in New Zealand has a connection with it.
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Konarucchi - Single Review: Her Glow
20 Feb 2020 // A 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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2 a.m. Orchestra - Album Review: Trading Graves
20 Feb 2020 // A review by Paul Goddard
I am sitting in a bar in rainy Manchester, UK.Storm Dennis is about to hit.
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Dark Water - Single Review: Presence Of Fear
19 Feb 2020 // A review by Carl Hayman
Ever heard of Dark Water? I’ve been lucky enough to play on the bill with these guys in their home town of The 'Naki and they sure know how to put a massive amount of energy into their set.
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Album Review: Various Artists - Mansfield
18 Feb 2020 // A review by Peter-James Dries
As an English major, it is my duty to know Mansfield. She sits on my shelf, somewhere between Lawrence and Woolf.
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Jackie Bristow - Gig Review: Jackie Bristow @ The Boathouse, Nelson - 14/02/2020
15 Feb 2020 // A review by jacquiew
There was a lot to love about Jackie Bristow’s performance at The Boathouse in Nelson. The Boathouse has got to be one of the most spectacular settings in New Zealand for a music venue.
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Secrets Of The Sun - Single Review: Wretched Tracks
13 Feb 2020 // A review by Kris Raven
It’s always a good thing to hear of new music coming from the nation's capital, having been the hub of such huge and varying artists. However, in recent years there seems to have been a steady increase in bands and artists calling it a day.
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Jackie Bristow - Single Review: Blue Moon Rising
11 Feb 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
For those who have followed the career of Stateside-based, but born and bred in New Zealand, songwriter Jackie Bristow there's an unintentional (as far as I am aware) poignancy about the release of her latest single Blue Moon Rising. It signals a slight wind shift, a change in musical direction, bought about by the musical influences she's been surrounded by since moving from Austin, Texas, to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2017.
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LA Thompson - Album Review: New Sun Rising
10 Feb 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser
The two opening tracks of LA Thompson's 2017 LP New Sun Rising, titled Changed My Life and You Said have a particular Country feel, being driven by guitars and her voice. Song three Divided has a dance music feel and is really quite ‘boppy’ for want of a word that doesn’t make me sound like I’m 90 years old.
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And$um - Single Review: Look At Me
10 Feb 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
The beginning of Look At Me confused me at first. The vocal delivery seemed dull and with low energy, but by the time the raps kick in, it has definitely picked up and raised the level.
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Sam V - Single Review: Shawty
10 Feb 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
The production is very slick on Shawty, the new track from Sam V. The vibe and the melodic idea captures you right from the get-go; and there's a real middle eastern vibe to it.
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Robbie Scott - Single Review: Gaze
10 Feb 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
One of the most inspiring things about songwriting is it allows for the listener to hear into the world of another artist. Such is the experience of new song Gaze from Robbie Scott.
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Impostor Syndrome - Single Review: The Hole in Your Head
08 Feb 2020 // A 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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Chris Bates - Single Review: Minute
06 Feb 2020 // A review by Erica McQueen
Minute is the third in a series of singles released by up and coming Aucklander, Chris Bates, and produced by long-time collaborator EDY. Both have been making waves in the local scene, with sell out shows and highly streamed tracks.
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The Robba - Album Review: Rob Arthur
06 Feb 2020 // A review by James Castady-Kristament
Rob Arthur by The Robba is an 11-track album of synth heavy rap songs dripping in The Robba’s very unique sound and style. The Robba is infinitely talented, taking credits for beats, guitar, rapping, singing, mixing, mastering and even making the music videos.
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The Tacks - Single Review: One Last Goodbye
05 Feb 2020 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Hailing from Christchurch and featuring members of local Punk bands Nervous Jerk, Zhukov, Mental Fatal and Blame Thrower is the New Wave/Goth/Post Punk outfit, The Tacks. Having formed in 2019, their sound is a combination of 80's synth with a definitive punk rhythm and a whole lot of goth.
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CoReZ - Single Review: CTRL
02 Feb 2020 // A review by Jamie Denton
Auckland-based musician Corey Friedlander has had a long and impressive musical career to date. He has been the drummer/percussionist for some of the best bands to come out of Auckland for a long time.
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Festival Review: Bay Of Islands Music Festival @ Waitangi - 25/01/2020
02 Feb 2020 // A review by donna.m
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon on the grounds of Waitangi, music fans young and old poured into the venue ready for an afternoon and evening of hip-hop, roots, rock and reggae at the Bay of Islands Music Festival. The festival was already buzzing as the gates opened, families came with young children and soon the grounds filled up with people sitting on blankets and chairs, using umbrellas to keep cool in the hot sun.
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Raylee Bradfield - Album Review: Where Wildflowers Grow
01 Feb 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
South Island singer-songwriter Raylee Bradfield has always felt connected to nature. For five generations, her family has lived in the rugged edge of Aotearoa, surrounded by rolling hills and immersed in the vibrant changing of the seasons.
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George After James - EP Review: Wait For You
31 Jan 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
The date has come, and the release of the new five track EP Wait For You by George After James is out now. George After James is a project by James Fistonich and his band who are Auckland based.
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Government Pest - Album Review: Disengage
30 Jan 2020 // A review by Peter-James Dries
My favourite local album, in both a national and regional sense, is probably 2006’s Dawn of a Grey Winter. The compilation of $lave Recordings bands and beyond is a showcase of the best Palmy had to offer at that point in history.
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Peyton Morete - Single Review: Sky City
30 Jan 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
Kapiti based singer/songwriter Peyton Morete has been writing songs since she was 9. She won “best lyrics” at her regional Rockquest final when she was 10, describing the memory as "not bad for a little kid that was still learning spelling lists for homework".
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Radio Coma - Single Review: River Flows
28 Jan 2020 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
If you’re a fan of the blues and rock n roll grooves, then you’ve come to the right place. Formed in 2016, Radio Coma is a syndicate of musicians, audio engineers, bands and artists, led by a few core members based in Auckland.
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Tony Lee - Single Review: Man On Mars
24 Jan 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Man On Mars is the latest single from Tony Lee.A mix between a sort of country vibe and rock, this song is well written, recorded and arranged.
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Fat Freddy's Drop - Fat Freddy's Drop @ Western Springs, Auckland - 18/01/2020
24 Jan 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
If you haven't seen Fat Freddy's Drop before, like I had not, you need to get out and see them.Walking around the crowd it was awesome to see so many parents bring their kids along to it.
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Thomas Brothers - Album Review: Together
24 Jan 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
Four-piece family band Thomas Brothers are starting 2020 with the exciting release of their second album Together. Having played music together since they were learning to walk, forming a band was a natural progression for the talented family.
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Oakley Grenell - Gig Review: Oakley Grenell @ Dux Central, Christchurch - 19/01/2020
20 Jan 2020 // A review by Gareth Heta
Coming off the back of supporting his latest single Serious Time across a series of NZ dates over the last month, Oakley Grenell graced the Dux Central courtyard alongside brother Redford on drums and Peter Flemming on double bass. Taking a stripped back approach to some staples from his back catalogue, it was the perfect soundtrack to a sunny Sunday afternoon, amid the bubble of a rejuvenated Christchurch inner city.
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Tom Ludvigson and Trevor Reekie - Album Review: Roto
20 Jan 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
Technology without artifice is a rarity in music nowadays – any 'nerd' with an understanding of the various software programmes available for composing music can create something out of nothing without being compelled by an inner muse. Roto, by Tom Ludvigson and Trevor Reekie, is an exception to such mundaneness.
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Arrays - Single Review: Dead Sea
20 Jan 2020 // A review by Paul Goddard
It’s not easy being in a band. The “it’s Ike being married to three or four other people” often rings true.
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Tattletale Saints - Album Review: Under The Dogwoods
20 Jan 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander
There has always been a simple charm to Tattletale Saints ever since they announced themselves with the release of their debut album How Red Is The Blood in 2013. That album deservedly took out a Tui for best Folk Album at the New Zealand Music Awards the following year and while the duo of Cy Winstanley and Vanessa McGowan no longer call New Zealand home – they are based in Nashville, Tennessee – their OE has certainly broadened their musical horizons and palette.
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The Upbeats - EP Review: No Sleep 'Til... New Zealand
17 Jan 2020 // A review by Jamie Denton
Wellington-based drum and bass duo, The Upbeats, have been steadily carving out a place for themselves in the dance music scene both in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas. Perhaps because of the increased international gigs coming their way, The Upbeats, in what I assume is a generous and potentially cheeky nod to the Beastie Boys, launched their No Sleep ‘Til… E.
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Festival Review: Good Vibes @ Soundshell, Gisborne - 11/01/2020
16 Jan 2020 // A review by Jason Peters
Good Vibes was a packed-out festival with lots of very 'happy' people, after soaking up the rays and many beverages and other herbs I suspect the audience was certainly in good vibes alright. We headed over to Three Houses Down featuring General Fiyah (pictured); their brand of soul reggae was received well and their monster hit Love & Affection went over well with the enthusiastic crowd.
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Apollo SteamTrain - Single Review: Sail Across The Sky
15 Jan 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Tauranga based singer/songwriter; Brendan McCarthy from Apollo SteamTrain has just released his first new offering of 2020 with the single Sail Across The Sky. This is a beautiful acoustic love ballad which speaks of the reality of being in a long term relationship.
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Beacon Bloom - Single Review: Little Kingdom
15 Jan 2020 // A review by Chris Chick
The one aspect of music reviewing I love the most, is finding out about new musicians, the depth of talent that New Zealand has is astounding and very exciting. Beacon Bloom, I applaud you and your efforts, and that is not just because you are based in Christchurch, even though that gets extra brownie points.
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Gig Review: Noisia & Kanine @ Riccarton Park Racecourse, Christchurch - 21/12/2019
13 Jan 2020 // A review by Gareth Heta
When pioneering musicians Noisia announced in September 2019 that they’d be disbanding in 2020, it sent a ripple through the electronic music scene. 20 year's worth of multi-genre dominance, 3 record labels, countless releases - it was understandable that their final appearance on South Island shores would be met with excitement and a tinge of sadness.
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Sam Wave - Album Review: Rhetorical What
13 Jan 2020 // A review by Lou Clement
Sam Wave is the moniker of musician Sam Mehrtens. Sam's 13-track debut album Rhetorical What was released in late December.
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L.A.B. - Gig Review: L.A.B. @ Black Barn, Hawke's Bay - 22/12/2019
11 Jan 2020 // A review by Ria Loveder
The weather leading to Sunday 22nd of December was unreliably sprinkled with a little bit of unpredictability. Luckily for the people that flocked to the gorgeous Black Barn Amphitheatre in the Hawke’s Bay to the sold-out L.
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Shapeshifter - Gig Review: Shapeshifter @ Trustspower Baypark, Mt Maunganui - 28/12/2019
09 Jan 2020 // A review by Jason Peters
After a small hiccup getting into the venue, we arrived to see State Of Mind hitting the stage, unfortunately we had missed Concord Dawn but I heard they had a killer set. State of Mind warmed up the throngs of summer DnB heads nicely with their heavy DnB morsels, their MC hyped the crowd and it was a great set for this mini DnB festival Shapeshifter had compiled on this warm summer night.
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Domes - Single Review: The Futurist
09 Jan 2020 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
The new single from Domes is here. Another slab of brilliance that reaches new heights for the start of 2020.
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Fat Freddy's Drop - Gig Review: Fat Freddy's Drop @ Thames Racecourse, Thames - 28/12/2019
08 Jan 2020 // A review by Lou Clement
When Fat Freddy’s Drop announced their Summer Album tour, with dates across New Zealand, I had the feeling of the holiday season beginning. I went along to the first of the tour dates that began their extensive list of stop offs and took place in the lazy in between days of the Christmas-New Year break.
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Black Smoke Trigger - EP Review: Set It Off
07 Jan 2020 // A review by Steve Shyu
Napier hard rock quartet Black Smoke Trigger’s debut EP entitled Set It Off is out now. Released to coincide with their full tour or Aotearoa supporting fellow heavyweights Devilskin, the band have pledged this to be an “energetic” and “unforgettable” debut.
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L.A.B. - Gig Review: L.A.B @ Coroglen Tavern, Coroglen - 28/12/2019
05 Jan 2020 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
It couldn’t have been a better day for it. The sun was radiant, and the energy was high.
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David Sutton - Album Review: Eternal Memory
03 Jan 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser
Dad, or maybe Granddad, rock is alive and well. Looking on Bandcamp, Eternal Memory appears to be David Sutton’s 8th release, following titles such as Upside-Down World, Binary, V, 40 and more.
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Saurian - Single Review: Tyre Tracks In The Sky
01 Jan 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
“You left this world with tyre tracks in the sky.” The new single from Saurian opens with this line and it sets the tone for the song, a story about living life with no regrets.
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Lizard Prom - EP Review: Lizard Prom
01 Jan 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Lizard Prom is visceral. Really.
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Marina Bloom and Moving Stuff - Album Review: Back Where We Started
01 Jan 2020 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Marina Bloom’s newest album, Back Where We Started is a rock solid modern contemporary record.Starting with the title track, the upbeat pop rock creates an upbeat feel with a catch melody, driving electric guitars and a very catchy chorus.
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Jumping The Fucking Shark - EP Review: Jumping The Fucking Shark
31 Dec 2019 // A review by Tony McDonald
Happy New Year everyone, hope you all had a great Christmas. To start the new year off with a bang I had the pleasure of reviewing the debut self-titled EP from Jumping the Fucking Shark.
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Dillastrate - Album Review: Dillastrate
31 Dec 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Smooth is a perfect way to describe the feel of Dillastrate's new album. It has a Kiwi vibe to it while being drenched in a collection of synth sounds that helps to bring an almost 80's feel to this Summer jam collection.
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Bad Llamas - EP Review: What Even Is Bad Llamas
30 Dec 2019 // A review by Tom Ashman
The new EP from Christchurch rockers Bad Llamas is a groovy and melodic morsel of timeless rock n roll, delivering a gut-punch of powerful rhythms, hooky melodies and witty, well-written lyrics. What Even Is Bad Llamas is a collection of four tracks each with its own distinct vibe.
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Dharmarat - Album Review: WLKNZ
24 Dec 2019 // A review by Peter-James Dries
This review took a long time. This isn’t my usual genre.
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Oakley Grenell - Single Review: Serious Time Feat. Rayjah45
23 Dec 2019 // A review by Gareth Heta
Prolific local lad Oakley Grenell (now based out of Melbourne) returns with a bouncy slice of dancefloor double-time, which contains a serious message from vocalist Rayjah45. Titled Serious Time, the tight production assistance from fellow NZ’ers 10a and Hooves give this release a punchy impact destined for high rotation on Summer sound systems everywhere.
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The Feelers - Gig Review: The Feelers @ Bay Park Arena, Tauranga - 20/12/2019
22 Dec 2019 // A review by Brendan McCarthy
An enthusiastic crowd of approx. 300 forty-somethings turned out to see Tauranga installment of The Feelers tour with Stellar* and Tablefox.
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Frannkkey - EP Review: Frannkkey
20 Dec 2019 // A 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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Take Hold - Gig Review: Take Hold @ Whammy, Auckland - 12/12/2019
20 Dec 2019 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
On 12 December, Whammy Backroom set it off with a decent turnout for a late mid-week show. Soaking in a familiar aura, I distinguished an overwhelming sense of nostalgia; there were notable remnants of New Zealand hardcore music and its scene which was prolific in its earlier years from the late 90’s, 00’s to 10’s.
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The Feelers - Gig Review: The Feelers @ Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club, Auckland - 19/12/2019
19 Dec 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
The Feelers performed tonight to a small but passionate crowd of fans at the Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club. And I was one of them.
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Holloway Holiday - Single Review: Hot Pink Paralysis
19 Dec 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
Pop and punk don’t mix. Just put Simon Cowell in the same room as John Lydon (if you follow pop punk you might not know who that is, but your view of punk will be much better if you do) and ask them to discuss music and see what happens.
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The AJ Crawshaw Band - Single Review: The Lightning
18 Dec 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Well-established Kapiti based singer and writer, AJ Crawshaw and his band have just released a thought-provoking new single The Lightning. A motivational pop infused rock track about living life and connecting with what makes you feel alive.
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Scizzorhands - EP Review: The Introduction
18 Dec 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Fresh. Like music to my ears (hold on a second.
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Flirting With Disaster - Album Review: Redundant
17 Dec 2019 // A review by Steve Shyu
Auckland’s punk rock scene continues to thrive. Just check out the line-up of gigs happening at live venues throughout the country.
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SOJØURN - EP Review: Summer Tape
17 Dec 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
Hailing from the beautiful, sun-drenched, surf-town of Mangawhai, seven-piece “psychedelic surf rock reggae band” Sojøurn have just released their latest Summer Tape EP. Consisting of two tracks Still a Mess and Take a Drive, the Summer Tape EP aims to capture the sounds, feeling, and overall vibe of an Aotearoa summer.
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Your Indigo - EP Review: Your Indigo
17 Dec 2019 // A review by Mike Alexander
What a great surprise and start to a new decade. Your Indigo has all the makings of a 'super group' with three very distinctive talents in their own right – 'electric' electro producer Joshua Holmes and songwriting maidens (they do bear bouquets  in their hair on the video to Glass Cloud),  Amiria Grenell (Autumn and Three Feathers) and Bryony Matthews (Little Queen).
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Malchicks - Single review: Head to Head
16 Dec 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Auckland band Malchicks were ahead of their time in the early 1990's, riding the wave of sonic charged guitar driven rock and roll genre which would eventually be called ‘shoegaze’. Now around 30 years later, a collection of all of their recorded works called Everything is set to be released.
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Gig Review: Ulterior Motive [UK] @ Hide Club, Christchurch - 23/11/2019
16 Dec 2019 // A review by Gareth Heta
UK duo Ulterior Motive (JD & Morphex) have been producing intricate, heavyweight music for the better part of a decade now, with early releases on Subtitles before joining the Metalheadz family where they released their debut album Fourth Wall in 2014, and in the last few years forming their own imprint Guidance. Touching down in NZ in late November, read on to discover which Metalheadz classic JD dropped to a stunned and adoring Hide Club crowd… The evening started on the right note driving down to the club listening to a guest mix from James aka JD on the RDU 98.
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Scalper - EP Review: Want More
16 Dec 2019 // A review by Steve Shyu
Mr. Nadeem Shafi, commonly known as the hyper-mysterious hip-hop artist Scalper, of Pakistani descent.
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DateMonthYear - Album Review: DateMonthYear
16 Dec 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Hamilton five-piece self-proclaimed “independent music bohemians” DateMonthYear have just released their ten track self-titled album. A lush atmospheric body of work that moves from one track to the next with graceful fluidity.
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Devils Elbow - EP Review: ID
16 Dec 2019 // A review by Mike Alexander
Hawke’s Bay alternative rock band Devils Elbow have been turning heads since their debut single KO in 2010. There’s been a few line-up changes since then and it’s been a five-year wait since their last EP, Golden Flame, but vocalist and guitarist Alec Withers has always had the kind of charisma and stage presence that was never going to remain a state secret for long.
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Unsub - Unsub - Album Review: Heartbreaker
11 Dec 2019 // A review by Gareth Heta
Prolific producer Unsub delivers the impressive Heartbreaker LP, the fourth on her ‘Pure Heart Dirty Mind’ imprint via mother label ‘NexGen Music’. Sub-genre wise the album could be filed under techstep or neurofunk, but unlike the sometimes cold and emotionless offerings prevalent in this sound, Heartbreaker (like much of Unsub’s output) carries a deeply musical element bringing an analog warmth to every track.
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Rumour City - EP Review: Bury All The Lies
11 Dec 2019 // A 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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Iveta & Simone - Single Review: Weeping
07 Dec 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Dueling divas Iveta & Simone have dropped the single Weeping, and it’s a power ballad with production values and a sense of drama which could make Jim Steinman or a drag queen blush. If production values were shoes, this tune would be an 8“ sparkly pink platform stiletto.
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Lexxa - Album Review: Toxic Love
06 Dec 2019 // A review by Tom Ashman
The latest offering from Auckland based twin sisters Maude and Julia Morris AKA Lexxa, is a synth-drooling, bass-wobbling, power-pop adventure that marks this exciting and ingenious band’s debut release. The album title Toxic Love sums up the reflective and emotional subject matter, as well as outlining the juxtaposition between the bouncy pop orientated sound and the darker introspective lyrics.
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Urlwyn and Friends - Album Review: Seascape
06 Dec 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
It’s always a joy to hear players with more chops than a butchery. This album features some of the finest musicianship I’ve heard in years, and is like the fillet steak of chops, at the risk of mixing my meaty metaphors.
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The Response - Album Review: Escaping This Cold Rotation
06 Dec 2019 // A review by Erica McQueen
Escaping This Cold Rotation is the fourth album from Christchurch alt-pop duo The Response; multi instrumentalists Andy and Vic Knopp. The album begins with Analyse, a stripped back song with a simple vocal melody before percussion kicks in.
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Annie J - Single Review: Figured Out
05 Dec 2019 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Annie J has just released her new single Figured Out. Her music so far has made it to the NZ Top 50 Viral Chart, also streaming over 100,000, as well as reaching a semi-final place in the Unsigned Only Worldwide song writing competition.
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Vapour & Shape - EP Review: Nullius
05 Dec 2019 // A review by Gareth Heta
Hailing from Auckland, duo Vapour & Shape burst onto the electronica scene with Nullius, a refreshing slice of 4/4 that fuses neon-drenched nightclub production with a melodic, nostalgic element making it suitable for both dancefloor and headphones. Opener Catchpool pulses with reverbed melody flickering around a dubbed-out bass reminiscent of classic NZ acts such as Pitch Black or Salmonella Dub.
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Shihad - Gig Review: Shihad @ Thekla Bristol, UK - 30/11/2019
04 Dec 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
It’s a cold one tonight here in Bristol as we head over to one of the UK’s most iconic and unique venues. Thekla is a ship permanently moored in Bristol’s harbour.
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Lola Sola - Single Review: Tripping
04 Dec 2019 // A review by butch181
This latest single from Lola Sola, Tripping, is pure simplicity; simple enough to allow nothing to draw your attention away from the vocals. With very little instrumentation beyond a guitar (which doubles as the tracks percussive element), there is nothing complicated about it, and it creates a slow and weary ambience.
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Sit Down In Front - Single Review: What Comes Around
04 Dec 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Young four piece breakthrough Kiwi Punk Rock band Sit Down In Front (SDIF) from Gisborne have just released their eagerly anticipated single What Comes Around. The lads who keep it “hard, fast and catchy”, writing about everyday stuff have delivered another gutsy punk number to warm the cockles of NZ punk rockers from one end of the country to the other.
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Peake - EP Review: Fearne
04 Dec 2019 // A review by Mike Alexander
I have been a fan of Marigold Music ever since they released their first album, Traces’ Monuments To Souls in 2015. It came with little fanfare and their website reveals little about who is behind the label but, from what I can gather, it’s the "love child" of Chris Van de Geer, a two-time Tui winner with Stellar*,and Joost Langeveld, who some may recall was the bass player for Strawpeople, among other bands.
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Sam V - Single Review: Ain't Slowin' Down
03 Dec 2019 // A review by Kerry Kingi
Ain't Slowin' Down is the latest single by Hip-Hop/RnB artist Sam V and it's a brilliant release, especially considering he's only 22.Sam V has been super busy in the studio, having released two albums and nine videos in recent times.
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Grace Duncan - Single Review: Come, We Must Go
03 Dec 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Grace Duncan's new track Come, We Must Go takes sounds from our lands and combines them into a cinematic experience that breathes with dynamics, taking us on a journey that begs to heard again. Te Reo is interwoven into the track, and transitions between languages is smooth and seamless.
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Matthew J.Ruys - Single Review: Rainbows
02 Dec 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Award winning Kiwi veteran, LA based recording artist Matthew J. Ruys has released the brand new bright and funky single Rainbows, just in time for those feel good summer vibes.
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Fallstate - EP Review: Disorder and Symmetry
02 Dec 2019 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Well, that didn’t take long. If you haven’t heard a single note of Hardcore, Pop-Punk infused band, Fallstate before, be prepared.
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Andrew Masseurs - Single/Video Review: Days They Come, Days They Go
01 Dec 2019 // A 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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Superturtle - Single Review: Wait For It
30 Nov 2019 // A review by Mike Alexander
I couldn’t have put it better. In the video that accompanies the release of Wait For It from Darren McShane’s newly invigorated Superturtle, there’s a comment posted by ArapuniWizard: “Another good song from the Birkenhead hit factory!
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Dead Little Penny - Gig Review: Dead Little Penny @ Wine Cellar, Auckland - 15/11/2019
29 Nov 2019 // A review by Lou Clement
Dead Little Penny played their album launch gig at the Wine Cellar on K Road. Their debut album, Urge Surfing, was released the week of the gig and received many positive reviews, including my review for Muzic.
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Young Gho$t - Single Review: Weed In My Lungs
29 Nov 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
"I got this weed in my lungs. I got this weed in my lungs.
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Ed Waaka - Single Review: Revolution
29 Nov 2019 // A review by Mike Alexander
Ed Waaka might ruffle a few redneck feathers with the powerful video and tribute “to early generations of Maori who fought in the name of indigenous rights amid times of social and political conflict” that accompany his latest single Revolution. Old wounds can still fester and the inherited guilt and shame of guiltless generations still has an ugly underbelly in New Zealand.
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The Lite Works - EP Review: 11:11
29 Nov 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
The Lite Works newest EP, 11:11, is a prime example of quality rock music that I personally grew up on. It’s like they have taken some of my favourite rock acts from the 90's and early 2000's and captured it in a bottle.
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Shana Grace - Album Review: Rinse And Repeat
28 Nov 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Auckland based singer-songwriter Shana Grace has just released her debut full length album Rinse And Repeat. With the help from a year long crowd funding campaign, emerges ten beautifully constructed songs of lyrical storytelling.
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TREi - Gig Review: Trei & Jabz MC - 'Locally Sauced' @ The Slate Room, Christchurch - 22/11/2019
28 Nov 2019 // A review by Gareth Heta
DJ/MC partnerships are a long-standing tradition, especially in Drum & Bass; just think of iconic pairings like Andy C & MC GQ (and later Tonn Piper), Grooverider & MC Flux, and DJ Marky & Stamina MC. On a humid Canterbury evening in late November, long-time NZ-based duo Trei and Jabz MC treated a sweaty Slate Room to an exhibition of that unique chemistry.
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Lasair - Album Review: Lessons
26 Nov 2019 // A review by Mike Alexander
Lasair is quite an unusual name so a quick Google search reveals some interesting options. Firstly, it’s old Irish for flame and then there are the various references to a laser diode aerosol particle counter.
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J Plates - EP Reivew: Telepathy
26 Nov 2019 // A review by Kerry Kingi
Here's the second EP by DJ Producer J Plates. Riding on the crest of a busy year, J Plates released a single earlier this year on Skalator Music that gained attention from some of the biggest artists and promoters in the scene.
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George After James - Single Review: In Your Hands (You Won’t Let Go)
25 Nov 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
George After James is the project of James Fistonich. Based in Auckland, he is a guitarist and singer who just released his debut single, In Your Hands (You Won’t Let Go) along with an announcement of his self-titled EP due for release in January 2020.
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Daniel McClelland - EP Review: Swallow Fear
24 Nov 2019 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
You want it? Come and get it!
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Jason McIver Collective - Single Review: Black Dogs & Babies
24 Nov 2019 // A review by Mike Alexander
Black Dogs & Babies is the second single of 2019 from the Jason McIver Collective, and you shouldn't be fooled by the gentle Cat Stevens guitar intro. For one minute (or close enough to it) you may think you are listening to a lullaby for an adult that transports you into a reminiscing space, but then the drums crank up, a soaring guitar riff kicks in and the vocals soar, taking you to another level, especially with the lyric "sometimes I feel like something’s wrong with me, that’s just me".
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And$um - Single Review: Tell No Lies
23 Nov 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
Earlier this month, Christchurch hip-hop artist And$um dropped Tell No Lies, the first single from his forthcoming debut album. Produced by scene-legend Dera Meelan, this is not your stock-standard approach to hip-hop/rap.
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TOI - Single Review: Get Up
22 Nov 2019 // A review by Melany Barrington
Today Wellington dub rockers Tunes of I have released their latest single Get Up with a vibing 70's music video directed and produced by Lee Gingold and Mouthfull productions. While we expect the seven piece ensemble to deliver another classic horn line crossed with reggae rock tune.
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Max Earnshaw - Single Review: Lonely Love
22 Nov 2019 // A review by Erica McQueen
Lonely Love, the sophomore single from Max Earnshaw, is an absolute bop. Recorded at Parachute Studios with Daniel Martin, it’s solid a follow up to Temporarily and hopefully just the start of what’s to come from this talented Christchurch-born, Auckland-based song-writer.
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Miloux - EP Review: Blonde (with Haz Beats)
21 Nov 2019 // A review by Mike Alexander
Move over Ladi6, there’s a new urban soul voice in town. Miloux is the alter ego of Rebecca Melrose, a sassy still young thing (no sexism intended), who showed her skills on her 2016 EP, cunningly disguised as the amorphous EP1, and 2017’s equally non-descriptive EP2.
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Gig Review: Flowidus with Jabz MC @ Hide Club, Christchurch - 16/11/2019
21 Nov 2019 // A review by Gareth Heta
Billed as the perfect kick-ons for the Saturday of Canterbury’s Show and Race Day long weekend, hordes of white-shirted, short-skirted punters flooded into Hide Club to get frothy with popular local act Flowidus. Momentum Promotions has been on a roll lately and despite a couple of technical hiccups, this latest event was a continuation of their high quality line-ups and well-run evenings.
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Written by Wolves - Gig Review: Written by Wolves @ Raynham Park, Auckland - 16/11/2019
20 Nov 2019 // A review by Steve Shyu
"Guaranteed to be a good time" were the words I posted on my Facebook status, summoning friends to join me as I left for Written by Wolves’ album release performance at Raynham Park. I swore by those words as I’d witnessed them give 110% opening for Devilskin, headlining their own sets at Neck of the Woods, as well as (figuratively) setting fire at Muzic.
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Viices - Single Review: Heresy
20 Nov 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
The new single from Viices, Heresy, feels like a mix between low key ska and EDM. It’s a very cool mix.
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Stateside Heroes - Album Review: Echoes and Answers
19 Nov 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
Stateside Heroes is the neo-soul/hip-hop/downbeat project of drummer, percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, music-scholar, and producer Tom Pierard (Strike, Amygdala) and second-vocalist Cleavelin Manaena-Cook. Released slightly earlier in 2019, their debut album Echoes and Answers feels tailor-made for the forthcoming Kiwi summer.
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Hannah in the Wars - Single Review: Glory
19 Nov 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
New Zealand singer songwriter Hannah Curwood of alternative post-punk band Hannah In The Wars, has released a new single called Glory. Hannah has an impressive body of work, both solo and with her band.
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Chris and the Kingsmen - Album Review: Regular Joe
19 Nov 2019 // A review by Mike Alexander
It’s been a while coming but Chris Ward could well be New Zealand’s answer Jimmy Barnes – a genuine working class hero. His debut album is ostensibly a solo record but not without the blood, sweat and tears of the Kingsmen, a band of merry men including Chris Close, David Cloughley, Frankie Daly and Ben Crosson, who co-wrote three of the tracks, boosted by more merry men and women, Aaron Boot, Josh Saville, Ben Lill, producer TeMatera Smith and backing vocalists Jodi Wareing, Tumanako Timirau, Lucy Hiku and Lissel and Magau Stewart.
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Domes - Single Review: Malady
19 Nov 2019 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Established as a bold, creative adventure with the goal of creating a record from scratch, from the opposite end of the world and all within one year, is a brave statement, let alone something to follow through with. Radically, it seems to be working if Domes' debut single, Malady is anything to go by.
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PLUTO - Gig Review: Pluto @ San Fran, Wellington - 15/11/2019
16 Nov 2019 // A review by Tom Ashman
As the sun set on Cuba Street on a Friday night in early summer 2019 the lights came up on the legendary San Fran stage. The venue had been gradually filling up and the decent sized crowd pushed up to the front of the stage to watch as the first silhouettes started to appear, plugging in guitars and fiddling with drum hardware.
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Dr.Reknaw - Single Review: Kereru
15 Nov 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
New Zealand dub music is something I feel is rather a special thing to New Zealand. That Reggae sound, shaped into our music, is synonymous for a sunny day on the deck with your mates having a BBQ, or hanging out at the beach.
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Chris Bates - Single Review: Chasing Kites
15 Nov 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Chasing Kites from Chris Bates is song that pulls a lot of different influences and takes the listener on a smooth ride through turbulent times.One thing that is evident from the first vocal lines are how smooth and silky they are.
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Bingo Fighter - Single/Video Review: Sexy Rock
15 Nov 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Well it’s always good to have a little levity in life, and Bingo Fighter’s video and single release fits that brief to a tee. There have been some great piss-taking bands and musicians over the years, from the great Victor Borge, to ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic.
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Solomon Crook - Single Review: The Day I Thought About Dying
14 Nov 2019 // A review by Isla Norman
Following the success of his 2018 EP Abandon Adolescence, Solomon Crook’s The Day I Thought About Dying is just as well produced and complex. The song tip-toes the line between catchy and thought-provoking.
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Anxiety Club - EP Review: Francine
14 Nov 2019 // A review by Jason Peters
Well, this is a nice surprise. One of the perks of writing for Muzic.
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Levi Lights On Project - Single Review: Like A Tie
14 Nov 2019 // A review by jacquiew
Levi Lights On Project have a knack for writing material that captures the zeitgeist and their latest single is no exception. Moody, gritty and evocative, Like a Tie is the perfect song for a television or film soundtrack with a Walter Mitty-esque theme of an office worker or corporate executive who dreams of throwing off the shackles of the 9 to 5 and living a more colourful existence.
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Odds & Ends - EP Review: Odds & Ends
14 Nov 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
Earlier this year, I was fortuitous enough to have reviewed the debut single Tasty from Auckland-based genre-defying-‘rock’-band Odds & Ends. Having been impressed with the debut single, I was anxious to hear what else this young band had up their sleeves.
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Makeshift Parachutes - Album Review: The Daily Absurd
14 Nov 2019 // A 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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Sad Yeti Society - EP Review: Your Music Sucks
13 Nov 2019 // A review by Tom Ashman
This latest offering from the good folks at Sad Yeti Society gives a whole new to meaning to Drum and Bass. The Auckland duo have a monstrous sound that hits harder than a wrecking ball made entirely of Muhammad Ali’s un-gloved fists!
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PLUTO - Album Review: IV
13 Nov 2019 // A review by Jason Peters
Before egos ran wild and personalities clashed to derail Pluto or Pipeline Under The Ocean in 2009 they reigned supreme on the local alternative music scene and even hitting the musical jackpot with two killer singles in Dance Stamina and Long White Cross in the mid 2000's. They also released three full-length albums and played a slew of quality live shows and festivals locally and worldwide, but unfortunately it all came unraveled while recording their fourth album.
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Dead Little Penny - Album River: Urge Surfing
13 Nov 2019 // A review by Lou Clement
Dead Little Penny released their debut album Urge Surfing on 13 November 2019. It’s nine tracks of electro-industrial, synthesiser-infused melodic, dirge-drifting fun.
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The Crystal Project - EP Review: Love's Dark Ways
13 Nov 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
The Crystal Project is a Hawkes Bay based musical collaboration blending pop, rock and folk music with a sneaky, yet well placed, cello. This four-piece released their debut EP, Love’s Dark Ways at the end of October this year, and what a superb release it is.
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Shana Grace - EP Review: Hello, It's Me Again
12 Nov 2019 // A review by Isla Norman
Kiwi singer/songwriter Shana Grace welcomes the listener to her debut EP with the words "Hello, it’s me again". The sound of pages rustling evoke the feeling that you are sitting cross legged on her living room floor as she tells you about her day.
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Trepidations: Double Single Review: You Can Never Be Sure & Say Anything
12 Nov 2019 // A review by Mike Alexander
It might be a mere perversity, but in typical punk fashion Trepidations have dispensed with the formalities of surnames and are just known as Will, Heath and Jared, at least on Bandcamp. Their Facebook page reveals otherwise – Will Saunders, Heath King and Jack Danger.
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Gig Review: The 30 Pack: The World's Fastest Festival @ Hide Club, Christchurch - 08/11/2019
11 Nov 2019 // A review by Gareth Heta
"From the people that usually bring you really good ideas, comes an idea so bad, it might even be good" went the tagline for the ambitious World’s Fastest Festival. A combined venture between Momentum Promotions, Brand+New, and Notion Touring, Hide played host to 20 drum & bass selectas downstairs and 10 DJ’s upstairs offering a range of 4/4 genres.
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Empire To Ashes - Album Review: Sequence Two: Our Secret, Silent Storms
11 Nov 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
I remember it vividly. I woke up on the ground, face down, looking directly under my dresser.
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Scizzorhands - Single Review: Money In, Money Out
10 Nov 2019 // A review by Kerry Kingi
DJ and producer Scizzorhands has released his debut single, Money In, Money Out, featuring Diggy Dupe and it's a polished release which further cements that Hip-Hop is making a comeback.Starting with an interesting guitar and bass duet which sounds kind of jazzy, it soon morphs into a catchy release when the beat drops.
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Album Review: SoundDome
08 Nov 2019 // A review by Mike Alexander
The SoundDome in Wellington is an experimental sound space, fitted out with 25-speakers that act like the audio equivalent of the capital’s famed transmission gully. Compositions whir and reverberate within its structure adding unexpected resonance to what was originally intended.
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The Vibes - Single Review: Real World
08 Nov 2019 // A review by jacindaeve
When Brendan Thomas and the Vibes hit our television set during the second season of the X Factor NZ, I got caught up in the excitement and rush that the band generated. The fever spread the nation, and New Zealand fell in love with the garage psych trio determined to perpetuate the sound and spirit of the 60's.
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Written by Wolves - Album Review: Secrets
07 Nov 2019 // A 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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Radio Coma - Single Review: All Die
07 Nov 2019 // A review by Peter-James Dries
Well that was shocking... ...
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2 a.m. Orchestra - Single Review: Free
07 Nov 2019 // A review by Callum Wagstaff
2 a.m.
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Fanfickk - EP Review: Skull Pocket
07 Nov 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
In a much earlier review that I did for another artist, which had included a remixed Fanfickk track, I was taken aback by the vocals. Wonderfully off-kilter delivery, coupled with a luscious range and tone, that voice, Fanfickk’s voice, was quite simply stunning.
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Casey Evans - Single Review: Somewhere
07 Nov 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
A Southern girl from the Catlins, Casey Evans, formally of energetic pop duo ChanTilly, has gone out on her own with her unique blend of soulful country. Somewhere is her debut single, and it has already been added to the Hatchlings playlist on Spotify.
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Lee Mvtthews - Album Review: Bones
05 Nov 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
Lee Mvtthews, the award-winning Auckland based producer/DJ duo of Graham Matthews and Tom Lee, have been making waves for themselves over the last few years. Self-described as “high energy bass music”, Lee Mvtthews’ debut album, Bones, is solid, slick, lean, hungry, and infectious follow-up to their previous singles and EP.
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Secret Knives - Album Review: Snuff
05 Nov 2019 // A review by Mike Alexander
The knives have been sharpened and the secret is out – Ash Smith hasn’t “snuffed” it.  He’s just spent the best part of a decade redefining himself as Secret Knives, the alias he uses to channel his creative muse,  and refining the follow-up to 2010’s low fi pop high-flier Affection.
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Screw Jack - EP Review: Screw Jack III
04 Nov 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Yes. Christmas is coming.
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Rubine - Album Review: Secret Danger
04 Nov 2019 // A review by butch181
Rubine hail from North Island’s Hamilton and Tauranga, which is ideal placement, as some New Zealand’s best classic rock sounds tend to originate from the Waikato/Bay of Plenty regions. The five-piece consist of Tana Tapri on lead vocals, Afzer Zameer on the drums, Dennis Ben on guitar, and Keith McGlade and Stefan Doll on the bass and guitar respectively, as well backing vocals.
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J Plates - EP Review: New Perspectives
02 Nov 2019 // A review by Kerry Kingi
Jungle DnB Producer J Plates has been super busy in the studio, having just finished a new 5-track EP called New Perspectives. He even has another 5-track EP complete and ready to drop at the end of November.
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Pale Lady - EP Review: My New Maze
01 Nov 2019 // A review by Jason Peters
Young Wellington 4-piece Pale Lady, winners of the 2017 National Battle Of The Bands, hit us with their latest EP called My New Maze. And 6 tracks of rollicking rock n roll ensue.
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Emily Riordan - Single Review: Breathe
01 Nov 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
It is not often a single stops me in my tracks. But that is what Emily Riordan has done with the acoustic reworking of Breathe from her EP Waves, which was released earlier in 2019.
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Planet Hunter - EP Review: Planet Hunter
01 Nov 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Wellington four piece Planet Hunter describe themselves as stoner/alternative/prog. Named after the Planet Hunter Satellite which was launched the very same day.
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Lasair - Single Review: House Of Cards
01 Nov 2019 // A review by DemonsDigest
Hailing from Hamilton, the artist known as Lasair (AKA George Dryburgh) has recently released his new single and video for House Of Cards from his upcoming album Lessons. From the very first beat I was instantly reminded of Metro Station, however, the overall 80's synth-pop sound is where the similarities between the two acts end.
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Shakes and the Troublemakers - EP Review: Shakes and the Troublemakers
31 Oct 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Chris ‘Shakes’ Prendergast has been around the Dunedin music scene since before spending time in the city’s punk instigators The Enemy in the late 1970's. He now fronts this combo with Pottley on bass and at times guitar, along with Red on drums.
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Radio Therapy - EP Review: Radio Therapy
31 Oct 2019 // A review by Jason Peters
If Pat Benatar and the Foo Fighters had a child it would be called Radio Therapy, that's my first impression of the first couple of tracks on Radio Therapy's second self-titled EP and that's a good thing in my books. Singer Renee Leishman is somewhat of a New Plymouth Rock legend having performed with bands Demon Dolls and 1080 in the past and her vocals in this release are crisp and full of melody, she also helps out the rhythm section by playing bass guitar too, which is impressive.
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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 // A 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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Isla - EP Review: Weirdo
30 Oct 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Hot on the heels of Isla's single release of Kids Like Me, is her new EP Weirdo. This EP follows through with the fresh and quirky sound that we were recently introduced to.
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Black Velvet Butterfly - Single Review: White Lady
29 Oct 2019 // A review by Peter-James Dries
I did wonder what direction Black Velvet Butterfly would take next. After their first single Oh My Goth (O.
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Devilskin - Gig Review: Devilskin @ Hunter Lounge, Wellington - 24/10/2019
27 Oct 2019 // A review by Tony McDonald
24th October @ The Hunter Lounge in Wellington and Black Smoke Trigger emerge to a packed out venue. Flashing lights, smoke, the smell of alcohol and a vocal crowd were there to greet them.
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Miss Used - Gig Review: Miss Used @ Ophir Street, Auckland - 26/10/2019
26 Oct 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Miss Used is a group that you should take notice of. Powerful, driving rhythms are just one part of their blues rock influenced sound.
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Albi & The Wolves - Gig Review: Albi and the Wolves @ Room Twenty5, Nelson
26 Oct 2019 // A review by jacquiew
Auckland-based trio Albi and the Wolves have made a real impression on the festival scene both here and overseas, especially since their Best Folk Artist of the Year Tui Award win in 2018. Just days ago, the group were named in the line-up for WOMAD 2020, a well-deserved nod for the very hardworking and talented Chris Dent, Micheal Young, and Pascal Roggen.
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The Impending Adorations - Album Review: Alliances 1: A Handful Of Dust
26 Oct 2019 // A review by Mike Alexander
Just a month after delivering the latest The Impending Adorations album, Allies, Paul McLaney announced, via Facebook, “a big day in music” with the release of the single Loose Ends by Her Own Medicine, a band of which he is a member, and the EP Alliances 1: A Handful Of Dust, a collaboration with Jakob guitarist Jeff Boyle. The Alliances EP is a game-changer in so far as it is a welcome return to recording for Boyle (he’s apparently working on another Jakob album) and suggests that McLaney will also be working with kindred souls on other collaborations.
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Georgia Lines - Single/Video Review: Never Had Love
24 Oct 2019 // A review by Erica McQueen
Never Had Love is the sophomore single from Tauranga local, George. Co-written by Shannon Fowler (Tom Lark) and Mark Perkins (Merk), it’s another taster of her forthcoming debut EP.
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Coridian - Single Review: Rite of Passage
24 Oct 2019 // A review by Shade
Home.Adverb - deep; to the heart.
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Lexytron - Single Review: Couples
24 Oct 2019 // A review by emilyriordan
Auckland singer-songwriter Lexytron’s fourth single Couples is a catchy, upbeat song about the loneliness that singledom can bring. Lexytron says “sometimes being alone is liberating but sometimes it downright sucks”, and Couples embraces the downright suck side of being alone, in a song with a much lighter feel than her releases to date.
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The Kendals - Single Review: Mistakes
24 Oct 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Auckland three-piece pop group The Kendals have released their second single Mistakes. An atmospheric analogue sounding track with a distinctive synth-pop sound.
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TOOMS - Single Review: Greatest Hits
23 Oct 2019 // A 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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The Impending Adorations - Album Review: Allies
23 Oct 2019 // A review by Mike Alexander
Paul McLaney is one of those artists who never fails to get me where I’m most vulnerable, least alive and yet open to the possibility of being transported somewhere beyond myself. I’ve been listening to Allies, his latest release as Impending Adorations, while attempting to rediscover a new purpose in an old life.
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Steve Starke Music - Single Review: Hope is a Universe
23 Oct 2019 // A review by Peter-James Dries
Like Peter Weller’s Buckaroo Banzai - neurosurgeon, rockstar, and experimental hypersonic vehicle pilot - Steve Starke is a man of many talents. Crack realtor by day, hit musician on other days, nights, and probably weekends.
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Tami Neilson - Gig Review: Tami Neilson @ Nelson Arts Festival - 21/10/2019
22 Oct 2019 // A review by jacquiew
Tami Neilson is outrageously excellent. Her voice is full, powerful, nuanced and rich.
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Isla - Single Review: Kids Like Me
21 Oct 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Auckland based indie/folk singer songwriter Isla has just released a catchy new single, Kids Like Me. She is the new "kid" on the block adding a fresh funky twist to the NZ indie pop/folk scene.
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Bleeders - Single Review: Darkness Falls
21 Oct 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
Back in 2003 I was helping out at the now defunct Brewers Bar in Mount Maunganui. Fresh to NZ I was keen to see what music was on offer.
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Devilskin - Gig Review: Devilskin @ Powerstation, Auckland - 19/10/2019
20 Oct 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Rock is alive in well. The sea of black was ready for rock at the Powerstation tonight.
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Ginzu and the Steak Knives - Album Review: Kavanak
19 Oct 2019 // A 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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Pitch Black - Gig Review: Pitch Black @ Neck of the Woods, Auckland - 17/10/2019
18 Oct 2019 // A review by Lou Clement
The legendary Christchurch act Pitch Black whipped up an electronica storm at Neck of Woods, Auckland on their Third Light Tour on 17 October 2019. Taking the audience with them on a visual and musical journey, the duo kicked off their international tour, with this, their first date of twelve, which will take them to London, Amsterdam and Berlin over the coming months.
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Ashley Alexander - Single/Video Review: Nicotine
18 Oct 2019 // A review by emilyriordan
Paraparaumu’s Ashley Alexander introduces his second single, Nicotine, a jazzy, slickly produced number accompanied by a delightful music video.Following up from debut single Best Song, Nicotine builds on Ashley’s funky sound with a piano-centric arrangement featuring lush backing vocals and infectious beats.
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Blu Fish - Single Review: Up/Down
18 Oct 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
We all go through it. The ups and downs of this beautiful thing we call life.
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The Response - Single Review: Picture Undefined
17 Oct 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
The Response’s new song Picture Undefined is a blend of pop, alt rock and electronic music that works brilliantly. The guitar tone, the way it’s played and how the effects are layered help build an atmosphere which is wonderfully captured in the video shot by Johnny Knopp.
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ABRZY - Single Review: Isolation
17 Oct 2019 // A review by Kerry Kingi
The latest single by hip-hop rapper ABRZY is called Isolation. Starting off with some interesting snyth guitar sounds on the intro, ABRZY's vocals have a clean rapping style, reminiscent of the late 2010's new hip-hop sound.
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Alae - Single/Video Review: Hit Me Where It Hurts
17 Oct 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Starting out as a two piece in 2016, Alae co-founders Alex Farrell-Davey and Allister Meffan made a big impact on the NZ music industry with their “intimate folk inspired sounds”. Recently adding to the mix are Jayden Lee on drums and bassist Marika Hodgson.
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Oh Sweet Nothings - EP Review: Emergency Procedures
17 Oct 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Oh Sweet Nothings are a Wellington based student band who describes themselves as “indie/post-alternative/post-post-punk 3-sometimes-4 piece project”. They have just released their debut EP, Emergency Procedures, which took four years in the making; it is a precursor and little teaser to the band’s full length album which will possibly be released mid-2020.
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B.A.D.S - EP Review: A.I.R 01
16 Oct 2019 // A review by Brendan McCarthy
Wellington band B.A.
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Proximity - Double Single Review: Odyssey and Picnic at Midnight
16 Oct 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
Fresh-faced talent from Howick College in Auckland’s Eastern suburbs, three-piece rock band Proximity have come out firing on their debut double-single Odyssey and Picnic at Midnight. On these first two tracks, Proximity demonstrate a tight, lean, clear, concise, no-nonsense songwriting maturity that seemingly defies their youth.
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Goodspace - EP Review: Goodspace
16 Oct 2019 // A review by DemonsDigest
Hailing from Auckland, there isn’t a lot of information online about the lo-fi, indie rock band that calls themselves Goodspace, aside from the fact that it is made up of band members Jeff on vocals and guitar, Lloyd on vocals and bass and Nick on drums. I could see that their lack of an online presence could play into their favour, because it means in order to get to know them you would need to listen to their interviews or go to their shows (smart move), and therefore get to know them on a more personal level.
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Kaosis - Album Review: Hitech - Lowlife
15 Oct 2019 // A 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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City of Souls - Single Review: Ferryman
15 Oct 2019 // A review by Lexa.Dixon
The boys from City of Souls have smashed it out of the park again; this time releasing another stunningly epic track Ferryman; and just like their previous releases, Ferryman has its own impressive feel to it.This is a track that you can quite easily get behind right from the very beginning with an instrumental intro that is both captivating and inspiring, while encouraging you to head bang and rock along.
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Streakers - Single Review: Saturated
14 Oct 2019 // A review by Kris Raven
Christchurch 3 Piece Alternative Rock and roll machine Streakers have recently dropped their new single Saturated. The song takes me back to the 90’s, with the sounds of big chunky guitar riffs, pounding Grohl-esque drums and unique vocal stylings.
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Mermaidens - Gig Review: Mermaidens @ The Cook, Dunedin - 12/10/2019
14 Oct 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Soaked Oats took to the stage shortly after 9.30pm, opening with the dreamy tune Don't Chew, which flowed over the half full Captain Cook crowd like a perfect wave, with surfers taking turns dropping into its face.
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Black Pug - Single Review: My Enemies
11 Oct 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
Black Pug, the pseudonym of solo/multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Mo Ackermann, is a one-man punk/rock/metal band from Queenstown. With Mo handling all tracking, singing, and recording duties, the music of Black Pug is a true representation of Mo’s uncompromised vision.
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Repairs - Split EP Review: Repairs & Flogging a Dead One Horse Town
10 Oct 2019 // A 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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The Lost Boys - Single Review: Hook, Line And Sinker
08 Oct 2019 // A review by Carl Hayman
I was absolutely gutted this morning to see two of my favourite bands are coming to NZ this December while I'm out of the country; Bad Religion and Frenzal Rhomb. I started hunting through playlists on Spotify and ended up listening to some of my favourite Kiwi punk/pop/rock acts from years gone by.
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The Kendals - Single Review: Passion
08 Oct 2019 // A review by emilyriordan
Auckland three-piece The Kendals have released their debut single Passion, a dreamy synth-pop track looking at the experience of falling in love from a different angle. The Kendals are Lucia Zara, Michael Redwood, and James Dalton.
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Erik Graham - Single Review: If I
07 Oct 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
New Zealand based singer, songwriter, musician and record producer Erik Graham is a man of many talents, who has also been described as a skilled guitar player. His latest single release If I is a heartfelt track with beautiful lyrics and strong vocals, recorded under his own record label Headcage.
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Molly Devine - EP Review: Rain in the River
05 Oct 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Dunedin contemporary vocalist Molly Devine has been entertaining Dunedin crowds for a few years now, sharing stages with Martin Phillipps, Anna Leese, the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, and more in the Tally Ho series of concerts, as well as playing her own shows at many local bars. She’s just released a four song EP, Rain In The River, which signals a slight shift in musical direction for her.
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Cruddy - Single Review: I Hear Sirens
05 Oct 2019 // A review by Peter-James Dries
September has come and passed, and you know what that means? It’s time to wake up that guy from Green Day, and for the next edition in Cruddy’s song-a-month musical odyssey (of which September brought us two!
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Gold Medal Famous - Album Review: Gold Medal Famous
04 Oct 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
This is a dark way to start a review but I am sure the members of Gold Medal Famous, and especially Vorn Colgan, who has unfortunately been diagnosed with terminal cancer will understand.After all, this is a band who defies convention and often tackle dark and disturbing subjects with brutal clarity and honesty.
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Troy Kingi - Gig Review: Troy Kingi @ The Tuning Fork, Auckland - 26/09/2019
04 Oct 2019 // A review by Lou Clement
Troy Kingi delivered a mash up of reggae, funk and soul as he debuted an album of politically laced tracks and performed for an enthusiastic crowd at the Tuning Fork in Auckland. This was the first of a three date New Zealand tour, following the release of his latest album Holy Colony Burning Acres and tonight he played to a sold out crowd.
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Lhasa - EP Review: Birdsong
03 Oct 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Lhasa's Birdsong EP is just four songs, but it’s a clear case of 'all killer no filler'. The EP opens with the title track, Birdsong, and right from the get-go the crisp capturing of excellent performances is apparent.
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Corduroy. - EP Review: Good Intentions
03 Oct 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Corduroy.’s new EP is a journey through that demonstrates the bands ability to write catchy songs that are also deep and entertaining.
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Arrays - Single Review: The Enemy
03 Oct 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
The Enemy is the new track from Arrays, the studio project headed up by JP Carroll. One of the most important elements of rock is to have a riff that stands out and cuts clear through the mix so you get a feel for the song.
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Violet Highway - Single Review: Shake My Head
03 Oct 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Violet Highway’s new song Shake My Head had me smiling. It’s nice and exciting to hear a band having fun and giving a nod to some of my favourite artists (which will remain anonymous).
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Paige - Single Review: Bloom
03 Oct 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Paige’s new song Bloom is like a throwback to some of the best RnB songs from the 2000's while still maintaining a modern feel to it thanks to its slick production. Tight vocals are front and centre here, but do not let that get in way to hear the exceptional instrumental track in the back.
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James Reid - Gig Review: James Reid @ 4th Wall Theatre, New Plymouth - 18/09/2019
29 Sep 2019 // A review by emilyriordan
On a quiet Wednesday night, singer-songwriter James Reid (best known as the frontman of Kiwi icons The Feelers) brings his Songbook Tour to the 4th Wall Theatre in New Plymouth.The theatre is packed and the stage is set sparsely with a chair, an amp, two guitars, and a songbook on a stand.
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Grey Skies Over Rapture - Album Review: Grey Skies Over Rapture
28 Sep 2019 // A review by River Tucker
If you like your death metal laced with elements of thrash and razor sharp axes merged with unrelenting rhythms, the debut self-titled album Grey Skies Over Rapture is the release you’re looking for. It has a little bit of everything that makes the death metal genre great!
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Odds & Ends - Single Review: City of Sails
28 Sep 2019 // A review by Lexa.Dixon
Odds & Ends have just released their latest breath-taking track, City of Sails, and just like their last track, Tasty, this is another one of those feel good tracks that make you want to groove. These young lads have some remarkable music skills!
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Coridian - Gig Review: Coridian @ Anthology, Auckland - 20/09/2019
27 Sep 2019 // A review by Jason Peters
I'd heard about Anthology as a new venue a couple of months back, and any new venues in Auckland that local artists can play after the demise of the legendary Kings Arms are always welcome. My buddy and I were greeted at the door by two friendly bearded characters that turned out to be the drummer and guitarist of the headline act.
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Phil Stoodley - Single Review: Long Way from Home
26 Sep 2019 // A review by Andrew Smit
New Zealand singer-songwriter Phil Stoodley is a travelling Kiwi musician of some note and he has created a most beautiful song and video clip for his new single Long Way From Home, which shows off his singing and song writing skill spectacularly. The track sounds so good, the recording is impressively immaculate yet still warm and full of character.
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Medusa Glare - Single Review: A Mind Reborn
26 Sep 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Medusa Glare. Note that down.
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VÏKÆ - Single Review: Truth
26 Sep 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Ukrainian born New Zealand vocalist and songwriter Vikae, also known as Veronika Bell, was based in Dunedin performing in a duo called VTMNK, until her Auckland home called. Truth is the first single from Vikae, and it opens with atmospheric air noises before Bell’s crystal clear voice chimes in with the first verse: "Run run run, I fall into nothing, dreaming of falling who am I becoming?
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Danny McCrum - Album Review: Hustle Bustle
26 Sep 2019 // A review by Brendan McCarthy
Reviewing an album is both a pleasure and a responsibility so I wanted to take my time to really listen to this body of work and ensure that I gave it my honest thoughts. The very act of listening to twelve tracks in a row from the same artist is not common behaviour for myself or conceivably any of us these days.
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Lakius - Single Review: Kaos High
25 Sep 2019 // A review by Kris Raven
Auckland 3-piece metal outfit Lakius have recently dropped their second single Kaos High, which is currently available in all the usual places. Formed from the ashes of long standing Kiwi metal act Broken Season, they have delivered a raw, aggressive and pummeling slab of 90’s influenced heavy music in the form of Kaos High.
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Channeled - Album Review: Channeled
24 Sep 2019 // A review by Steve Shyu
Ben Ruegg, a fellow contributor to Muzic.net.
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Tom Ashman - Album Review: Degenerate
24 Sep 2019 // A 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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James Reid - Gig Review: James Reid @ Totara St, Mt Maunganui - 21/09/2019
23 Sep 2019 // A review by Brendan McCarthy
A good size crowd of approximately 150 people resisted the temptation to sit at home and wait for the All Blacks to take over the nation, preferring to populate the magnificent Totara St venue for an intimate show by James Reid on the Tauranga section his solo Songbook Tour. With no need for support acts in this laid back style of event, James was onstage early at a very respectable 9pm and he immediately set the tone of the evening by tweaking with his guitar setup and making random jokes with the audience thus making everyone feel relaxed and welcome.
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JessB - Gig Review: JessB @ Raynham Park, Auckland
22 Sep 2019 // A review by Lou Clement
Artist JessB hit Auckland’s Raynham Park late on a Saturday night in September completing the third and final date of her New Views tour, following dates in Wellington and Christchurch. Special guests for the evening were Silva MC, Vayne and {half.
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Ghost Who Walks - Gig Review: Ghost Who Walks @ San Fran, Wellington - 14/09/2019
22 Sep 2019 // A review by Lou Clement
The venue was buzzing and continued to fill as the DJ warmed up the Saturday night crowd at Wellington’s famous music venue San Fran. On tonight’s bill was headline homegrown act Ghost Who Walks.
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Tommy and The Fallen Horses - Album Review: OpenHearts
19 Sep 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Wellington band Tommy and the Fallen Horses have just released a new album OpenHearts after a 5-year hiatus. The band is firmly straddling the Alt-Country, and Folk-Rock genres and are being hailed as one of the most compelling groups to emerge from New Zealand’s rich musical landscape in the past decade.
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Ginzu and the Steak Knives - Single/Video Review: Edge Of The Universe
18 Sep 2019 // A review by Carl Hayman
This morning I got the pleasure of being one of the very first people to see the latest release from Ginzu and the Steak Knives – Edge Of The Universe. The second that you see a guy tied up on a chair inside a Pentacle, you know you are in for a treat.
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Sex Beard - Single Review: Undress for Success
18 Sep 2019 // A review by Kris Raven
One of Christchurch’s (possibly the only) most notorious sexiest bearded quartets Sex Beard have just released their follow up single to Hauraki Radio’s Anthem Wakachangi Baby entitled Undress for Success. A song that is perfect for busting out your hip swinging moves, drinking a beer, rocking out and singing loud.
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Miss June - Album Review: Bad Luck Party
17 Sep 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
Where do I even start? OK let’s start at a Foo Fighters gig where the sound was shite and the atmosphere was way more sterile than the toilets.
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Adam Hattaway and The Haunters - Album Review: Crying Lessons
17 Sep 2019 // A review by jacquiew
Crying Lessons is a ripper of a second album from Adam Hattaway and the Haunters. Full of sass, soul, and purr it veers from 1960's Ray Columbus and the Invaders territory in Until The Right Time to my hands-down favourite the rollicking Rolling Stones-esque good time that is Heartbreak Heart.
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Mudbelly - Single Review: Crooked Magic
17 Sep 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Christchurch four-piece blues rock band Hypnumb have released a gutsy new single entitled Crooked Magic. A strong grungy, bluesy classic rock number that is indeed magic.
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L.A.B. - Single Review: Personify
17 Sep 2019 // A review by Jason Peters
L.A.
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Al Fraser, Sam Leamy and Neil Johnstone - Album Review: Panthalassa
17 Sep 2019 // A review by Trevor Faville
This trio of highly experienced creators (aided by an impressive cast of guest contributors) have created a suite of sonic explorations with quite clear ‘‘abstract and impressionist” intent. The attendant press notes explain in detail the scope, intent and process of this work.
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Seismic State - EP Review: State of Things
17 Sep 2019 // A review by Lexa.Dixon
Wellington four-piece band Seismic State have just released their first EP State of Things, and if this is what they sound like, they have a big and bright future ahead of them. State of Things is an outstanding four-track EP, with each and every song giving a little bit more oomph than the previous track.
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Tempist Fujit - Single Review: Home
16 Sep 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
Hailing from Northland, alternative rock four-piece Tempist Fujit—their name a clever play on the Latin phrase tempus fugit, often translated to “time flies” - have been kicking around for a number of years now. Indeed, they have already released their debut album, Time Flies, in 2018.
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Iris - Single Review: Foresight
16 Sep 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Young singer/songwriter Iris originally from Napier is the dazzling new Kiwi pop star on the scene getting a lot of attention with her latest single release Foresight. Alongside her business partner Charles Lutman, Iris often co-produces her songs which she herself writes.
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Timothy Blackman - Album Review: Brightest Days
16 Sep 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Wellington recording artist Timothy Blackman (Home Alone Music) has released his first new album in eight years. Ten tracks of calm contemplation and personal reflection Brightest Days can be described as a Lo-fi Refreshing and honest LP.
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Tiny Ruins - Gig Review: Tiny Ruins with Jen Cloher @ Town Hall, Port Chalmers - 14/09/2019
15 Sep 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Port Chalmers; an industrial port and one-time place to buy cheap real-estate, making it a hub for many a Dunedin musician. One could argue, Port Chalmers is the home of the ‘Dunedin sound’.
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The Echo Ohs - EP Review: Wild Weeds
11 Sep 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Man, I love music. I love how it can take me back to different memories, times in my life and past experiences.
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Marina Bloom and Moving Stuff - Single Review: Greetings from Sydney
11 Sep 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
In her latest track, Greetings From Sydney, Marina Bloom paints a delicate picture about the feelings of longing to spending time with another. It is an instant classic that ebbs and flows with dynamic.
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The First Child - Single Review: Vore
11 Sep 2019 // A review by Kris Raven
Auckland 5 piece REI (not to be confused with Rei the NZ Hip-Hop artist) have just released their debut single Vore. Crossing genre lines by blending mathcore and emo is no easy feat but this is an example of original fusion done well and sounding unique.
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Jarni Blair - EP Review: Sparkle In My Eye
10 Sep 2019 // A review by DemonsDigest
Originally hailing from Dunedin Jarni Blair is currently residing in Auckland while trying to further a musical career that started from a young age. Having played in bands throughout his high school career Jarni made the decision (in his last year) to try his hands at a solo career that appears to be drawing a loyal following.
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Jam Henderson - Single Review: Rainbow
10 Sep 2019 // A review by Andrew Smit
Rainbow is a cool little track with a nice funky vibe, the pace is urged along by a bright sparkly guitar that produces a nice upbeat feel. The guitar delivers a splash of spritely sound that provides a nice contrast to the laid-back tuneful vocals that flow effortlessly through the track.
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Glow Becky - Single Review: Fade Back
10 Sep 2019 // A review by Carl Hayman
For the last couple of years, a previous bandmate and good friend Nate has been telling me about this awesome rock band called Glow Becky that I have to hear. The team at Muzic.
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Bittercup - Single Review: Napkin
09 Sep 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
I am a bit of a Punk Rock fan, so much so I went and joined a Post Punk band. I am not easily offended and pretty much reckon I have heard it all (or close to it), so I rubbed my hands in glee about New Plymouth band Bittercup's single release for Napkin.
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Royal Jackets - EP Review: ...Again
09 Sep 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
Music should never fit in a box. It should refuse to be pigeon-holed.
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Holloway Holiday - Single Review: Here Comes Glitterboy
06 Sep 2019 // A review by Tony McDonald
When something this powerful, upbeat and energetic comes along you have to stand up and take notice. Holloway Holiday have released a fantastic new single called Here Comes Glitterboy, and it comes complete with funky digital sounds and a mix of real and electronic drums which work amazingly well together.
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Avantdale Bowling Club - Gig Review: Avantdale Bowling Club @ Powerstation, Auckland - 24/08/2019
05 Sep 2019 // A review by rupakelly
Avantdale Bowling Club, the project of Homebrew frontman Tom Scott released one of the best records of 2018. A personal, soul rending piece that spoke of West Auckland based Scott’s experiences with getting older, losing friends and the love of his newborn son.
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Katie Thompson - Album Review: Bittersweet
05 Sep 2019 // A review by jacindaeve
Bittersweet represents Katie Thompson’s return to recorded music after an eight-year hiatus - bittersweet in itself. Here Thompson presents a more developed and mature aesthetic than her previous releases.
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Tablefox - Single Review: Always Always
05 Sep 2019 // A review by Trevor Faville
Tablefox have been on a career climb since 2013, steadily building momentum with some notable live gigs and recorded work. Along the way the group has grown from three to five and their sound has evolved in scope and focus as a result.
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Concord Dawn - Gig Review: Concord Dawn @ Yot Club, Raglan - 30/08/2019
04 Sep 2019 // A review by Kerry Kingi
NZ Drum and Bass Legends Concord Dawn re-united for a 20th Anniversary tour around NZ and Rarotonga where Evan (Kiljoy) currently resides. Kiljoy has recently released new music on Digital's label Function Records, and it was very exciting to finally hear some new music from Concord Dawn when they released their newest EP 1999 last month in celebration of 20 years of Concord Dawn.
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Odds & Ends - Single Review: Tasty
04 Sep 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
Tasty, the debut single from Auckland-based rock band Odds & Ends is exactly that. Bursting out of the starting line with a confident, tight, phat, and funky groove, it takes literally seconds before I feel my body moving along with it.
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Black Velvet Butterfly - Single Review: O.M.G. (Oh My Goth)
03 Sep 2019 // A review by Peter-James Dries
Do they still have clearly demarcated sub-cultures in this post-Hipster world? Are there still Goths, Nerds, Jocks, and the women who love them?
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Abby Christo - Single Review: Body Language
02 Sep 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Since finishing seventh on The X Factor New Zealand in 2015, former Mae Valley girl and Singer-Songwriter Abby Christo has been busy establishing her own musical direction and identity. Her latest single release is Body Language, a catchy, emotional Country Pop song.
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Investigator - Single Review: I Go Crazy
02 Sep 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
Investigator, the pseudonym of Auckland-based singer/songwriter/producer Adrian Drew, has just released I Go Crazy, a collaboration with ex-Fast Crew member Jerome Fortune. This newest single follows up last year’s EP, continuing to highlight an obvious love of retro-infused-rock-guitars, electronic-flourishes, deep-driving-bass, and big-dancey-old-school-hip-hop-inspired beats.
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Gig Review: The Others Way Festival @ K'Road, Auckland - 30/08/2019
01 Sep 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
K Rd is electric! Even Tesla has opened up its Auckland branch on Auckland’s most (in)famous street.
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The RVMES - Single Review: Callin' My Name
31 Aug 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Context. It is everything.
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Albi & The Wolves - Gig Review: Albi and the Wolves @ Nivara Lounge, Hamilton - 23/08/2019
30 Aug 2019 // A review by Trevor Faville
There is a group of New Zealand musicians who are really putting in some time around the touring circuit at the moment. It's cliche to describe them as ‘hard working’ - that's glib and a redundancy - but certainly, the work is getting done and it is showing in terms of their successes.
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Bianca Isabel - Single Review: Hypocrite
29 Aug 2019 // A 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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Mojo Alice - Album Review: Liquid Sin
29 Aug 2019 // A review by Peter-James Dries
This is the music that formed me, but I lost my relevance over a decade ago. In the same way the trickle-down model of wealth means those at the bottom get a kick to the teeth with a leather dress shoe, or how topping up your parent’s bourbon with water gradually dilutes the bottle, the music of each generation after the golden age of rock has progressively devolved.
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Seas of Conflict - Single Review: Prometheus/Eventide
28 Aug 2019 // A review by Kris Raven
For anyone familiar with Seas of Conflict’s live shows, you will know that throughout the last year Prometheus has been the song that has been leaving fans in awe, pummelled by its sheer brutality. It is one of their heaviest songs to date and a crowd favourite with many people eagerly waiting for the song to be recorded.
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Raiza Biza - Single Review: Stolen Youth
28 Aug 2019 // A review by Kerry Kingi
“I was woken one day by the truth, those demons tried to steal my youth”Here's the latest offering from Raiza Biza - the first track from his upcoming album - Stolen Youth. Beginning with Raiza's vocals and a sweet sounding guitar melody, this song is deep and sung from the soul.
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Pale Lady - Single Review: Never Gonna Be This Way Again
27 Aug 2019 // A review by Jason Peters
Winners of the 2017 National Battle Of The Bands Pale Lady hit us with their latest creation called Never Gonna Be This Way Again. I can see why they won that competition because these young fellas know how to craft a tune and they're all kick ass at their chosen instruments.
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Zane Nathan - Single Review: Somethings
26 Aug 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Malaysian born young New Zealand singer/songwriter Zane Nathan has just released his brand new original single, which is accompanied by a lyric video; Somethings. The song has a somewhat theatrical sound to it, which would not be out of place on a Disney musical soundtrack.
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ABRZY - Single Review: For My Dogs
25 Aug 2019 // A review by Kerry Kingi
For My Dogs is the latest track from ABRZY, featuring Mather Be. The track starts off with a vibing synth sound with a resounding intro.
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Kings - Gig Review: Kings @ The Tuning Fork, Auckland - 24/08/2019
25 Aug 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
If you had told me that the ‘sold out’ Kings show at the Tuning Fork in Auckland was the last date on his very first tour, I would have probably slapped you. Why?
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Hollie Smith - Gig Review: Hollie Smith @ The Playhouse, Nelson - 22/09/2019
23 Aug 2019 // A review by jacquiew
Hollie Smith has a lovely voice and is a highly-regarded singer known to many for her work with TrinityRoots and Fly My Pretties, and for her vocals on the Don McGlashan penned hit Bathe In The River. Smith has also had significant success in her solo career to date.
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Ommeta - EP Review: Precostal
23 Aug 2019 // A review by River Tucker
Ommeta is the solo project of Auckland based musician and audio engineer, Luke Finlay. His debut release Precostal isn’t just about technical death metal.
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Geoff Ong - Single Review: All The Hours
23 Aug 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Geoff Ong's new single and video is a flashback to so much great 80's sounds, but yet it still sounds fresh like it's from Geoff. His unique approach to pop music is commendable.
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Corduroy. - Single Review: Good Intentions
23 Aug 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Corduroy. are releasing their newest single Good Intentions from their upcoming EP.
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Lake South - Album Review: Wellington - Te Upoko O Te Ika
22 Aug 2019 // A review by Peter-James Dries
I seldom review anything with any degree of commercial appeal, on account of my conscious attempts to avoid overt radio-bate. The music consumed by the masses hasn’t spoken to me for over a decade.
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The Echo Ohs - Single Review: Wild Weeds
19 Aug 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
We live in an age of instant gratification.Wake up.
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n1ghtmar3cat - Album Review: n1ghtmar3cat
19 Aug 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
Better known as the drummer/backing vocalist of Auckland-based rock band Villainy, Dave Johnson has stepped out from behind the kit with his solo electronic music project entitled n1ghtmar3cat. With its sights firmly set on indie-electronica, n1ghtmar3cat’s eponymous debut album is an ambitious, sonically-rewarding, and highly immersive experience.
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Seismic State - Single Review: Since We Last Spoke
19 Aug 2019 // A review by Lexa.Dixon
Wellington is no stranger to the world of rock, and with a slick intro that captivates you from the beginning, Seismic State's new single Since We Last Spoke is nothing short of exceptional.The catchy lyrics and outstanding instrumentals make this one tune that I could listen to over and over again.
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Lil Benjamonious - Single Review: Ride With Me
16 Aug 2019 // A review by Kerry Kingi
Ride With Me is the debut release from Lil Benjamonious, and it hits the ground running with some striking keyboards and smooth synth sounds, as well as an old school bicycle bell ringing in the background.Capturing your attention from the very start, Lil Benjamonious takes a 'go large or go home' approach, making the bass stand out from all of the other musical arrangements.
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Dylan Storey - EP Review: Phobos and Deimos
14 Aug 2019 // A review by jacindaeve
Dylan Storey has earned himself a strong reputation playing with and alongside a number of high profile Auckland fixtures including Bond Street Bridge, The Miltones, and The Bads. His most recent EP Phobos and Deimos adds to an already large body of well-crafted songs, mostly accompanied by a band and presented in an appealingly under-produced fashion.
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Shepherds Reign - Single Review: Legend
14 Aug 2019 // A 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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Hunt The Witch - Gig Review: Hunt the Witch @ The Mayfair, New Plymouth - 20/07/2019
14 Aug 2019 // A review by emilyriordan
Auckland four-piece rock outfit Hunt the Witch brought their 'Strange Gods' tour to New Plymouth’s Mayfair on July 20th, promoting the album of the same name. Strange Gods is Hunt the Witch’s first full-length release, following 2015’s EP Into the Black and 2017’s single Afterburner.
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Albi & The Wolves - Gig Review: Albi & The Wolves @ Kakaramea Hall - 27/07/2019
14 Aug 2019 // A review by emilyriordan
Alt-folk trio Albi & The Wolves, led by vocalist and guitarist Chris Dent, have been making waves throughout New Zealand in the last several years - and for good reason. They brought their show to Kakaramea Hall, just south of Hawera in Taranaki, supported by Swiss-Kiwi loop artist Sonic Delusion.
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Hybrid Rose - EP Review: Awkwardly Eccentric
13 Aug 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Hybrid Rose’s EP, Awkwardly Eccentric, is an enjoyable ride through different emotions. On the opening track Pearl, featuring Jahleel, the passionate lyrics and delivery take this song through different waves of emotion.
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Amanaki - Single Review: Exit Wounds
12 Aug 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
Some music should never be played through shitty little speakers. In fact, I would argue that no music should ever be played through them.
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Late Model European - Album Review: It’s Time
11 Aug 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Life-long best friends John Nelson and Tones Thorburn are a couple of Scottish guys who now live in New Zealand, One in Auckland, the other in Marlborough. Together they make up Late Model European, a band with a sound I would describe as Pop Rock mixed with Classic New Wave.
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Louis Baker - Gig Review: Louis Baker @ Tuning Fork, Auckland - 9/08/2019
09 Aug 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Tight. That would be one of the simplest and most effective ways to describe Louis Baker's sound.
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Mema Wilda - Single Review: Blue
08 Aug 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
Blue, the debut single from singer-songwriter Mema Wilda is an entrancing and intriguing mixture of highly original, yet hauntingly familiar folk-rock. Mema Wilda is a relatively fresh face on the Auckland live-music scene but she has emerged with a mature sound and approach.
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Katie Thompson - Single Review: I Was Once Your Everything
06 Aug 2019 // A review by jacindaeve
Katie Thompson has just released her second single from her upcoming album, Bittersweet. After reviewing the first single, I was intrigued by the potential of the album, which explored a more developed and introspective sound than her past material.
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Rei - Album Review: The Bridge
06 Aug 2019 // A review by James Castady-Kristament
With a music career on a continued upward trajectory, 25 year old musician Rei is reaping the rewards of his hard work and dedication to his craft with his third and latest album The Bridge going to number 1 on the iTunes Hip Hop charts.   Self-belief, positivity and connection to his Maori roots is how I would sum up what Rei is all about.
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Jessy & The Volunteers - Single Review: Phone Face
06 Aug 2019 // A review by Ria Loveder
For lovers of blues, funk and everything else in between, you have found yourself in the right place. Created and grown into a sexy meld of soul and RnB in a basement in Auckland, Jessy & The Volunteers’ have debuted their song and video Phone Face.
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Channeled - Single Review: Deeper
06 Aug 2019 // A review by Shade
Sometimes life gets to the point where we can have trouble standing on our own two feet. The headache-inducing stresses of life can knock the breath right out from our lungs, while we struggle to retain some sense of normality.
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Concord Dawn - EP Review: 1999
02 Aug 2019 // A review by Kerry Kingi
The mighty Concord Dawn have reunited and have been busy in the studio writing a new EP called 1999. It consists of four new tracks; 1999, Surgeon Wobble, Acres and Fenris.
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Outside In - Single Review: Blue Dragon
01 Aug 2019 // A review by Kris Raven
Auckland 5-piece Outside In have just released their third single Blue Dragon from their upcoming debut album. The progressive rock quintet has been busy this year after taking a lengthy sabbatical, reintroducing NZ audiences to their intellectually crafted brand of alternative prog rock.
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David Kilgour - David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights - Single/Video Review: Smoke You Right Out Of Here
31 Jul 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Dunedin’s David Kilgour has a music career longer than a pro basketballer’s arm. At a guess 90% of you know his backstory, so I’m not going to write it her, just google ‘David Kilgour Clean Dunedin’, and you’ll see he’s been one of the most influential songwriters to come out of Dunedin.
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Villainy - Villany @ The Powerstation, Auckland - 27/07/2019
31 Jul 2019 // A review by Lou Clement
The Powerstation was packed and as the clocked ticked on, the anticipation felt almost palpable. Villainy were there to play the last date on their tour, which was named after their new and third album Raised In The Dark, which, four years after the last one, was unleashed into the hands of their fans only three weeks prior.
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Old Loaves - Album Review: Banks
30 Jul 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
Erm, the name Old Loaves conjures up an image of staleness, decay, the end of things. Apparently it was a name that came about as a friend of the band spotted some old loaves in cupboard.
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Written by Wolves - Single Review: Tell Me What You're Running From?
29 Jul 2019 // A review by Shade
There's a lot of crazy in this world - it can test you, put you through all sorts of hardship and adversity, and drain all your energy within minutes. It can feel defeating, overwhelming and downright scary, and sometimes we can feel a very real need to run away.
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First Move - Single Review: One Hundred Percent
28 Jul 2019 // A review by Peter-James Dries
Palmy is a small town. The six degrees of Kevin Bacon is closer to two steps to your local heroes.
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Late Model European - Gig Review: Late Model European @ Anthology Lounge, Auckland - 26/07/2019
28 Jul 2019 // A review by Brendan McCarthy
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of interviewing Late Model European and I was instantly attracted to their professionalism, their genuine love for music and the journey it takes us all on. Following along with the progress of the recording and production of their debut album It’s Time, I jumped at the opportunity to see them perform live.
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Cruddy - Single Review: One Way Please
28 Jul 2019 // A review by Peter-James Dries
It’s been interesting watching this artist explore and develop their style over time. When I last checked in, I think it was around April – the track was Madre Naturaleza, Cruddy was still producing dark industrial sound-scapes.
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Grant Duncan - EP Review: Journey To The High Road
27 Jul 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Grant Duncan’s Journey To The High Road EP follows an album he released a while back. It’s a great follow up, sticking with his style of writing in a country tinged way, while hinting at broadening the styles of music he’s been listening to.
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Quinn The Human - Album Review: Shade Queen
26 Jul 2019 // A review by Jason Peters
Following on from their EP Mission Helsinki released in 2018, Quinn The Human release their first full length album Shade Queen and it doesn’t disappoint. A heady mixture of alternative and dessert rock with sprinkles of trademark Quinn humour and some sweet vocal harmonies to boot.
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Makeshift Parachutes - Single Review: Ferrari Gosling
25 Jul 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
Originally formed in 2013 after a jam session in Houston, Texas, Auckland-based ‘psych-rock’ four-piece Makeshift Parachutes have just released the first single from their upcoming debut album. The intriguingly entitled Ferrari Gosling, is an infectious, time-and-mind-bending, hook-laden, gem of a track.
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Pale Flag - EP Review: Emergence
25 Jul 2019 // A review by Kris Raven
Auckland’s Pale Flag are about to release their debut EP Emergence, which is aptly named considering their already stacked gigging CV. Having released their brutal first single In This Moment, their growing fan base can expect to hear 6 brand new heavy af bangers.
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Marina Bloom and Moving Stuff - Single Review: Lions Fighting In A Church
25 Jul 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Russian born Kiwi singer/songwriter Marina Bloom has just released her extraordinary new single with the impressive title Lions Fighting In A Church. Inspired by epic battles, fairy-tale endings and big love songs such as Bat Out Of Hell by Meatloaf , this is a dramatic and beautiful song which shoots a musical arrow straight to the heart.
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Will Saunders - EP Review: All That Has Ever Been
24 Jul 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Will Saunders’ 5-track EP All That Has Ever Been opens with Come On Down, a raucous indie pop tune, either written from the perspective of a child looking up at a balloon as it floats away, or potentially a person who sees a friend who’s constantly out of it. It’s a ripping song; guitars, drums, words and noises all chugging along at around 100 beats a minute, until the wailing guitar feedback finishes.
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Blue River Baby - Album Review: Blue River Baby
24 Jul 2019 // A 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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Scalper - Scalper x Cisco - EP Review: Tangiers Sessions
23 Jul 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
One of my favourite past-times is ‘crate-digging’, rummaging through the bargain bins for those elusive good albums that sit within. One such day, several years ago, I came across Scalper’s first album Flesh and Bones.
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Troy Kingi - Album Review: Holy Colony Burning Acres
23 Jul 2019 // A review by Jason Peters
The third instalment of Troy Kingi’s 10/10/10 challenge has arrived (ten albums in ten genres over ten years) Holy Colony Burning Acres delves into the dark corners of worldly indigenous issues and politics, following in the footsteps of NZ’s politically charged Herbs and infused with empathetic Marley inspired consciousness. Troy has not only drawn upon issues that affect Maori in his homeland but broadened the narrative palette to include stories and challenges from his indigenous friends globally as well.
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Villainy - Gig Review: Villainy @ San Fran, Wellington - 20/07/2019
22 Jul 2019 // A review by Lexa.Dixon
The night was Saturday, 20th July and a crowd was lined up ready to enter San Fran for a night of their lives, because none other than New Zealand rock legends, Villainy, were about to set the roof on fire! Opening with Raised In The Dark, the crowd was full of energy and it was quickly proven that having Raised In The Dark as the first song of the night was a very wise choice!
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Lucifer Gunne - Gig Review: Lucifer Gunne @ Valhalla, Wellington - 19/07/2019
21 Jul 2019 // A review by Lexa.Dixon
Banding Together: Rock and Metal for Christchurch, a charity event for the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings took place on the 19th of July at a little venue called Valhalla. This event included five of Wellington's most iconic Rock and Metal bands.
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Villainy - Album Review: Raised in the Dark
21 Jul 2019 // A 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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Steph Casey - Album Review: The Seats In My Car
21 Jul 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Steph Casey, the young Kapiti Coast based songwriter and musician has just released her exceptional sophomore album, The Seats In My Car, which is a captivating mix of acoustic guitar and honeyed vocals, backed by an impressive line-up of musicians. Her sound is described as a mix of indie-folk and alt-country.
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Albi & The Wolves - Album Review: This Is War
19 Jul 2019 // A review by jacquiew
This Is War is the second album from Auckland-based, folk-inspired trio Albi and The Wolves and it’s every bit as delightful as you’d expect it to be if you’ve had the pleasure of seeing the group live. Albi and The Wolves have a compelling energy and dynamism to their sound.
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BENEE - EP Review: Fire On Marzz
17 Jul 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Fire On Marzz. This EP is actually on fire.
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Katie Thompson - Single Review: Alcohol and Pills
16 Jul 2019 // A review by jacindaeve
After an 8 year hiatus, folk singer Katie Thompson has returned to recorded music with her soon to be released third album Bittersweet. Teasing the album release, Thompson has released the first single Alcohol and Pills, a cover of a 1997 original by Fred Eaglesmith.
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Gig Review: Grant Haua Trio @ Jack Dusty's, Tauranga - 03/07/2019
16 Jul 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Tauranga’s musical landscape is constantly changing and evolving, new bands morph from old bands, they get bigger and they get smaller. Some of the musicians have been around since the 1970's/80's and some are just starting out, many disappear only to re-emerge years later in a different guise.
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Iveta & Simone - Single Review: L.O.V.E
16 Jul 2019 // A review by Carl Hayman
Iveta & Simone have just dropped their hot new single L.O.
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dDub - Derek Browne - Album Review: Dreaming House
16 Jul 2019 // A review by Jason Peters
Derek Browne - the talented singer and songwriter for dDub, a roots n rock brass infused collective that dominated festivals and airwaves in previous years with successful tunes Hesitate No, Quicksand and Medicine Man, now presents us with his latest and sadly final solo album called Dreaming House. Derek was tragically diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2018 and was told he had a matter of months to live; devastating news but through pure grit, determination and his unwavering love for music Derek set about recording what would be his departing album.
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Dead Beat Boys - EP Review: Very Live
14 Jul 2019 // A review by Tony McDonald
This five-song live punk EP from the Dead Beat Boys is packed with plenty of talent and energy. I was expecting to hear the crowd clapping and screaming, but there is none of that on this EP which was surprising.
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Stan Walker - Single Review: Give
11 Jul 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Stan Walker’s new single Give is a concrete example of how diverse and powerful his vocal ability is. I can feel him, feel his passion for change in our world, and his message about needing to be better yourself in order to see the change that you want to see.
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The Black Seeds - EP Review: Refabricated: Fabric Remixes and Rarities
10 Jul 2019 // A review by jacindaeve
The Black Seeds are a New Zealand household name synonymous with cruisy summer afternoons. Their dub, roots, and reggae influenced sound has earned them an established reputation as masters of the groove - and their latest offering does not disappoint.
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The Hopkinsville Goblins - Album Review: Pink Orange
10 Jul 2019 // A 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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PLUTO - Single/Video review: Oh My Lonely
09 Jul 2019 // A review by Jason Peters
Just when you thought this band were dead and buried, Pluto once again rise from the ashes and hit us with another sweet slice of Kiwi indie alt rock. These guys had two very successful singles from 2005’s album Pipeline Under The Ocean; Long White Cross and Dance Stamina and it’s great to hear almost 15 years later they still haven’t lost their knack for crafting cool pop sonic tunes that retain a groove.
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Danny McCrum - Single Review: Hustle Bustle
09 Jul 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
For those of you who don't know Danny McCrum has been around for a while and had a number of releases and worked with a long list is amazing musicians including Eric Clapton, John Butler Trio and John Mayer, to name drop a few.He lives and breathes his music and also works on a podcast with Bobby Kennedy (OpShop) that is worth checking out called Don't Give Up Your Day Job, as well as running his own entertainment and management company Paper Planes.
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Kings - Single Review: Flex
09 Jul 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Flex is the new single from one of New Zealand's foremost hip-hop star, Kings. The Don't Worry 'Bout It hitmaker continues to prove that he is not just a one-hit wonder and his momentum does not seem to be stopping.
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Bad Jones - Single Review: Soul, No Body
05 Jul 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Bad Jones is a hard rock band from South Auckland aiming to release “the most warped, feral rock n roll record ever to writhe its way out of Aotearoa”, However you will have to contain your excitement until early 2020 for the band’s debut album. In the meantime, check out their first single, Soul, No Body, as it's guaranteed to blast the winter cobwebs away.
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Craig Payne - Album Review: Making History
02 Jul 2019 // A 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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Andrew Masseurs - Album Review: Traveller In The Sky
02 Jul 2019 // A review by jacquiew
Andrew Masseurs’ new album Traveller In The Sky is so good I almost want him to pull a U2-type stunt and add it to everyone’s playlists for free (no just kidding, you need to buy it so Masseurs gets rewarded for his efforts). Masseurs has always had a tremendous voice, but it wasn’t quite matched entirely by his material or production choices on his debut album.
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Louis Baker - Album Review: Open
02 Jul 2019 // A review by jacquiew
Louis Baker’s newest album Open is a lush, sonorous collection of immaculately assembled tracks. Baker’s voice is lovely – it’s clear, poised, and in perfect pitch throughout.
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Manzo - Album Review: Attachment
01 Jul 2019 // A review by Peter-James Dries
The modern music industry has embraced the practice of style over substance for a while now. We could blame streaming, the Netflix generation, or the entitled psychopaths we’ve bred through inattentive parenting, as required by dual income house-holding.
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Manzo - EP Review: Beatniks on Toast
01 Jul 2019 // A review by Peter-James Dries
Like every independent musician, I’ve felt the pain of checking my artist pages to find the first track is still the one with the most plays. I should be reassured that someone has put the effort in to try and listen to something I’ve spend months making.
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The Narcs - Gig Review: The Narcs @ The Jam Factory, Tauranga - 28/06/19
01 Jul 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
It was a chilly evening in Tauranga, but that didn't stop fans of Kiwi music icons, The Narcs from venturing out to what was a sold out performance at The Jam Factory boutique event space in Tauranga. The Narcs have been delivering outstanding pop/rock music since 1980, and still appear to have a dedicated fan base today.
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Troy Kingi - Single Review: Babylon Grows
01 Jul 2019 // A review by Jason Peters
The first I’ve heard of this concept 10/10/10 (ten albums in ten genres over ten years) and it’s a very cool challenge for this talented artist to set, the next installment will be called Holy Colony Burning Acres which delves into the dark corners of worldly indigenous issues and politics, weighty subject matter indeed. First cab off the rank is single/video Babylon Grows.
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Shakes and the Troublemakers - Gig Review: Mid-Winter Shin-Dig @ Waitati Hall, Waitati - 29/06/19
30 Jun 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Waitati is a seaside village 30 minutes’ drive north of Dunedin. It’s a melting pot of alternative life-stylers, academics and a plethora of other folk.
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Little Ripples - Album Review: Rise and Fall
30 Jun 2019 // A review by jacindaeve
Little Ripples, a Northland-based acoustic act, have been busy touring their unique brand of child-centred family folk, bringing their first album to many new fans, and becoming something of a staple for the 95bFM kids show. Their relaxed vibe and acoustic tones immediately conjure feelings of a quiet Sunday at home.
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Mitch James - Gig Review: Mitch James @ Theatre Royal, Nelson - 28/06/2019
29 Jun 2019 // A review by jacquiew
A youthful capacity crowd packed out Nelson’s Theatre Royal to welcome Mitch James as part of his national Bright Blue Skies tour. Seating had been cleared to allow for audience members to stand and dance up close to the band, but the ushers took a dim view of the enthusiasm in the room when it got to the point of people being raised on top of their friends’ shoulders – the venue isn’t quite ready for that kind of crowd just yet.
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Hobnail - Album Review: Boots And All
29 Jun 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Wellington band Hobnail is celebrating 25 years of making music with an album called, Boots and All. The LP spanning the band’s first quarter of a century is out this week and the band is set to tour the country in July.
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BENEE - Gig Review: Benee @ The Powerstation, Auckland - 28/06/2019
28 Jun 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Benee knows how to own the stage. Tonight, playing at a sold-out Powerstation, she commands the stage in baggy pants and a light blue t-shirt.
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Bianca Isabel - Single Review: Lovely Day
28 Jun 2019 // A review by jacindaeve
At the tender age of 15, Bianca Isabel is already a formidable singer and songwriter. Watching her singing for her social media videos under a heavy mane of dark hair, it’s hard not to be reminded of Lorde; New Zealand’s sweetheart turned international artpop princess.
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The Response - Single Review: Tallest Walls
28 Jun 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
Christchurch indie-pop duo The Response have launched their latest single; a 3-minute 40-second slice of crisp, catchy, saccharine-sweet, electro-pop. Tallest Walls is a subtle ear-worm of a song, it grows from slender, minimalistic beginnings into a big, hook-laden chorus that will have your head bobbing, and foot tapping.
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Take Hold - EP Review: Disrepair
27 Jun 2019 // A review by Kris Raven
I have seen Take Hold’s name pop in up various social media circles, posters and events but had not had a chance to check them out. Their debut five song EP Disrepair had me instantly hooked from the first listen, reminding me of past and present melodic hardcore bands from the 00's to the 10's and more recently.
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Tony Lee - Single Review: Substitute
27 Jun 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Tony Lee, originally from Auckland but now residing in Hamilton has delivered some pretty memorable and heartfelt alternative Country Rock tunes over the years. With two albums already under his belt Substitute is the third single to be released from his latest album So Far From The Truth.
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Ahjay Stelino - EP Review: Makes Me Smile
25 Jun 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Ahjay Stelino has written some fantastic songs that require to chill, find a comfy couch and listen to the way the music tells a story in each song. The is a lot of space, dynamically and instrumentally to allow for each song to breath.
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Emily Rice - EP Review: Dusk
24 Jun 2019 // A review by jacquiew
Emily Rice’s EP Dusk is a gentle, beautiful excursion into the world of lovers everywhere. Rice has a voice like warm honey, reminiscent of Bic Runga and Amiria Grenell.
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Eyreton Hall - Album Review: Spaces
24 Jun 2019 // A review by DemonsDigest
I’ve been stuck in a music rut as of late. I’ve been finding myself reviewing the same genre of music for a while now so, I figured I was in drastic need of a change, and boy did I find what I was looking for in folk duo Eyreton Hall.
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The Gemini Effect - Album Review: Bad Alien
21 Jun 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
Auckland-based 3-piece alternative-rock band, The Gemini Effect, have dropped their second burst of blues/grunge/classic-rock on their dynamic second album, Bad Alien. Riffy, melodic and highly catchy, Bad Alien is a diverse slice of strangely-familiar yet highly original alt-rock.
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Dead Favours - Album Review: Misbehaviour
21 Jun 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
Back in 2016 Jared Wrennall stepped out from behind the tub thumping pop/rock masterpiece that was Steriogram, picked up the guitar and got to work on putting together New Zealand’s next chart bothering Rock n Roll machine. Now after 3 years and 3 singles we finally have the full-blown debut album Misbehaviour.
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Levi Lights On Project - Single Review: Eyes of a Child
20 Jun 2019 // A review by jacquiew
Levi Sesega's Lights On Project's new single Eyes of a Child is a refreshing antidote to toxic masculinity. It's got a fantastic message about a man with the strength to face himself and his demons so that he can be reborn and experience redemption as a result.
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Myele Manzanza - Album Review: A Love Requited
19 Jun 2019 // A review by jacquiew
A Love Requited is the third album from drummer and composer Myele Manzanza. Having shared many concert bills with Myele’s Dad, well know percussionist Sam Manzanza, I approached Myele’s album with a high level of interest.
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Sons Of Zion - Single Review: Come Home
19 Jun 2019 // A review by Jason Peters
Come Home is the latest single by rising stars Sons Of Zion, coming off the huge success of previous single Drift Away. This new track sounds a lot like the rambunctious older sister to Drift Away.
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Older - Album Review: Silence
18 Jun 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
It may have taken a few years in the making (four to be exact), but the band from the Waikato with a tight post-punk sound, Older have finally released their original fifteen track debut album Silence. This has been a culmination of years of experience in song writing and producing.
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Alien Weaponry - Gig Review: Alien Weaponry @ Underworld, London -16/06/2019
18 Jun 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
You have got to admire Alien Weaponry’s dedication and commitment. Back in 2016 they said “there is no plan B and that is good as it means we have to deliver on plan A” And deliver is just what they have done.
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ErnieJ White - Album Review: I Know (You Don’t Know Me)
15 Jun 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
If modern soulful electric blues is your thing, this is your album. Right from the first track, it’s different – but it’s still the blues.
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The Snake Behaviour - Album Review: Serpent Psychology
15 Jun 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
Christchurch-based rock band The Snake Behaviour have recently released their debut full-length album entitled Serpent Psychology. Having been familiar with the band’s name, but not their music, I was nervously excited to check this out.
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Randa - Single/Video Review: Rock Bottom
14 Jun 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Randa is back! The new track Rock Bottom is a funky track that will catch you off guard with its catchy hook in the chorus.
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Missy - EP Review: Strange
13 Jun 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
At 25, Missy is someone that you must keep on your radar. From the moment the EP starts, it is evident that Missy means business.
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Soaked Oats - EP Review: Sludge Pop
13 Jun 2019 // A review by Jason Peters
Soaked Oats are a quirky four headed indie beast hailing from the great southern city of Dunedin, a city that’s very well known for its plethora of fine alternative bands over the years, these guys carry on that tradition with their latest offering a 5 track EP called Sludge Pop.Sludge Pop kicks off with opening track Shuggah Doom, I really dig the dreamy guitar tones and laid back vocal delivery on this tune, this one reminds me of the band Pavement, with cool and witty lyrics like “Well it’s no wonder there’s thunder but don’t forget your lighting crew, yes if there’s a film going on then be sure it’s not all about you” the outro picks up the pace and builds into a sweet sonic blast of musical bliss.
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B.A.D.S - Single Review: How Deep the River Runs
12 Jun 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Wellington’s B.A.
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Miss June - Gig Review: Miss June @ The Old Blue Last, London - 11/06/2019
12 Jun 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
Tonight just blew my mind.Here I am in London town and just checked into one of the funkiest/quirkiest (usually code word for SHITE on booking.
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Sonic Delusion - Album Review: Anything Goes
11 Jun 2019 // A review by Andrew Smit
What a wonderfully positive experience it was to review Sonic Delusion's new album Anything Goes. 10 tracks of splendidly good tunes that make you feel good, with catchy grooves and upbeat rhythms, the music is best described as a kind of funky folk pop but with extra fizz, and sparkle, that is so easy to enjoy.
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Human Confusion - Single Review: Overwhelmed
07 Jun 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
Human Confusion, a Dunedin-based electronica duo, have recently released three separate, distinct, and musically diverse versions of their first single entitled Overwhelmed. Comprised of seasoned musicians Miriam Leslie (Spinster/Fray) and Elenor Rayner (Robots in Love), Human Confusion describe themselves as a “perfect mix of dance-worthy grooves and rich melodies”.
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Blue River Baby - Single Review: Blue River Baby
06 Jun 2019 // A review by Trevor Faville
The hard working Wellington based 'electric psychedelic soul and funk rock' ensemble Blue River Baby have released their self-titled and third single as a video. Blue River Baby clearly has the same evolution as Walk of Shame and Black Yard Town.
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Tryptofunk - Album Review: Tranzendent Sheeeiit
04 Jun 2019 // A review by Jason Peters
Tryptofunk open up their latest offering with album title track Tranzendent Sheeeiit, with a De La Soul vibe, slick production and catchy soul chorus, it guides the listener into this album very nicely and with some trademark Tryptofunk humour thrown in for good measure. Track two Freak The Funk Out steps up the pace with its groovy funky bass line.
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Peyton Morete - Single Review: Am I Blind To Love
04 Jun 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Sixteen year old Peyton Morete from The Kapiti Coast, is a singer-songwriter who has been making music since she was nine. This is her new single; Am I Blind To Love, and it is a stunning representation of her hard work and dedication to her music.
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Checaine - Single/Video Review: Lead Not Follow
04 Jun 2019 // A review by Jason Peters
They may have filmed their video in a garage, but Checaine are definitely not a garage rock band. Their latest single Lead Not Follow opens with a grunty riff and right from the get-go these guys obviously mean business.
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Claudia Jardine - EP Review: North
03 Jun 2019 // A review by jacquiew
North is a literal breath of fresh air from Claudia Jardine, and it's very ably assisted by producer, multi-instrumentalist, and backing vocalist Taavi Paomets.The title track North leads the charge, setting the expectation of clear yet lush production values for the five-track offering from Jardine.
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Bailey Wiley - EP Review: Bailey Wiley
03 Jun 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
The Bailey Wiley EP is a fresh sound my ears needed to hear. To me, it feels totally inspired by the 90's soul and funk music of New Zealand.
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SHAYNA - Single Review: I Know
03 Jun 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
There is something about modern pop music that seems to resonate with so many people. I'm not entirely sure if it is to do with the general similarity between each pop hit that fills the airwaves that gives the listener that sense of 'having heard it before', or if it the lyrical content that, in most cases, is about getting drunk, regretting it and then singing about it.
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River - EP Review: Endless Winter
03 Jun 2019 // A review by Peter-James Dries
I’m really glad music like this is still getting made. As a former bedroom rock star, borderline agoraphobic, and closet Goth, I appreciate the art form.
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Hallelujah Picassos - Album Review: Voices of Exuberant Hellhounds
01 Jun 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Hailing from the late 1980's, Hallelujah Picassos have a bunch of history, having released a mini album on cassette in 1989. Fast forward to 2019 the band’s 5th album Voices of Exuberant Hellhounds follows reissues in 2011/2012, which saw Hallelujah Picassos returned to the live scene, playing a handful of shows with the likes of The Drab Doo Riffs and Labretta Suede and the Motel Six.
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Beastwars - Album Review: IV
01 Jun 2019 // A review by Matt Mutinous
Sludge bands are few and far between in New Zealand and one of our best and highly regarded have unexpectedly made a return with a brand new eight-track album. Nominated for best rock album at the 2011 New Zealand Music Awards and after an almost a two-year hiatus in which, singer Matt Hyde managed to fight off Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Wellington heavyweight's Beastwars are back in 2019 with the release of their fourth studio album aptly titled IV.
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Before The Snooze - EP Review: That’s A Fact!
30 May 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Dunedin based band Before The Snooze have just released their 4 track debut EP That’s A Fact. A relative newcomer to the NZ music scene, the band formed in early 2018 producing a sound which has been described as indie guitar jangle.
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Kahika - EP Review: Mosaic
27 May 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
Based in Auckland, Melbourne, and London, Kahika is a group of three Kiwi musicians, who have just released their most recent EP entitled Mosaic. Tentatively described as acoustic-electronica, Kahika note that the EP was largely written in snow-covered Denmark, and it is these echoes of a secluded, snow-blanketed cottage that reverberate throughout the EP, providing a sense of warmth, comfort, within a white, snowy vastness.
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Lakius - Single Review: Student Of Fools
24 May 2019 // A review by Carl Hayman
I haven’t reviewed anything heavy for a while, so I was pretty lucky to get handed the brand new single by Lakius. Broken Season has been one of my favourite Kiwi heavy (very heavy) rock/metal acts for ages, and Lakius is the sequel born from what Broken Season used to be.
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Kong Fooey - Album Review: Feel The Love
24 May 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Auckland based group Kong Fooey have just dropped Feel The Love, an epic new eleven track album jammed full of sweet electro beats and cracking Funky House. How many bands can say their first gig was playing for 12,000 people before Supergroove  hit the stage?
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Jason McIver Collective - Single Review: We Change
23 May 2019 // A review by Carl Hayman
I’ve been following The Jason McIver Collective for a few years now; I met Jason a few years ago at one of my own gigs, and then had the privilege of reviewing another project of his If He Dies He Dies, then got finally got to see him play solo at the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge last year. This latest release from The JMC is titled We Change and it’s a bloody solid tune.
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AceTones - EP Review: More Ace!
22 May 2019 // A review by J_Plates
Veteran eight-piece Ska ensemble AceTones follow up from their 2015 self-titled debut with their latest 6 track EP aptly titled More Ace!, and it’s filled to the brim with skank’n grooves and crunchy horn lines.
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Animalhead - Single Review: Stone Face Killer
22 May 2019 // A review by Kris Raven
Auckland’s favourite lads Animalhead on the lash are back with their massive third single Stone Face Killer. The ferocious trio are known for their chunky and funky riffs, massive groove, dabs of rap and blues, soaking it in rock and roll and turning out the party bangers for a throw down.
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Marina Bloom and Moving Stuff - Single Release: Not Another Ballad
22 May 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Russian-born Kiwi singer/songwriter Marina Bloom has just released a brand new single Not Another Ballad - an energetic and cheery number, guaranteed to get you moving your booty across the dance floor. Conceived from the willingness to placate her band with the promise of “not another ballad”, the song of the same name was born.
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Ben Ruegg - Album Review: The Road (Remastered)
22 May 2019 // A review by Lou Clement
Auckland-based musician Ben Ruegg’s album The Road, frets through emotion-laden lyrics and surges from an acoustic-indie tone to a rockier bent with nostalgic guitar solos and drums. The album is stitched together with Ruegg’s refined and considered vocals.
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Young Lyre - EP Review: Providence
21 May 2019 // A review by Jason Peters
Following on from 2015’s popular EP Weekend, Young Lyre have delivered another gorgeous slice of indie pop rock, reminiscent of Future Islands and Two Door Cinema Club these Auckland lads have crafted a cohesive catchy sound that hooks you in right from the get-go. The opening track and single Astore opens with catchy synths and a groovy bass line that propels the chorus along nicely, lyrically an autobiographical account of lead singer Jordan Curtis’s trip to Pakistan, a fantastic opening track with some really sweet vocal harmonies to boot.
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Freaky Meat - Gig Review: Freaky Meat @ Backbeat, Auckland - 18/05/2019
20 May 2019 // A review by Shade
Wordcore at its finest: Freaky Meat Fugu EP Release Party, Saturday 18th May 2019, Backbeat, Auckland. I have never regretted going to see a band play live, especially when it’s to celebrate a new release, and one band I consistently make an effort for are local Wordcore masters: Freaky Meat, and the release of their new EP, Fugu, was no exception.
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Broods - Gig Review: Broods @ Auckland Town Hall, Auckland - 16/05/2019
19 May 2019 // A review by Lou Clement
Broods have found international fame and success and welcoming them back to home turf was an enthusiastic crowd at the grand setting of Auckland Town Hall. Well known sister and brother duo, Georgia and Caleb Nott are Broods, and for this gig they were joined on stage by other musicians to accompany their set.
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Graeme James - Gig Review: Graeme James @ The Boathouse, Nelson - 17/05/2019
17 May 2019 // A review by jacquiew
Every once in a while you happen to have the very good fortune to attend a truly remarkable concert. Graeme James' gig at The Boathouse in Nelson was one such event.
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Bittercup - EP Review: Negative Space
16 May 2019 // A review by DemonsDigest
Hailing from New Plymouth, Bittercup is made up of one man by the name of Callum Wagstaff - although Callum did originally front a band of the same name. Negative Space is the debut EP from Bittercup and let me tell you, the one word that sprang to my mind once I had finished listening to it simply was; wow.
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The Gemini Effect - Single Review: Oh Yeah Oh No
16 May 2019 // A review by DemonsDigest
Hailing from Auckland The Gemini Effect have been involved in the local scene since before the release of their debut album Atomic Blues, during which time the band has gained a very solid backing and it’s very easy to understand why. Their latest single Oh Yeah Oh No is another incredible chapter in their story, and I'm sure it will be very well received.
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Hunt The Witch - Album Review: Strange Gods
16 May 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Stop what you are doing. Put down those headphones.
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Claemus - Singles Review: 'Rule of Two' and 'Progenitor'
16 May 2019 // A review by Kris Raven
Hutt Valley's finest, Claemus, have just dropped the first two singles from their forthcoming EP. If the singles and previous works are anything to go by then our ears are in for some of the finest progressive rock/metal this year.
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Bailey Wiley - Single Review: Between The Lines
15 May 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Auckland based RnB sensation with the breath-taking soulful voice; Bailey Wiley has just released her latest single Between The Lines. This track gives fans a glimpse inside Bailey's mind as she falls in love.
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Emily Riordan - EP Review: Waves
14 May 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Waves is a brand new 4-song EP from Emily Riordan. Waves was mastered beautifully by Sam Johnson at Rhythm Ace Studio.
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Andrew Masseurs - Single/Video Review: Everyone Wants To Be Your Love
12 May 2019 // A review by jacquiew
Everyone Wants To Be Your Love is the second single from Andrew Masseurs' album Traveller In The Sky, and it's another on-form offering from this talented artist. Masseurs' voice is powerful and rich, and his vocal sound is stunning in the chorus in particular, reaching towards the epic heights of Bono or Keane in the final third of the track.
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Beth Danelle - Single Review: Hold On
12 May 2019 // A review by jacquiew
Beth Danelle's new single Hold On is a balanced and well-produced pop track. It has a good hook in the chorus and it will appeal to anyone who is feeling out of sync with their current life situation.
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Sophie Mashlan - Gig Review: Sophie Mashlan @ Room Twenty5, Nelson - 11/05/2019
12 May 2019 // A review by jacquiew
Sophie Mashlan wowed the room last night at Room Twenty5, an intimate house concert venue near Nelson. Her talent was immediately evident with her rich, resonant voice commanding attention, complemented beautifully by her accomplished finger-style guitar playing.
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Escape - Album Review: Take Me To The Field
11 May 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
This album is excellently engineered and produced very well, with each instrument captured and tweaked to perfection. Ben Ruegg has done an incredible job, and it's a job he should be praised for.
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The BackChat - Single Review: Read My Mind
11 May 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
Relationships are a complex beast. The title of this debut single from Auckland based The Backchat is going to be familiar with anyone who has ever had a relationship that lasted more than 5 mins.
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Will Saunders - EP Review: Oh It's A Sound
09 May 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Will Saunders EP Oh, It's A Sound is an experience from start to finish.Beginning with the title track, machine-like drums reverberate and create a landscape in which guitars start to play all over.
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Outside In - Single Review - The Garden of Light
07 May 2019 // A 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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Leighton Fairlie - EP Review: Distant
07 May 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
Loop Recording artist and multi-instrumentalist Leighton Fairlie, who was originally from Mount Maunganui but now based in Auckland, has been busy opening for some of the best NZ dub/roots bands such as Knights of the Dub Table, Salmonella Dub and The Black Seeds. On Distant, his debut EP, Leighton demonstrates an ability to forge a sonically interesting, and coherent sound from a wide range of genres, such as dub, roots, and drum and bass, and proves how well he can stand up next to those bands.
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Jan Hellriegel - Album Review: Sportsman Of The Year
06 May 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Jan Hellriegel is somewhat of an NZ musical icon, Songwriter, performer, producer, music publisher, copyright expert, mother and now author she has a name many of us of a certain age would have heard of. Her latest body of work Sportsman Of The Year appears to be a defining moment in not only her musical life, but also her personal one.
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Lee Martin - EP Review: Lost Girl
06 May 2019 // A review by Carl Hayman
This morning I had the privilege of being one of the first to hear Lee Martin’s brand new EP Lost Girl.For those of you who know my tastes in music, this is a little bit removed from my normal mixtape of rock, pop, and classics, and to do a review on something more folk influenced is quite a pleasure.
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Caroline Easther and the Cinnamon Girls - Gig Review: Caroline Easther and The Cinnamon Girls @ Fairfield House, Nelson - 3/05/2019
04 May 2019 // A review by jacquiew
Caroline Easther seems like a completely lovely person which must have made last night’s experience at Fairfield House all the more difficult for her. Despite her best efforts to push through, with the support of her band The Cinnamon Girls (Alan Galloway, Hamish Graham and Murray Costello), her voice was just not playing the game.
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Late Model European - Single Review: Moments
03 May 2019 // A review by jacquiew
Moments is the second single from the upcoming debut album from Late Model European collaborators Tones Thorburn and John Nelson, and there’s plenty to enjoy about this track.With a lovely, delicate piano intro heralding a well-produced and well-balanced offering, the musicianship on Moments is enjoyable throughout, especially the feature string section which provides the epic feel that Late Model European are reaching for.
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The Echo Ohs - Single Review: Fool
03 May 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
Check out some of the ways that have been used to describe the sound Auckland three piece The Echo Ohs create. It is pretty entertaining, psych cowboy, Psych Spaghetti surf?
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Kingsland - Single Review: The Motto
30 Apr 2019 // A review by Andrew Smit
A very groovy pop rock sound is the first thing that strikes you when listening to Kingsland’s latest single The Motto. Driven by a very upbeat vibe that seizes you wholeheartedly, this tuneful track is packed with chunky guitar licks that are wonderfully bluesy and soulful.
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Second Prize - Album Review: The Heel Turn
30 Apr 2019 // A review by Peter-James Dries
My next review may seem ill-placed, in that Second Prize are a Melbourne-based band, and this is a New Zealand Music site.  But what is Wellington if not a waiting area for emigration to the land of more money and better weather.
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Sean Bodley - Album Review: I Am Human
26 Apr 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
Instrumental music is a concept that I have often struggled with. The first time I really connected with it was when I first heard the brick in your face abrasiveness of Mogwai.
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Sit Down In Front - Single Review: Rain
26 Apr 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
It is pissing down. London Town, it’s Spring 2019 and a storm named Hannah has decided to make herself known in all her howling wind and icy rain glory.
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Cheshire Grimm - Single Review: Shadows
26 Apr 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
Originally formed in 2012 as a three-piece alternative-rock band in Hamilton, Cheshire Grimm have released a series of EP's and singles, while completing a number of high-profile gigs and tours (including touring Australia twice), before more recently evolving into a two-piece after the departure of founding bassist/vocalist Kat Waswo. Shadows, the first single released as a two-piece, sees guitarist/vocalist Lora Thompson and drummer Craig Gilliver continue to evolve the trademark Cheshire Grimm sound.
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Jacquie Walters and James Wilkinson - Single Review: Spaces Between Words
25 Apr 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Nelson based singer songwriter Jacquie Walters is about to release an alluring new single Spaces Between Words, featuring James Wilkinson on bass and Jacquie on guitar and vocals. Jacquie and James have shared many musical memories spanning over 25 years.
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Neutrikk - EP Review: Neutrikk
24 Apr 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
Neutrikk are a relatively new duo from the musical hotbed of Waiheke-Island. Consisting of Nikki Ngatai (Oyawa, Aaron Carpenter & The Revelators) and Lee Catlin (These Automatic Changers, The Solomon Cole Band), Neutrikk have recently released their debut eponymous EP.
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City of Souls - Gig Review: Sevendust w/ City of Souls @ Powerstation, Auckland - 23/04/2019
24 Apr 2019 // A review by butch181
A decidedly reserved Tuesday night in Auckland and people were quietly piling into the Powerstation and grabbing some drinks at the bar. The upper balcony area was closed, so the fans were amassing downstairs around the inner perimeter of the venue.
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Dual - Single Review: You're On Your Own
21 Apr 2019 // A review by J_Plates
Inspired by the Madchester sounds of the late 80’s and early 90’s, Auckland Psychedelic Dance duo Dual deliver their latest euphoric single You’re On Your Own, infusing elements of bands like The Happy Mondays, Primal Scream and The Stone Roses with their own contemporary Pop sensibilities. Officially released late February, the track received fantastic support including ‘Track of the Day’ on White Light/White Heat (IT), a feature on Happymag.
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Geoff Ong - Single Review: Save Me The Weekend
19 Apr 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
Geoff Ong returns with a new pop banger, Save Me The Weekend. From the moment the track starts you are welcomed with all sorts of goodies for your ear if you choose to pay attention to the little details.
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Pale Lady - Single Review: Fear the Fun
18 Apr 2019 // A review by Kris Raven
From the first listen of Pale Lady’s latest single Fear The Fun it instantly reminded me of Medieval times, with the harpsichord keys playing a little jig which is the intro theme to the whole song, it's fun and I did not fear it. Then the epicness begins, how can anyone not like duel guitars wailing and soloing melodically together carrying the anthemic tune into the battle.
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Keepingfaka - Album Review: Digilies
18 Apr 2019 // A review by Jamie Denton
Information about the background of Keepingfaka is sparse. The official Facebook, YouTube and Spotify pages offer no biographical information, or even the slightest hint of an about section.
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*JOY* - Album Review: Moonboy
18 Apr 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
The opening track A Hard Blow Kiss sounds lo-fi and telephony at first. But it quickly opens up to become a sonic landscape of all sorts of frequency.
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Moonflower - Album Review: Dark Lullabies
17 Apr 2019 // A review by DemonsDigest
Once again it seems that a band/artist I’m reviewing hails from Christchurch (the city has some serious talent I’m telling you). Formed only in 2017 Moonflower is made up of singer/songwriter/drummer Nicole Schaap with accompanying musicians Josh Fairless on guitar, Damon Thurlow on bass and Ethan Bryant on keys.
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Skinny Hobos - EP Review: Lucifer
17 Apr 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Two-piece NZ Rock sensation Skinny Hobos are back again with another epic offering in the form of a 6 track EP titled Lucifer. I am not sure if these guys ever sleep, consistently releasing top quality recordings of the most excellent kind.
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ZÖ - EP Review: War
17 Apr 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
ZO (Zoe Jennings) is a musical artist from Whangarei but she is currently based in Wellington. She has just released her first EP War.
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Mermaidens - Gig Review: Mermaidens @ Neck of the Woods - 13/04/2019
17 Apr 2019 // A review by Lou Clement
It was Record Store Day, and vinyl fans across the country were treated to special events and special releases from musicians who year on year support the event. Across Auckland, independent record stores opened their doors following advertising campaigns on the run up to day.
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Grant Duncan - Album Review: Radiant Sublime
16 Apr 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Grant Duncan is an ex-pat kiwi living and working in Japan. He recorded Radiant Sublime at Momura Studio, in Tokyo.
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Louis Baker - Single/Video Review: The People
15 Apr 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Wellington based independent singer/songwriter Louis Baker has just released a gorgeous heart-felt single The People. His smooth soulful voice delighting us yet again with a taste of what’s to come from his long-awaited debut album, due to be released later this year.
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Blue River Baby - Single Review: Walk of Shame
15 Apr 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
Blue River Baby have a goal to get people moving by creating songs that make people move and playing them well to as many people as possible. It is a simple goal but one that they achieve well as they recently showed when they played to 20,000 people on NYE in Nelson.
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Ben Ruegg - EP Review: If I Had A Delorean
15 Apr 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
Have you ever had those moments where you look back on a time in your life where everything you remember from that those moments just seemed to be great? Of course, those good times can’t be pinned down to a specific moment or era.
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Gig Review: Tally Ho 3 @ Town Hall, Dunedin - 13/04/2019
14 Apr 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
The idea of an orchestral concert featuring some of the best known songs from the often debated ‘Dunedin sound’ began with two main drivers: Verlaines founder and music lecturer Graeme Downes, and ‘godfather’ of Dunedin music, Roy (Roi) Colbert, having its first installment in 2015. While Downes again led the evening from the stage, the spirit of Roy who passed away in 2017 was also in the room.
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Hybrid Rose - Single Review: Solitude Featuring Fanfickk
14 Apr 2019 // A review by Ben Ruegg
From the moment this track builds, the imagery matches the synth sound. A familiar chord progression catches my ear.
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Sam Loveridge - Album Review: Clarity
11 Apr 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Hot on the heels of his single release Better Days, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Sam Loveridge  has revealed to the world his 11 track debut album Clarity. Sam has been around for a while now, on the Auckland folk circuit.
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Andrew Masseurs - Single/Video Review: Set Me Free
10 Apr 2019 // A review by jacquiew
Set Me Free is the first single from Andrew Masseurs' upcoming album Traveller in the Sky, and it’s a real ripper. Masseurs’ vocals are completely on point and the driving beat of the track sets the perfect pace.
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The Wake Up - Single Review: Pretty Little Caption
10 Apr 2019 // A review by Tony McDonald
The Wake Up from Palmerston North have just released their latest upbeat single Pretty Little Caption. This follows on from Castle which was another upbeat poppy number.
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Alae - Single Review: Help You Now
10 Apr 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Alae have released their new single Help You Now. It’s the first track to be issued since the release of the Henry St album last year.
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Unknown - Single/Video Review: Gambling on Love
08 Apr 2019 // A review by emilyriordan
Three Feathers are an Oakura duo established in 2013 and made up of Mike Lee and Mae Silver. Gambling on Love is the third single from their debut album, which is due for release later in 2019.
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Repairs - Single Review: Thanks for the Advice
07 Apr 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Auckland band Repairs have dropped a blistering hot new song Thanks For The Advice. In their press the band describe Thanks For The Advice as “Power-emo-post-pop”.
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DRXNES - Single/Video Review: Rattlesnake
04 Apr 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
DRXNES have caused quite a stir since forming a few years ago and for good reason. They have worked bloody hard and released some great music accompanied by well-produced videos.
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Eastern Bloc - Single Review: Rich Personality And Notorious Club Girls
04 Apr 2019 // A review by J_Plates
Artur Aldridge aka Eastern Bloc unloads his debut single release via his own imprint, FOH Records. No stranger to the Club and House scene, the Ukrainian Producer / DJ has shared the bill with artists such as Fatboy Slim and Dusky during a string of festival events including Splore, Electric Gardens, and Rhythm and Vines.
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Kyd X - Single Review: Real Ones Know
03 Apr 2019 // A review by Kerry Kingi
Kyd X has produced some new fire! Having just signed up to Rail Records, Kyd X has immersed himself in the Hamilton hip-hop scene as he waited for the right time to make his mark.
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Caroline Easther and the Cinnamon Girls - Album Review: Lucky
03 Apr 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
The name Caroline Easther has been in the lexicon of New Zealand’s music industry since the heady Flying Nun days when she drummed with The Chills and the Verlaines. Now after a career behind a drum kit she’s staking a place centre stage as a songwriter with her debut album Lucky.
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Aro - Gig Review: Aro @ The Jam Factory, Tauranga – 30/03/2019
31 Mar 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
It was a glorious evening in Tauranga last night, the sun set in a stunning blaze of glory casting an orange glow over the village. As people started to arrive to see Aro, we all gathered on the deck to watch the beautiful sunset accompanied by Canadian geese in perfect formation flying above us.
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Annie J - Single Review: Whenever You Leave Me
31 Mar 2019 // A review by Ria Loveder
Annie J’s song Whenever You Leave Me is one that all teenagers can relate to; that relationship that you want to be in, but distance seems to come creeping in. The lyrics are mature beyond her years and at the young age of 15; she’s showing that she has the writing capabilities to produce mature, insightful music.
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Crooked Royals - EP Review: Rumination
29 Mar 2019 // A review by Kris Raven
Let's just start off by saying, Ruminations is 5-songs by Crooked Royals, who have leveled up in a big way. It sounds like a band who have found their sound with well-constructed songs that are cohesive, interesting, original and just HUGE.
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Curlys Jewels - Single Review: Absentee
29 Mar 2019 // A review by Shade
The truth can be many things - challenging, concerning, infuriating or even thought-provoking. It may be all of these things, or something completely different.
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The Settlers - EP Review: Speech
29 Mar 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
The Settlers are a thriving hip-hop crew from Lyttleton Harbour in Christchurch. This is the band’s latest body of work, an EP called Speech.
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Alien Weaponry - Gig Review: Alien Weaponry @ Studio, Auckland - 23/03/2019
28 Mar 2019 // A 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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J Plates - Single Review: The Relic/Liquid Metal
27 Mar 2019 // A review by Kerry Kingi
New Zealand drum n bass/jungle producer J Plates has been busy in the studio working on his brand new single which features two tracks: The Relic and Liquid Metal. Signed to Skalator Music, J Plates is based in the UK these days.
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Undercut - Single Review: Luckily
27 Mar 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
There is something a little bit different about this track by Undercut. It is hard to put your finger on, it's not one part alone that stands out but the sum of all the parts adds up to something very good indeed.
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New Telepathics - Single Review: Life On Other Planets
27 Mar 2019 // A review by Trevor Faville
The New Telepathics are an Auckland based ensemble with quite an extensive recording and performing history-and a history that deserves a thorough exploration. This is a refreshingly independently minded ensemble.
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Lou'ana - Single/Video Review: Eye To Eye
27 Mar 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Lou’ana of Auckland’s popular funk-fusion band the Hipstamatics, has ventured out on her own with a stunning debut solo single Eye To Eye. The result is a mesmerising soulful sound accompanied by a mystical, highly polished music video.
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Gold Medal Famous - EP Review: Five Track
27 Mar 2019 // A review by Peter-James Dries
There once was a band called Gold Medal Famous. This isn't a limerick.
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Cruddy - Single Review: White Polka Dot Dress
27 Mar 2019 // A review by Peter-James Dries
Cruddy by name, not by nature.  Cruddy’s White Polka Dot Dress is a smoothly progressive, well-mixed electronic soundscape.
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Sonic Altar - Album Review: Under A Dying Sun
27 Mar 2019 // A review by butch181
In this digital age, it’s not often that you get a full length record anymore. Everything is short and sweet just to get content out there before fans forget your band even exists.
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She Loves You - Single Review: Dirty Orlean
27 Mar 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
She Loves You are one of the most exciting bands in New Zealand right now. Their first show back in 2014 was a sell out and it has been an upward trajectory for them since then.
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Eyreton Hall - Single Review: Weekend
26 Mar 2019 // A review by Andrew Smit
Another smooth and gratifying song by Eyreton Hall, that soothes the senses with its easy flowing style and melodic grace. With steady rhythmic folk music that rolls along so sweetly and is sprinkled with lovely colour spurts dispensed by a flirting electric guitar and keyboards.
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Armchair Insomniacs - Album Review: Armchair Insomniacs
25 Mar 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Originally released a year ago, this is still a solid and credible album, with the band deciding to put it on 180 gram vinyl.In an age when the word ‘diverse’ is rapidly becoming overused, this is a diverse album.
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Lucifer Gunne - Single Review: Energenetic
25 Mar 2019 // A 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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Craig Payne - Album Review: One Night Stand
24 Mar 2019 // A review by DemonsDigest
Well, Craig Payne is back at it again with his second album titled One Night Stand. Who would have thought that a young boy born in France, briefly raised in the UK only to end up living in New Zealand (of all places) would have come so far in his music career?
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Cashek - Album Review: Rhythm And Resonance
24 Mar 2019 // A review by J_Plates
Cashek is the alias of Electronic musician Floyd Pepper whose debut album Rhythm And Resonance, presents an array of emotive tracks brought into existence while backpacking throughout the USA, Mexico, and Guatemala towards the end of last year. The seven-track album provides the listener with a lush sonic journey, fusing various elements of Electronica ranging from chilled out down tempo, slices of broken beat, to more atmospheric and laid back arrangements and synth work.
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Taco Joint - Single Review: Burning Bridges
20 Mar 2019 // A review by rupakelly
Taco Joint is a 5 piece Jazz, come blues, come lounge-y act hailing from Auckland, New Zealand. Burning Bridges is their first official release and it shows a clear breadth of musical talent that is available in this project.
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The Diamond Dead - EP Review: Becoming
20 Mar 2019 // A review by Tony McDonald
Having already reviewed the song and video for Track 1 No Revolution, and absolutely loving everything about it, I jumped at the chance to review this small 3-song EP by The Diamond Dead. In my previous review, I described No Revolution as the female equivalent of Marilyn Manson in song sound and video style, an absolute classic and one you must check out.
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Soaked Oats - Gig Review: Soaked Oats @ La Zappa, Auckland - 08/03/2019
19 Mar 2019 // A review by rupakelly
A free gig, especially one of Soaked Oats calibre are rare to come by. Set in the beautiful La Zappa bar, our space shared by the Auckland University Economics Club, the energy in the night was palpable.
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Dead Favours - Single Review: Lost On You
19 Mar 2019 // A review by Shade
Some songs are simply infectious. Lost On You by Dead Favours is unquestionably one of those songs - play it enough times, and it will take up permanent residency in your mind.
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The Polly Johnson Set - Album Review: The Polly Johnson Set
18 Mar 2019 // A review by jacquiew
Get your hands on this self-titled debut album from The Polly Johnson Set as soon as possible. It’s the album you didn’t know you needed.
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Gig Review: Judas Priest @ Spark Arena, Auckland - 16/03/2019
18 Mar 2019 // A review by terry666
It was a very sad day when Ozzy Osbourne had to cancel his New Zealand tour, but it came with a silver lining. We had one Judas Priest show, turning them from being a support slot to full headliners.
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Levi Lights On Project - Single Review: Mirror Man
17 Mar 2019 // A review by butch181
Levi is a musical amalgamation that would in most cases be categorised as folk, thanks to the groups' uncommon mix of instruments consisting of a saxophone, cello, and cajón, and a lack of a drum kit or electric instruments. That being said, Mirror Man has something unique.
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The Gemini Effect - Single Review: Little Mouse
17 Mar 2019 // A review by butch181
Little Mouse is the first single from Bad Alien, the upcoming sophomore album of three-piece alt-rock act The Gemini Effect. With some nice consistent snare work, the track jumps right off the bat with a great organic sense of rhythm that has you bobbing your head and tapping your foot along with the beat, accentuated by some gritty power chords.
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Mermaidens - Single Review: You Maintain The Stain
17 Mar 2019 // A review by butch181
The latest release from Wellington trio Mermaidens is a straight up middle finger to the powers that control the world and throws away the mainstream formula of verse/chorus patterns, instead, forming a self-righteous maelstrom of sonic environments.  With no warning given, You Maintain The Stain gets straight into cold, apathetic vocals alongside a pluggy bassline, until the guitar jumps in with an uncomfortable level of discord that sows the seeds of uneasiness in the pit of your stomach as if every instrument is performing a different song.
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Bartells - Single Review: Mistaken
17 Mar 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Auckland’s Sam Bartell, who plays under the name Bartells, is a contemporary singer-songwriter with a country streak as wide as the Mississippi. He’s working towards an Australisian tour next year and is dropping new tunes like leaves drop in Autumn.
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Fallstate - Single/Video Review: Who The Fuck Is Cameron Brookes?
15 Mar 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
I like Fallstate. Their live show is full of energy and mayhem and mixes a harder edge with the pop rock blast.
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Queen Neptune - Single Review: Edge of the Programmed World
15 Mar 2019 // A review by florencecohen
Your first encounter with Queen Neptune will always be memorable. A polite, older man who could joke about his massive leather briefcase, Karl was the perfect hotel lift companion when we met on Queen Street.
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Carb On Carb - Single/Video Review: Man Says
14 Mar 2019 // A review by florencecohen
The accompanying vid for Carb on Carb’s latest emo single Man Says is intriguing, and yet I feel like I’ve seen it, and lived it, a few times before. An old dog made to try various hats, a bedroom filled with messy New Zealand stationary (the Warwick A5 makes an appearance), gluggy nail polish and Vans checked wristbands.
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Khandallah - Single Review: Never Did with Hunter Davison
14 Mar 2019 // A review by florencecohen
Relationships are tough creatures to manoeuvre at any age, but particularly so when you’ve only just outgrown shopping at Hallensteins and made the bold and impressive move to step up to Barkers menswear. A smile here, a wave there, and a relationship is eagerly blossoming in Khandallah The Musical Artist’s eyes.
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Polaroids of Polarbears - EP Review: Polaroids of Polarbears
13 Mar 2019 // A review by Peter-James Dries
In my middle years, those between the dawn of my consciousness and now, I spent a lot of time equal parts obsessed and jealous of and with Palmerston North’s prodigious Dan Ashcroft (Crackpot Theory, The Rock Shop), even before I knew him as a human. Back when he was just a faint drumming noise across my friend’s paddock on rare windless Oroua Downs nights, and I wondered why my mum hadn't bought me a drumkit.
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Gig Review: Milk & Honey @ Powerstation, Auckland - 08/03/2019
11 Mar 2019 // A review by jacquiew
The line-up at the Powerstation for the inaugural Milk and Honey Festival to mark International Women’s Day was undoubtedly stellar. Ria Hall, Tami Neilson, Julia Deans (with Anna Coddington) and Nadia Reid interspersed with contributions from DJ Sandy Mill - you’d be hard pushed to pack more talent into an evening than that.
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Gig Review: Milk & Honey @ Whammy Bar, Auckland - 08/03/2019
11 Mar 2019 // A review by Lou Clement
International Women’s Day, in my experience, is often not marked by celebrations other than something official in the news – something with flowers and over-privileged celebrity-like figures at the mic. It’s the first year I’ve lived in Auckland for it though, and to find that celebrations planned for the occasion with music performances taking place as part of a curated event were exciting.
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Amnesia Jones - Album Review: Amnesia Jones
09 Mar 2019 // A review by River Tucker
Relying heavily on the funk gospel, Amnesia Jones’ debut self-titled album is sure to get listeners up and dancing. There’s an endearing lo-fi quality simmering just below the energy and sparkle of the eleven-track release.
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A.U.R.A - Album Review: Secret Intelligent Light
08 Mar 2019 // A review by florencecohen
The first time I listened to this album I was irritated. It felt like everything I had tried to escape from in a yoga class – it oozed smugness, knowing it was both overly woke and melodious, twinkling in all the right places.
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Outside In - Single Review: Pass On The Flag
08 Mar 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
This new single Pass On The Flag, from Auckland's Outside In is a grower. Produced by Dave Rhodes, it was always going to sound great.
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Amanaki - EP Review: Immutable
08 Mar 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
What is it with Hamilton and its ability to create some of the best Hardcore bands in New Zealand? Maybe like the way all the hotels and shops turn their backs on the mighty Waikato river, the people who form/join bands there turn their noses up at what is going on with the “I wanna get played on the Rock” mentality of some of the more well-known Auckland acts?
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The Snake Behaviour - Single Review: Ragnarok
07 Mar 2019 // A review by DemonsDigest
Formed in 2002, Christchurch-based The Snake Behaviour are back with a brand-new track titled Ragnarok. While this isn’t the first time I’ve heard of them, this is the first time I’ve heard their music and whilst I’m disappointed that it’s taken me this long I’m actually somewhat pleased that this is my first experience with them.
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Glow Becky - Single/Video Review: Stand Up
06 Mar 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
A five-piece alternative rock band from Auckland originally named after an archaeological find in Turkey (with suspected evidence of extra-terrestrial interaction), have released their new single and music video Stand Up. The now more pronounceable Glow Becky, previously Gobekli Tepe formed in late 2016 and are relative new comers to the NZ rock scene.
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Otium - Single Review: Dollar For The Man
05 Mar 2019 // A review by Kerry Kingi
The latest Single by five-piece Reggae/Dub band Otium is named Dollar For The Man. Otium is a popular Northland band, having originated from Whangarei.
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Gig Review: Cross Street Festival @ Cross Street, Auckland - 02/03/2019
05 Mar 2019 // A review by Lou Clement
It’s a balmy March day and the sun lit the side streets of central Auckland. I arrived at Cross Street, a road parallel to Karangahape Road.
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Monshi - Single Review: Strange Love
04 Mar 2019 // A 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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Gig Review: The Eagles @ Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin - 2/03/2019
03 Mar 2019 // A review by jacquiew
“There are stars in the Southern sky” sang The Eagles, and even as the first few notes resounded around Forsyth Barr Stadium the audience could not help but think that the constellation was in fact on stage in front of them. The beautiful wash of vocal harmonies from the line-up of original members Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B Schmidt and additions, Glenn Frey’s son Deacon and singer-songwriter Vince Gill was breath-taking.
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Logic Defies Logic - Single Review: Suits and Ladders
02 Mar 2019 // A 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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Brendan and Alison Turner - Album Review: Ghost of a Friend
01 Mar 2019 // A review by jacquiew
Ghost of a Friend is an aptly-named exploration of deep grief from soulful Americana duo Brendan and Alison Turner. The couple first met only six years ago and have had a tumultuous time since - falling in love, marrying, performing and touring together and then tragically losing their best man and musical collaborator.
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The Stungrenades - Album Review: Class War: Fight Back!
01 Mar 2019 // A review by Peter-James Dries
Not many people outside of Taranaki think about the New Plymouth Hard Core scene. Actually, I don’t think New Plymouth itself is thought about by many people outside of Taranaki… It’s a shame really.
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Rob Joass - Album Review: Pencarrow
28 Feb 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Pencarrow is the third album released by musician Rob Joass, who calls the Kapiti Coast home, or Turangawaiwai, if you will. With more than 25 years as a musician under his belt he’s no stranger to writing, playing and recording music to a high standard.
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Jasmine Tilyard - Single Review: Take It To The Grave
28 Feb 2019 // A review by florencecohen
I would not like to hurt Jasmine Tilyard. I’m sure she’s a sweet teenager under all that blonde angst, but honestly, I’d be terrified for my life and/or my reputation if ever we crossed paths.
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The Stungrenades - Album Review: Front Toward Enemy
28 Feb 2019 // A review by Peter-James Dries
Times have changed. In a world where we can say the F word on television, and if used appropriately you can say shit whenever you want, punk doesn’t have the same shock value.
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Gig Review: The Hollies @ Trafalgar Centre, Nelson - 27/02/2019
27 Feb 2019 // A review by jacquiew
The Hollies brought the crowd to their feet at Nelson’s Trafalgar Centre for not one, but two standing ovations – a fitting climax to an evening that delivered on expectations for the predominantly 60 years old plus audience.The Hollies’ concert was a nostalgia trip from the start evoking memories of the band’s heyday in the 1960's and 1970's.
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Mundi - Album Review: The Pale Blue Dot
27 Feb 2019 // A review by voodoobloo
Going into this album I thought I knew what to expect from Mundi. This psychedelic dance project wowed me with their live performance at the Wellington Botanical Gardens earlier this year, but I couldn't help but feel like I'd heard all of the tricks they had hiding up their sleeves.
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Sam Loveridge - Single/Video Review: Better Days
27 Feb 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Auckland based multi-instrumentalist Sam Loveridge has released his debut single Better Days, prior to his album Clarity which is due to follow at the end of March. Sam's solo debut is also accompanied by a humorous video written/directed by Loren Black and edited by Jamie Crerar.
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Seafog - Album Review: Animal Lovers
27 Feb 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Dunedin band Seafog have been together through the mists of time in one way, shape, form or another for many years with singer and guitarist Robin Sharma. Animal Lovers is the third album from Seafog and was released by Zelle Records.
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Iris - Single Review: Bold
27 Feb 2019 // A review by emilyriordan
At just twenty years of age, singer/songwriter and producer Iris has burst onto the scene looking and sounding like an almost fully formed pop star. Her debut single, Bold, is part of a collaboration with producer and filmmaker Charles Lutman made of videos that are as much short films in themselves as they are music videos.
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Fanfickk - Single Review: Pity Party
27 Feb 2019 // A review by emilyriordan
Fanfickk describes herself as an idealist. Since her debut EP Stay Shy in 2016, she has released a handful of lush, dreamy synth based songs with punchy drums and rich harmonies that let that idealism shine through.
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Cherry Blind - Single Review: Black Sheep
26 Feb 2019 // A review by Kris Raven
Cherry Blind (formally known as Minimal Silence) have recently dropped 1 minute and 25 seconds of adrenaline soaked punk-rock-grunge-noise in the form of brand new single Black Sheep. A name change can always go a few ways but with a new single following afterwards, people can be rest assured they are coming out of the 2019 gates swinging and ready to launch.
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Krispy & The Pooch - EP Review: Something Strange for Change
25 Feb 2019 // A 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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Li'l Chuck the One Man Skiffle Machine - Album Review - Mono
25 Feb 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Independent Christchurch based multi-instrumentalist Li’l Chuck the One Man Skiffle Machine, has just released his third album Mono. David Thorpe (aka Li’l Chuck) shines on this album, fourteen tracks of pure nostalgic blues, early jazz and ragtime recorded at Sugar Ray’s Vintage Recording Studio, in Essex, UK.
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Polar Extremes - Album Review: Strange Visions 1
25 Feb 2019 // A review by florencecohen
Polar Extremes has nicely packaged your worst fears in their latest album Strange Visions 1. Haunting depictions of the end of the world, madness, sadness and wasted time.
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Suckafish - EP Review: Berley Bomb
25 Feb 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
When this first assaulted my eardrums, I thought fuck no here we go again. Cheesy vocals with equally cheesy lyrics and a punk beat pushing a turd uphill making a noise that could almost make Deja Voodoo sound good.
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Abby Wolfe - Gig Review: Abby Wolfe @ 50 Gorillas, Dunedin - 23/02/2019
24 Feb 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Abby Wolfe, along with her drummer and keyboardist took to the stage about 10.30pm.
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Devaur - Album Review: Product Of A Vision
23 Feb 2019 // A review by James Castady-Kristament
Devaur is a West Auckland Producer and MC who has been dedicated to his craft for over 10 years. Producing numerous projects, music videos and mix tapes including albums for Synteck and Manix not to mention his numerous features and collaborations.
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ManaLion - Album Review: Nothing II Lose
22 Feb 2019 // A review by DemonsDigest
Nothing II Lose is the second full length album from this dynamic duo, hailing from Greytown and Whakatane. ManaLion is made up of Duan Kaka and Craig 'Mondo' Monika and they credit their influences from a wide range of musical styles from soul to funk to rap, even with a little hardcore thrown in for good measure.
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DRXNES - EP Review: Rattlesnake
21 Feb 2019 // A review by Kris Raven
Whanganui 5-piece DRXNES released their latest EP Rattlesnake in January, beginning the year with three incredibly impressive and diverse tracks that take influence from multiple rock and metal sub genres but imprint the DRXNES stamp of solid song craftmanship, complexity and originality. The title track Rattlesnake opens with a hiss and then a roar of an opening riff that is set for the mosh to open up.
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Kaylee Bell - Single Review: Keith
20 Feb 2019 // A review by florencecohen
It’s your classic Sunday ‘treat yourself’ evening – pizza, sweatpants, and a Netflix rom-com. By the time the camera finally pans away from the glossy couple with the perfect teeth, holding hands, walking away, you get this overwhelming big-heart-in-the-throat feeling.
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Blue River Baby - Single Review: Black Yard Town
19 Feb 2019 // A review by Trevor Faville
The Blue River Baby band have been working and evolving in Wellington for the last two years or so, and this tune is a clear representation of the style and sound that they have developed. Black Yard Town moves through a range of tempo and dynamic changes in a funk/ soul context, with an arrangement that is in one way tight and at the same time fluid.
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Hault - EP Review: Brother
19 Feb 2019 // A review by Carl Hayman
The new EP from Hault, Brother, kicks off with a massive amount of energy! Track one Red Dress is all about distorted gats, over a fast, thick drum line at something like 180BPM which just oozes that thrashy feel that all of us rock fans love.
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Georgia Lines - Single Review: Vacant Cities
18 Feb 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Georgia Lines aka George is a bit of a local treasure I wasn’t aware of. Based in Mt Maunganui, George has just released her catchy debut single Vacant Cities, accompanied by a stunning music video which is a visual work of art.
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Ciaran McMeeken - Gig Review: Ciaran McMeeken & Dan Sharp @ 50 Gorillas, Dunedin - 16/02/2019
17 Feb 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
As a disclaimer, I knew absolutely nothing about neither Ciaran McMeeken nor Dan Sharp prior to the gig, so I arranged my +1 to be Dunedin songwriter Bronwyn Halley. She’s in the same generational band as Ciaran, and as it turned out, was a very knowledgeable accomplice.
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Furniss Brothers - Album Review: Cloudwatcher’s Soul
16 Feb 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
The debut album from brothers Matthew & Ben Furniss, is a concept album with a single loosely themed narrative of the kidnapping of the muse 'Cloudwatcher' and the eventual reuniting with the central character. The melody and lyrics manage to tie the theme together quite well.
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Little Dove - EP Review Buried in the Backyard
16 Feb 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Not particularly loquacious, and certainly not overly verbose, are probably the best ways to describe the web pages of an Auckland 17-year-old woman who’s recording music as Little Dove. Her Bandcamp page says “This EP is a collection of music made, entirely and messily in my little sleep out, by myself.
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Streakers - Single Review: Beta
15 Feb 2019 // A 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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Tiny Ruins - Album Review: Olympic Girls
15 Feb 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
As a proud owner of the Tiny Ruins mini LP Hurtling Through, which was recorded with Hamish Kilgour (The Clean, The Great Unwashed etc) my anticipation levels for this LP were high. Not quite Johnny Cash eating cake in a bush high, but pretty up there.
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Marshmellow - Album Review: The Feels
13 Feb 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Once I put the w on the end of Marshmellow, it became clear that the alter-ego of singer-songwriter Marshall Smith based in Auckland definitely was not a DJ/EDM artist masquerading as a soft chewy sugar based confectionery, but a well-established award winning New Zealand based composer and producer, writing music for major international movies, documentaries and commercials. You might know his face from many TV adverts and presenter of Big Wednesday.
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Marlon Williams - Gig Review: Don McGlashan & Marlon Williams @ Neudorf Vineyard, Nelson - 12/02/2019
13 Feb 2019 // A review by jacquiew
A susurration of dust motes in the air in front of the stage at Neudorf Vineyard, heralded the beginning of tonight’s magical and highly-anticipated Marlon Williams concert - an appropriate beginning for an event postponed because of a large fire sparked last week in tinder dry conditions. Tonight’s event was the perfect balm for the soul for rattled Nelson Tasman residents.
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Etheran - Single Review: Let Me Go
12 Feb 2019 // A review by Andrew Smit
Opening with a formidable power riff this debut track from Christchurch based Etheran really grabs you by the throat, and it's a track that has many shades. The strong melodic verses that are sung by the clean voice of lead singer Lita Macabeo is smooth and wholesome, whereas the chorus sections burst with scolding vocals and a burst of drums that lifts the power and emotion with great intensity.
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Beacon Bloom - Single/Video Review: Materia
12 Feb 2019 // A review by J_Plates
After the success of their debut track Jobim, which was picked up by a number of radio stations around the country; electronic explorers Beacon Bloom return with a brand-new production, presented via a live recording and accompanying video that was captured during their sell out launch show in November last year. The proclaimed track that spawned Beacon Bloom into existence, aptly titled Materia, features an array of lush synthesiser arpeggios, layered drums, atmospheric guitar work, and a reverb soaked vocal hook, combined and arranged to create an emotively upbeat, and promisingly expansive track; perfectly showcasing what one can expect from a Beacon Bloom live performance and future studio releases.
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Dan Sharp - EP Review: Slack Tide
11 Feb 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
After releasing two stunning singles, Satellites and Have To Change, Dan Sharp has finally released his five-track EP Slack Tide. I had the honour of reviewing his two single releases prior to this, and as good fortune would have it, I now get to review the entire EP.
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Electric Universe - Album Review: Electric Universe
11 Feb 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Tauranga based band Electric Universe says 2019 is a year of completion for them, with their self-titled album being one of a few projects being completed during the course of the year. The band’s name should give a little away; the first four songs, from City Boy through to Acid Train, all having influence from Hendrix to Santana but with the subtlety and restraint of Hendrix, and not the album length solos of prog rock.
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Plum Green - Gig Review: Plum Green @ Whammy Bar, Auckland - 1/02/2019
08 Feb 2019 // A review by Sass_Metal
Occasionally a show happens where every single performance artist is on fire, performing from the soul, baring everything, connecting with the audience and feeding off the audience, in that magical, etheric zone where performing artist and audience becomes one. Right from the first note of Shoddy the crowd was dancing, their attentions on the various rituals occurring before them.
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Gig Review: The Living End @ Powerstation, Auckland - 6/02/2019
08 Feb 2019 // A 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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Gig Review: The Prodigy @ Trust Arena, Auckland - 5/02/2019
06 Feb 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
As I walk into the huge hall at Trust Arena a few hundred people are moving front of stage to what I initially thought was just music through the PA. Nope it is Enschway.
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Graeme James - Album Review: The Long Way Home
05 Feb 2019 // A review by jacquiew
The Long Way Home is everything existing Graeme James’ fans and newcomers to his music could hope for. Thoughtful lyrics, beautiful and carefully nuanced production, and enough catchy, foot tapping tracks to satisfy any radio programmer.
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Gig Review: Phil Collins at Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch - 4/02/2019
04 Feb 2019 // A review by jacquiew
Bow down Christchurch, for we have been in the presence of the master. From start to finish this was a concert featuring consummate musicianship and a rich back catalogue of songs to satisfy listeners of all ages.
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Seas of Conflict - Single Review: Monachopsis
04 Feb 2019 // A review by Kris Raven
Monachopsis"the subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place….”Surrounded but always alone is the statement and message that carries throughout Monachopsis.
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Gig Review: Lily Allen with Bene @ Spark Arena, Auckland - 2/02/2019
03 Feb 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
Hailing from Grey Lynn and still a teenager I am guessing the nerves were pumping before Bene took the stage at Spark Arena tonight. Making the shift from small venues like Neck of the Woods to this huge hanger is a daunting task but tonight you wouldn't have thought so.
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A.U.R.A - Single/Video Review: Who Decides?
02 Feb 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
I rarely get the opportunity to describe a piece of music as beautiful. My preference is dark, twisted, loud, abrasive noise that would most often be described as brutal.
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Papercity - Single Review: Plastic
02 Feb 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
Papercity have been coming up through the ranks for a while now following the well trodden path of Rockquest a few years back. They have matured a lot since 2013 single Time Will Find You and their new single Plastic is pure pop and catchy as hell.
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Lola Sola - Single/Video Review: Get It
01 Feb 2019 // A 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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Jon Toogood - Gig Review: Jon Toogood @ Anthology Lounge, Auckland - 31/01/2019
01 Feb 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
It’s pretty apt that Jon Toogood is playing at Anthology Lounge. Kind of sums up the whole vibe of his acoustic tour.
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Gig Review: Florence and The Machine @ Spark Arena, Auckland - 30/01/2019
31 Jan 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
I caught the tail end of Yellow Days set at Laneway so was pleased to see a full performance at Auckland's Spark Arena tonight. The sunlight was replaced by stage light and the first thing that comes across is that mellow, baritone of a voice.
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Festival Review: St Jerome's Laneway Festival 2019 @ Albert Park, Auckland - 28/01/2019
31 Jan 2019 // A review by Lou Clement
Laneway was a different kind of festival. It’s an international touring event, taking in Australia and Singapore.
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Factor - EP Review: Champions of the Digital World
30 Jan 2019 // A review by James Castady-Kristament
The west side of Auckland is back in full effect with Factor's latest release Champions of the Digital World, which features many of west Auckland's finest MC’s including heavy hitters Pakkz Tha General, Alpha, Dlar, {K.A.
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Checaine - Single Review: Let Go
30 Jan 2019 // A 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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Andrew McLennan - Single Review: So Easy
30 Jan 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
When I see the name Andrew McLennan (AKA Andrew Snoid), my mind goes straight to 80's NZ New Wave pop music, when the likes of Pop Mechanix, Blam Blam Blam, The Plague and The Swingers became household names, but it is Coconut Rough with the huge hit Sierra Leone that triggered the light bulb to go off in my head. A song instantly recognisable by people of a certain age.
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Dan Sharp - Single Review: Have To Change
29 Jan 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
The dust has barely settled from Dan Sharp's release of Satellites, when he goes and drops another stunning track Have To Change. This is the last stand-alone single to be released from Dan's upcoming 5-track EP Slack Tide, which is due for release in early February.
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Festival Review: St Jerome's Laneway Festival 2019 @ Albert Park, Auckland - 28/01/2019
29 Jan 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
The grey cloudy humid wet morning opened up into blue skies as I walked up the hill to Albert Park. Thanks to non-existent Auckland transport I did miss seeing Miss June (pictured).
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Dead Little Penny - Gig Review: Dead Little Penny @ Whammy Bar, Auckland - 25/01/2019
27 Jan 2019 // A review by Lou Clement
Three-piece Dead Little Penny were the second act on stage and headlining at the Whammy Bar on Friday evening, launching their new single Depression. The venue was packed out and the fans did little to reduce the temperature of the basement venue.
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Devilskin - Gig Review: Slash w/ Myles Kennedy and Devilskin @ Spark Arena, Auckland - 26/01/2019
27 Jan 2019 // A review by Sass_Metal
As per usual I was running late to the show, so I missed the first few opening songs of (not so local, now) legends Devilskin. Writing this now I am so gutted I didn’t get to witness their powerful set in its entirety as, in my opinion, they showed up the headliners and it was clear from the amount of Devilskin merch that fans were wearing around the show and from the crowd response that this was indeed Devilskin’s night.
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Craig Payne - Single Review: Nineteen Sixty-Five
26 Jan 2019 // A review by DemonsDigest
Once again I’ve found myself listening to a track by the ever talented Craig Payne and as always I have loved it from the second I heard the opening guitars - I am honestly just a sucker for a good guitar riff. There’s a reason I’m drawn to Craig's music; he’s able to write in such a way that’s so visually stimulating that you find yourself transported into the song itself.
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Mike Puke - Album Review: The Sound of Puke
25 Jan 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
The Sound of Puke is possibly the best, and most fitting, title for an album ever. The album begins with the title track, The Sound of Puke which starts with a sample of The Sound Of Music straight from Julie Andrews' mouth, but don’t worry she’s vocally run over before she can say ‘music’, as Mike sings "Puke" over her singing the word ‘music’…If you’re unsure what I mean, give it a listen.
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Dead Little Penny - Single Review: Depression
25 Jan 2019 // A review by J_Plates
Dead Little Penny rides on the wave of previously released singles U 4 Me and Honeycomb with their brooding new single and supporting video for Depression. With members Hayley Smith and Simon Buxton both originating from England, it is evident that their musical roots have crossed over, taking influence from a range of UK Shoegaze, Dream-Pop, and Post-Punk bands of decades past.
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n1ghtmar3cat - Single Review: Lost And Found
24 Jan 2019 // A 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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Soaked Oats - Gig Review: Soaked Oats @ Whammy Bar, Auckland - 19/01/2019
24 Jan 2019 // A review by Lou Clement
Dunedin-based Soaked Oats took the stage on a warm Saturday evening, as part of their Shuggah Doom tour. The four piece are made up of lead vocalist Oscar Mein, guitarist Henry Francis, Max Holmes on bass and Conor Feehly on drums.
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Skinny Hobos - Gig Review: Skinny Hobos @ Valhalla, Wellington - 19/01/2019
22 Jan 2019 // A review by Tony McDonald
One of Wellington's last great venues was kicking out rock odour once more as the Skinny Hobos took to the stage. It's 10:45pm and the murky undertones of Valhalla were ringing out in the streets before I even entered the venue.
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ATU - EP Review: Point of View
22 Jan 2019 // A review by terry666
ATU's Point of View is an instrumental EP mainly focused on the guitar but written, performed, recorded and mastered in its entirety by ATU. It has an amazing cover, which in itself asks a question.
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Gig Review: Idles with Miss June @ Tuning Fork, Auckland - 20/01/2019
21 Jan 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
I first came across Idles around 6 months ago. A good friend of mine in the UK posted something on Facebook along the lines of “I have come late to the Idles party but fucking hell....
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The Generation - Single Review: Signs
21 Jan 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
The Generation are a relatively new band to emerge from The Waikato; founded by singer/songwriter ZVI and guitarist Grenville Bell (ex-Katchafire), and they are starting to turn some heads with their smooth blend of original Reggae/Soul and progressive music. They certainly turned mine.
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Alanna Eileen - Single Review: Faded Image
21 Jan 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Alanna Eileen’s new single Faded Image marks a stylistic departure from much of her other work. It wavers between chocolate box and alt country.
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Same Name Confusion - EP Review: In Theory
18 Jan 2019 // A review by J_Plates
Wellington based & self-proclaimed Alternative Dance-Pop act Same Name Confusion present their latest collection of tracks via a compact and brilliantly delivered four track EP titled In Theory.In a world more frequently riddled with unusual chaos and complexity, SNC offer their genuinely unique perspective, incorporating a host of insightful ideas and observations buried within intelligently thought out lyrics, and emphasized by a catchy rhythm section that solidifies each track in its own modest way.
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Anxiety Club - Single Review: Ginger In The Summer
17 Jan 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
“Our love burned-up like a Ginger in the Summer, halfway down Dominion Road...” Now if this up-tempo fun and friendly song with the above lyric, amongst many clever turns of phrase, doesn’t become a huge hit, I’ll buy a hat just to eat it.
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The Diamond Dead - Single/Video Review: No Revolution
16 Jan 2019 // A review by Tony McDonald
Wearing little more than a red bra the female equivalent of Marilyn Manson is trapped inside a chaotic room. This crazy thought-provoking video tries and succeeds to crawl under your skin.
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Mundi - Gig Review: Mundi @ Botanical Gardens, Wellington - 10/01/2019
15 Jan 2019 // A review by voodoobloo
Before even arriving at the venue, I knew I was in for a treat. This wasn't my first visit to the Soundshell at the Wellington Botanical Gardens, but it was obvious that Mundi and the venue would go hand in hand after listening to their latest single Still Song Goes On.
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Riqi Harawira - Single Review: Kia ora
15 Jan 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Riqi Harawira has been performing solo for many years now, following his time as guitarist for The Dead Flowers, and it is clear he has crafted his music to perfection. Kia ora features on his second album Mauri, which is due to be released mid-January 2019 through Waatea Music.
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Dragon - Gig Review: Toto and Jefferson Starship with Dragon @ Hagley Park, Christchurch - 13/01/2019
14 Jan 2019 // A review by jacquiew
The sound of deck chairs being put out, the rustle of picnic baskets, and the popping of corks were good signs that Christchurch was ready for a relaxing summer afternoon of music in North Hagley Park. Rain was forecast (and some did eventuate) but this didn't dampen spirits.
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Ms. Take - Single Review: Silver & Gold
13 Jan 2019 // A review by Matt Mutinous
New Zealand music has always had a special relationship with summer, whether it be at the beach or on the long roadie us kiwis love to take our music with us. So fitting is the debut single from solo artist {Ms.
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Ben Ruegg - EP Review: The Journey
13 Jan 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
Wow, where did this beauty come from?Just 66 likes on Ben Ruegg’s Facebook page and little all else to go on.
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Investigator - EP Review: Investigator
13 Jan 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
I love those old Seventies cops showsThe ones like 'Starsky and Hutch' or 'The Sweeney', and more recently the retro loving politically incorrect 'Life on Mars'. The thing with these shows is they are more memorable for the banter and chemistry between the players than any actual cases or crimes being solved.
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David Edwards - Fiff Dimension - Album Review: Other Islands: 2012-2018
13 Jan 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser
Fiff Dimension is an umbrella label for audio visual projects by David Edwards (AKA Dave Black), solo or with various collaborators. Other Islands is a collection of work spanning 2012 to 2018, recorded by Edwards and a wide plethora of collaborators, in a myriad of styles.
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The Frank Burkitt Band - Gig Review: The Frank Burkitt Band at The Boathouse, Nelson - 11/01/2019
11 Jan 2019 // A review by jacquiew
The Boathouse welcomed The Frank Burkitt Band with a chocolate box Nelson summer’s evening, complete with a beautiful peach-toned sunset and an audience that had been enjoying an early evening meal on the deck prior to the gig. The general mood was possibly at odds with Frank Burkitt and his partner Kara Filbey’s choice of opening number, a somewhat sombre cover of a Randy Newman song about a hurricane called Louisiana 1927.
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Fat Freddy's Drop - Gig Review: Fat Freddy's Drop @ Neudorf Vineyard, Nelson - 09/01/2019
10 Jan 2019 // A review by jacquiew
If any band epitomises the joy of a summer evening it has to be Fat Freddy's Drop. Neudorf Vineyard near Nelson provided the perfect natural setting for the luscious, relaxed sounds of this seven-member musical institution.
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Gig Review: Toto with Jefferson Starship and Dragon @ ASB Baypark, Mount Maunganui - 09/01/2019
10 Jan 2019 // A review by Brendan McCarthy
The entertainment on offer in Tauranga in the summer of 2018/19 was lined up to be a significant upgrade to previous years when this gig was announced back in August 2017. With other established large events in the area catering to the Reggae and under 25 markets, this event was set to draw out the (genre alert) "Adult Contemporary Fans".
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Album Review: Waiuku College - Our Sound
09 Jan 2019 // A review by Trevor Faville
Changes in secondary education point towards project based and /or big picture learning approaches which attempts, among other things, to replicate ‘real world situations and experiences. The idea being that learning would involve many curriculum linking into a project or experience.
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Namesake - EP Review: 4 Songs
09 Jan 2019 // A review by Steve Shyu
A band named Namesake. An EP simply titled 4 Songs.
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David Sutton - Album Review: Upside-Down World
06 Jan 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
David Sutton, originally from Essex in the UK and now based in Wellington has added another album to his impressive range. Upside-Down World is his latest release proving that the man of few words and very little self-promotion is still “writing and recording songs.
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Gravel Pit - EP Review: Gravel Pit
03 Jan 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard
Speed...... the faster you go, the harder the hit.
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The Jordan Luck Band - Gig Review: Jordan Luck Band @ The Playhouse, Nelson - 28/12/2018
29 Dec 2018 // A review by jacquiew
An amiable capacity crowd gathered at The Playhouse in Mapua for a post-Christmas trip down memory lane with The Jordan Luck Band. The band delivered all that was expected and more in a tight, accomplished, and high-energy set.
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Gig Review: Twenty One Pilots @ Spark Arena, Auckland - 21/12/2018
22 Dec 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
The last time Twenty One Pilots came to Auckland I wasn’t sure what to expect. Although I enjoyed their music it wasn’t something, I was rushing out to buy.
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Wendyhouse - Album Review: Banana Wine
22 Dec 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
It’s not often you put on an album and there’s no two songs which sound the same, but that is especially true for Wendyhouse’s Banana Wine CD. The 24-track album opens with a brief but wonderful song Lucky.
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Rob Joass - Single Review - Souvenir
19 Dec 2018 // A review by Kerry Kingi
Rob Joass has been busy working on his solo project, and his new single Souvenir from his upcoming album Pencarrow will be released early 2019. You can find this single on Rob's Bandcamp page.
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Leighton Fairlie - Single Review: Galaxy
19 Dec 2018 // A review by Kerry Kingi
Leighton Fairlie has just released his stunning debut single Galaxy. This track starts off with some nice crisp Reggae style guitars and interesting vocal effects.
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Paper Cranes - Album Review: Voices
19 Dec 2018 // A review by butch181
Due for release January 18, 2019, Voices is the second full-length album from Indie Folk duo Paper Cranes. While comprised of ten tracks, the album has a short overall runtime of just over 35 minutes.
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Beacon Bloom - Single Review: Jobim
18 Dec 2018 // A review by J_Plates
Beacon Bloom is the brainchild of musician Ryan Ferris with supporting member James Allen, drawing on the sonic cultures and experiences collected whilst travelling the globe in search of musical inspiration. Their debut promo single Jobim provides a stable basis of electronica infused with soul, funk, and pop sensibilities going beyond the 03:30 standard, and backed by a fittingly designed cover art which reinforces the tone of the track.
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This Pale Fire - Single Review: Float Out
17 Dec 2018 // A review by butch181
Float Out is about the process of letting things go, moving forward, learning from your past experiences, growing as a result. As such, the track has an intrinsically emotional weight to it.
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Miller Yule - EP Review: Miller Yule Live
17 Dec 2018 // A review by butch181
Miller Yule Live is a good length EP, consisting of seven tracks with a total runtime of over 30 minutes. Performing a setlist that is mostly sourced from his 2016 EP Shoot Me In The Heart (reviewed here), Miller Yule has also added in his single Diamonds (released in November 2017 and reviewed here), a stripped down adaptation of Six60's Don't Give It Up, and a new track to spice it up further.
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Gig Reivew: Wu Tang Clan @ The Trusts Arena, Auckland - 14/12/2018
16 Dec 2018 // A review by James Castady-Kristament
The most iconic and arguably the best Hip-Hop group of all time graced West Auckland's Trust Arena on Friday night to celebrate 25 years of the Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) album, which they performed in its entirety.  The night started with DJ Sir-Vere and MC JB the War Villain followed by local Hip Hop group SWIDT who dropped tracks from their debut album including Ric Flair and No Emotion In The Wild.
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Brendan Pyper - Single Review: Falling For You
14 Dec 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
The new track from Brendan Pyper, Falling For You is heavily auto-tuned into the chorus intro. This then fades into the first verse about the 20 second mark, then the chorus hits at 50 seconds, back to verse two at 1:17.
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Empire To Ashes - Album Review: Trinity: Complete
14 Dec 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
The final instalment from Auckland based alternative-electronica project Empire To Ashes (Jamie Denton), has just been released. It is an amalgamation of the three previous albums, [In Pieces], Deconstructed [Between The Pieces] and Beneath to create one new, cohesive piece of experimental, electro-drone, alternative-electronica soundscapes and tracks titled Trinity: Complete.
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Trepidations - Single Review: I Can't Go On
13 Dec 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
To say this is lo-fi is an understatement. The conversation within the band before they recorded this song I imagine sounds something like this,Will Saunders - “Let's get a band together and record a song.
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Feildings Best Dancers - EP Review: Feildings Best Dancers
12 Dec 2018 // A review by Peter-James Dries
In the words of your mum, Feildings Best Dancers is short, hard, and over far too soon. But she also said Thistle Highland Dancers were the best dancers in Feilding, so what does she know.
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The Vazey Collective - Album Review: TVC
11 Dec 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
If you like your music straight down the middle of the road, no shocks, surprises, twists and turns just good ol’ country/blues rock 'n roll then this album is for you. Rob Vazey has put together an impressive collection of musicians for this debut album which was recorded at Studio 38 in Auckland.
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Congress of Animals - Album Review: Congress of Animals
11 Dec 2018 // A review by eidirbs
Congress of Animals is a New Zealand supergroup bringing together wide branch of talent and friendship, mainly hailing from Wellington. The group mainly consists of Age Pryor (Founder of Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra), Nigel Collins (Actor, Playwright, Flight of the Conchords), Justin 'Firefly' Clarke (Fly My Pretties, Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, music teacher), Ben Lemi (TrinityRoots), Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords) and Deanne Krieg (Singer, Songwriter).
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North Shore Pony Club - EP Review: Abracadabra
11 Dec 2018 // A review by J_Plates
It’s not too often that an artist such as North Shore Pony Club can seemingly rear its head up from the lurky shadows of the washy underground and swish shot a release that is so on target, it instantly leaves a trail of awe in its wake. Their latest EP Abracadabra achieves such a solid state, delivered via a smooth and consistent package of tracks while retaining the usual comically hyperbolic stylings that NSPC have become synonymous with over the past few years.
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Mako Road - EP Review: Local Safari
10 Dec 2018 // A review by butch181
Local Safari is the latest release from Christchurch Indie group Mako Road The four-piece provide a very laid-back and relaxed (albeit short) EP as we enter the prime summer road tripping season.The EP begins with its titular track Local Safari, with some pleasant keys and a generally unhurried pace, controlled by a simple hi hat and snare drum combo.
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Kerretta - Single Review: Chroma Queens
10 Dec 2018 // A review by butch181
Chroma Queens is the first single from upcoming LP release Exiscens (due for release on December 14), which is the first release from Auckland experimental rock act Kerretta for over four years. The band are comprised of bass player William Waters; drummer H.
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Bartells - Single/Video Review: Extraordinary Girl
06 Dec 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
There’s something pretty cool about the whole DIY ethic, from the early Flying Nun years, and now with many artists producing their own material. Sam Bartells, who creates music under his last name, has just released the single Extraordinary Girl with an accompanying self-filmed video.
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Ghost Who Walks - Gig Review: Ghost Who Walks @ Anthology Lounge, Auckland - 30/11/2018
06 Dec 2018 // A review by butch181
Cheers and squeals are let out around Auckland’s Anthology Lounge as The Rubics take to the stage. The six-piece group have been working on making a name for themselves as the groove-makers of the Auckland scene, and from the sound of the audience, they know exactly what they are in for.
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Mudbelly - Single/Video Review: On Fire
06 Dec 2018 // A review by Kris Raven
The whole 'rock is dead thing' is becoming a little painful to hear these days. Sure, we get it, mainstream rock is dead to some, but like the rest of the world, NZ has some incredible rock music!
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Congress of Animals - Gig Review: Congress of Animals @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Auckland - 01/12/2018
05 Dec 2018 // A 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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Zams Feat Zed Koen - Single/Video Review: New Money
05 Dec 2018 // A review by James Castady-Kristament
New Money is the hot new music video from Zaman Lewis AKA Zams, featuring rapper Zed Koen New Money brings the new school rules to the ring with their contemporary trap styles. Vibrant cinematography makes this video pop with colour and movement.
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JCK - Single/Video Review: Headbutt A Spike
05 Dec 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
New Zealand Hip-Hop artist JCK is ending the year with a shocking bang as he releases an animated music video for Headbutt A Spike, this is the third track on his recently released double album Input/Output. No point in beating around the bush or whitewashing the obvious, this is Itchy and Scratchy on acid, it is R18 rated and people will be offended by it “I am not going to lie.
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Apollo SteamTrain - Single Review: Unknown Talent
05 Dec 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Tauranga rock band Apollo SteamTrain has released another infectious new single, just in time to see out the end of 2018. Unknown Talent was written by front man Brendan McCarthy and is described as a “sonic Pop Rock ditty” and is the result of a scrambled mass of thoughts needing to get out and be heard.
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Dan Sharp - Single Review: Satellites
05 Dec 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Taupo-based songwriter Dan Sharp has just released a stunning new single called Satellites. This track was an absolute pleasure to my auditory senses, a gorgeous soulful song which “reflects on the trials of being away from loved ones in pursuit of a dream”.
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French For Rabbits - Single Review: Highest Hill
05 Dec 2018 // A review by eidirbs
"You took my high, higher than the highest hill and then you took me low, lower than I’ve ever felt." French for Rabbits are a two-piece dream-pop band from Wellington.
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Plum Green - Album Review: Sound Recordings
04 Dec 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
Plum Green - remember this name. It is easy to remember and if you listen to this album you will never forget it.
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fleaBITE - Album Review: Bite Me
04 Dec 2018 // A review by Andrew Smit
Finally, there is a children’s album that you can chomp into with glee, fleaBITE are the band and Bite Me is the album, and it's full of surprises, where every song is like a bursting musical festival. As a father of two young ones I have had many hours listening to albums full of standard nursery rhyming fair that after a couple of repeats would start to affect your sanity.
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Gig Review: 2Cellos @The Civic, Auckland - 3/12/2018
04 Dec 2018 // A review by butch181
People were abuzz as they filed into The Civic to get to their seats. Many eyes were enjoying the venue itself as one of Auckland’s last remaining atmospheric theatres, with its soft-top design that floats above the auditorium, with stars and clouds that recreate the Southern Hemisphere sky-scape.
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Fire For Glory - Single Review: Falling With Style
02 Dec 2018 // A 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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Stress - EP Review - Misery Fatigue
02 Dec 2018 // A review by Matt Mutinous
A new addition to the scene, Wellington-based hardcore noise outfit Stress are about to launch their career with their debut release Misery Fatigue. Interested in what exactly that entailed, I was stoked to get a chance to have a sneak peek at this highly anticipated Kiwi band.
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Racing - Gig Review: Racing @ Galatos, Auckland - 30/11/2018
02 Dec 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
Preparing for this review was hilarious. Do a Google search for Racing and yep everything that involves coming first (nope, not those kind of websites) is there except the band.
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The RVMES - Single Review: Vibrant Pictures
01 Dec 2018 // A review by emilyriordan
The RVMES - pronounced ‘the rooms’, from ‘rum and tunes’ - are a new four-piece outfit based in Auckland, made of Edwin Judd (vocals, guitar), Miro Gibson (guitar), Ronaldo Lima (bass), and Logan Fox (drums). Their debut single, Vibrant Pictures, is the delicious first taste of their EP planned for release in February 2019.
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Lisa Crawley - Single/Video Review: Baby It's Fine
30 Nov 2018 // A review by butch181
Lisa Crawley’s latest single Baby It’s Fine is a delightfully unhurried and soulful pop track. Starting with a slow strum of the guitar and an almost acoustic vibe to the bass, there is a slow melancholic edge to the song.
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Aro - Album Review: Manu
29 Nov 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Aro; the husband and wife team made up of Charles and Emily Looker, will be releasing their debut album titled Manu (bird) in February 2019. This ten-track album is a bilingual Te Reo Maori and English native bird inspired project.
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Night Bus - Single Review: Korean Restaurant
28 Nov 2018 // A review by butch181
Self-described as a lo-fi electronic bedroom pop from elusive Wellington figure, night bus is definitely an obscure act. With a Facebook page created less than a fortnight ago, only 5 followers to their name, and a moniker that is otherwise impossible to search for due to common use, any further information about the artist is not forthcoming.
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Tempist Fujit - Album Review: Time Flies
27 Nov 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
Up until this month 4-piece Northland band Tempist Fujit had released the No More Time EP and a single titled Midnight Train. This month the team of Lisa Walters (vocals, guitar), Douglas Gordon (guitar, backing vocals), Harlen Keepa (bass) and Chris Butler (drums) have finally released their first full length album.
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Ghost Who Walks - Gig Review: Ghost Who Walks @ Butler's Reef, Oakura - 16/11/2018
26 Nov 2018 // A review by emilyriordan
It's a big ask of any band to play their original material to a pub full of punters there to watch the game, but by the end of their hour-long set Ghost Who Walks had their audience in the palm of their hand.Ghost Who Walks is the project of Wellingtonian Sam Fowles, who sets out to "make music that moves the body and touches the soul".
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MELODOWNZ - EP Review: Melo & Blues
26 Nov 2018 // A review by Kerry Kingi
NZ Hip-Hop/RNB artist Melodownz has been busy in the studio working on his new 10 track EP Melo & Blues.The first track Get Money featuring Louis Baker has a smooth intro with some lush soft notes from the keys and some true to life lyrics.
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Matthew J.Ruys - Single Review: People X People Feat. Speech
26 Nov 2018 // A review by J_Plates
Those familiar with Matthew J. Ruys’s previous work may remember him best as Matty J; the RnB/Hip Hop vocalist, producer, and writer, whose music career kicked off in the early 90’s through his involvement with groups Houseparty, Fuemana and Strawpeople.
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Baitercell - EP Review: Toka
23 Nov 2018 // A review by butch181
Toka is the latest release from Baitercell; an EP comprised of three Drum n Bass tracks with 100% Te Reo Maori lyrics. The tracks Te Wai Te Ora (The Water, The Life), Te Pukumeke (The Final Strike) and Hine Ruru (A goddess in the form of a native owl of Aotearoa), are inspired by Papatuanuku, Tangaroa, Ranginui (the respective Maori gods of earth, water and sky) and the connection we need to have with our earth.
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Gig Review: Tom Cunliffe & Emily Fairlight @ The Cook, Dunedin - 10/11/2018
23 Nov 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
The Cook is home to a few music fans, with a few still standing or swaying from the city's craft beer festival, which had people imbibing from mid-morning. Tom Cunliffe opens up the evening's performance with the fantastic song Came My Way.
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Kong Fooey - Double Single Review: Believe Me & Giving Up On Love
23 Nov 2018 // A review by J_Plates
Christchurch collective Kong Fooey comes across as a bit of an enigma.Their 2015 album Final Destination offers a wide range of styles and influences, blending Funk, Hip Hop, and Electronic genres presented under a more traditional band unit of revolving contributors.
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VTMNK - Single Review: Red Wine
20 Nov 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
VTMNK ('Vitamin K') are a Dunedin duo, Latham Hunt on guitars and Veronika Bell (VK) on vocals. The pair came together spontaneously at one of Dunedin’s many open mic nights and have been performing regularly in Dunedin with a foray to Christchurch earlier in 2018.
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Lexxa - Single Review: Get Out
20 Nov 2018 // A review by rupakelly
Lexxa returns with Get Out, a follow up to their synth pop jam I Got Better Friends Now. After a good year of touring and opening for both local and international heavyweights, Get Out is an excellent second studio release.
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Gig Review: ZM's Friday Night Jams @ Western Springs, Auckland - 18/11/2018
19 Nov 2018 // A review by butch181
Ten minutes before gates open and the entrance way to Western Springs is packed to the brim with excited fans wearing cardboard Burger King Crowns in the hopes of receiving a free upgrade to the BK Stage. With some scattered cloud, the day was humid, but ultimately much more manageable, providing some respite from the intense sun.
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Will Saunders - Album Review: Inside Walking
19 Nov 2018 // A review by emilyriordan
Auckland based musician and visual artist Will Saunders has three solo albums under his belt already. His latest release, Inside Walking, is self-produced and mastered by Dave Hine at The Dank.
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Al Fraser - Album Review: Toitu Te Puoro
18 Nov 2018 // A review by jacquiew
Toitu Te Puoro by Al Fraser is a beautiful creation from beginning to end. It’s exquisitely presented in a well-designed CD case with accompanying booklet, which is important given the narrative it contains about Fraser’s journey with taonga puoro and its photographs and descriptions of the instruments made and played by him.
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Grant Duncan - Album Review: Early Morning Rise
18 Nov 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
Sometimes music grabs you instantly, some music can be instantly dismissed, and some music deserves to be played over and over before it can be fully appreciated. I have had Early Morning Rise the new album from Grant Duncan for a while.
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Racing - Gig Review: Racing with Dual @ Moon, Wellington - 15/11/2018
16 Nov 2018 // A review by Tony McDonald
Without any warning or announcement, a huge boom blasts through Moon. It's 9:15pm on Thursday night, pizzas and beers are flowing and the atmosphere has just kicked in!
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Cheshire Grimm - Single Review: So Much For The Summer
16 Nov 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Cheshire Grimm has been through several incarnations since they started out in the beautiful garden city of Hamilton back in 2012. Kat Waswo (vocals/bass) and Lora Thompson (guitar/vocals) now joined by Craig Gilliver on drums have released their latest grungy, gloom rock track So Much For The Summer.
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Superette - Single Review: Pretty Picture
16 Nov 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
It’s been a long time between drinks for fans of Superette and Dave Mulcahy’s exceptional songwriting. However, a thirst quencher is being poured in the form of the release of the song Pretty Picture.
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Eight Eyed Orchid - EP Review: One by One & Two by Two
16 Nov 2018 // A review by Sass_Metal
About 10 years ago if I had heard this EP I wouldn’t have been able to appreciate its complex intricacies. As I write this, I’m on my 5th listen and I keep noticing more; more layers, depth, complexities I missed the previous times I’ve listened to it.
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Age Pryor - Single Review: Burning Sun
15 Nov 2018 // A review by Miss_Jukebox
Having built a steady portfolio of compositions since the turn of this century, Age Pryor (Fly My Pretties, The Woolshed Sessions, Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra) has inconspicuously become a pillar amongst New Zealand’s finest artists. And in the same understated way his career has unfolded so far, his new single Burning Sun retains the unassuming charm and placidity of his sound.
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Alice Foulds - EP Review: Oxygen
15 Nov 2018 // A review by butch181
The Oxygen EP is the debut release of Invercargill singer-songwriter Alice Foulds; the four-track EP having total run-time just short of 16 minutes. Opening track Not Human is really the stand out song on the album.
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Empire To Ashes - Album Review: Beneath
15 Nov 2018 // A review by Carl Hayman
A few of you may have heard the name Jamie Denton from some of NZ’s most powerful underground rock bands from the last 15 to 20 years. Jamie has always laid down the heavy hitting basslines for rock bands ranging in genre from dark moody metal-based bands, to straight up radio rock, to borderline punk.
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Written by Wolves - EP Review: Prologue
14 Nov 2018 // A review by Kris Raven
Firstly, let’s start by saying, Finally! Written by Wolves have dropped their debut extended play Prologue and I imagine for the band and fans this has been a long time coming.
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Racing - Album Review: Real Dancing
13 Nov 2018 // A review by eidirbs
Racing might as well be noted right now as an ode to everything great about the New Zealand indie music scene. With Ed Knowles and Sven Pettersen from indie rock greats, The Checks, Daniel Barrett of Sherpa and Izaak Houston of Space Creeps they are destined to create a fusion that pleases every sense of your mind, body and power upon listening.
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This Flight Tonight - Single Review: Bender & Lies
13 Nov 2018 // A review by butch181
Bender & Lies is the latest single from This Flight Tonight, and interestingly the fourth track released from the 2018 EP Nothing to Declare, despite being the opening track of the release. The track tows the line between raw Rock 'n Roll, and light-hearted Pop-Rock.
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Sea Mouse - Double Single Review: 'Skeletons' and 'Numbers'
12 Nov 2018 // A review by eidirbs
Sea Mouse are a Wellington trio perfecting the finely tuned blend of blues and rock. They create an audio experience that will leave listeners ears ringing for days thanks to your absolute desire to turn these songs all the way up.
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Shepherds Reign - Gig Review: Shepherds Reign @ Ding Dong Lounge, Auckland - 3/11/2018
11 Nov 2018 // A review by butch181
It was looking to be a late night at Ding Dong Lounge with the 8:30 start time being pushed back to 9, then being pushed back even further as they waited for the patrons to make their way upstairs. Traitor’s Fate finally taking to the stage, Shepherds Reign vocalist Filivaa welcome everyone and introduced the evening with a very simple "Welcome to the Shepherds Reign party thing.
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Anxiety Club - EP Review: Black Heart
11 Nov 2018 // A review by DemonsDigest
The opening track from Anxiety Club's new EP is titled Holes In My Skin, and within an instant I was in love with it and felt a connection from the first line “when the lights went out I said to myself I will never be here again”. Who among us hasn’t felt like that at some point?
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Tali - Album Review: Love & Migration
11 Nov 2018 // A review by J_Plates
Tali releases her first full length Drum n Bass album since 2011’s Dark Days, High Nights, firmly planted on a label fans will undoubtedly know as synonymous with all things Soulful and Deep; Fokuz Recordings via Rotterdam, Netherlands. The “Liquid” Drum n Bass genre has become seemingly instilled with a certain genericism over the past few years; drum tracks often sounding like they’ve been plucked from the same static “sample pack of the moment”, and arrangements & instrumentation rarely taper off into unknown territory.
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The Flaming Mudcats - Album Review: Cut Loose
09 Nov 2018 // A review by jacquiew
The Flaming Mudcats' Cut Loose celebrates the band's tenth anniversary in fine style. This is a solid, rocking blues album from a well-established and well-loved kiwi act.
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Craig Payne - Album Review: Good News
05 Nov 2018 // A review by Peter-James Dries
Come one, come all. Roll up and step inside the time machine of Payne.
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Corduroy. - Single Review: Waiting Game
03 Nov 2018 // A review by Kerry Kingi
Corduroy. have just released their 2nd Single Waiting Game.
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Elemeno P - Gig Review: Elemeno P @ Nectar, Auckland
03 Nov 2018 // A review by butch181
Nestled within The Kingslander is the Nectar function area, a lovely warm area, with a wide deep stage area. The only real downside is that the stage area has a step about four metres away from the stage that could become a trip and fall hazard during the night depending on how packed the venue is.
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Investigator - Single Review: Goodbye Car
03 Nov 2018 // A review by eidirbs
"You ran over my heart, I said goodbye to that car" Investigator’s solo frontman, Adrian Drew is back again this month with another new single, building up for his five track EP due for release in December of this year. The raw vocals and classic rock sound of Investigators music pay homage to the Route 66 lifestyle.
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Kaela - Single Review: Set Me Free
02 Nov 2018 // A review by eidirbs
"I stir within your clarity, I know you're not the one for me."Kaela is the alias of the indie-pop newcomer, Leah Navanua.
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Gig Review: Foreigner & the ANU Orchestra @ Claudelands Arena, Hamilton - 01/11/2018
02 Nov 2018 // A review by butch181
The rain had finally given up for the day, though the wind remained as the scores of patrons headed into Claudelands Arena. Announcements over the speaker system announced the show would be commencing soon, so everyone was rushing around trying to find their seats.
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Superturtle - Album Review: Student Flat Reunion
31 Oct 2018 // A review by butch181
Student Flat Reunion is the fourth album from Superturtle. With the exception of frontman Darren McShane, the group has had a revolving door of musicians associated with them since the band’s inception.
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Shihad - Shihad @ Brewers Indoor Arena, Mt Maunganui - 27/10/2018
31 Oct 2018 // A review by River Tucker
Shihad couldn’t have asked for better support acts in the form of Villainy and Kora for their 30th Anniversary Tour gig last weekend at Mt Maunganui. Not only did all the bands bring their A game to the stage, the audience was fully locked, loaded and set to celebrate thirty years of Shihad’s musical success.
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DEAF - EP Review: The DEAF EP
31 Oct 2018 // A review by eidirbs
If you’re feeling reminiscent of the times you let your Joy Division and New Order records be the only thing in your rotation, just wishing there were more great post-punk bands in your life then look no further. Of course, if you’re as big of a fan you’ve probably already heard of Deaf.
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Fire For Glory - Single Review: Stray Dogs
30 Oct 2018 // A 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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Pale Flag - Single/Video Review: In The Moment
30 Oct 2018 // A review by eidirbs
Pale Flag is a 5-piece metal from Auckland, New Zealand. While they are both young and very new on the scene they bring us promise for great things with their first single In This Moment.
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Tui Mamaki - Album Review: Fly
29 Oct 2018 // A review by jacquiew
Tui Mamaki's album Fly is an ancestral crie du coeur inspired by her time spent living in Bulgaria. Tui was born in France and raised in Aotearoa/New Zealand and there is a certain global transcendence to her music.
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Gig Review: You're The Future Of Music @ Anthology Lounge, Auckland
29 Oct 2018 // A review by butch181
One never knows what to expect from a Wednesday night at a live music venue, but Anthology Lounge has been hosting a series of affordable musical experiences under the name You’re The Future Of Music. Previously focusing on singer-songwriters, Wednesday the 24th was their first night including bands in the series.
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Missy - Single/Video Review: Hate Me
29 Oct 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
I think most of us have been in a relationship at some point that is both toxic and intoxicating. On the surface it seems simple, we like/love each other so we can get through anything right?
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Two Cartoons - Single Review: Less People (Less Traffic)
29 Oct 2018 // A review by Ria Loveder
Back in 2015 I reviewed Two Cartoons EP Lost Boys Club and raved about how they seem to so effortlessly create tunes that need to be sung loud and proud. Three years later, their latest single Less People (Less Traffic) is no exception.
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Ladi6 - Single/Video Review: Diagonals
28 Oct 2018 // A review by eidirbs
Ladi6 is a New Zealand musical icon, there's no denying it. Her sound melts perfectly into the listener's senses.
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Mazroy - Single Review: Ask Me Something
28 Oct 2018 // A review by J_Plates
Electronic beat maker and shed enthusiast Mazroy debuts his latest single Ask Me Something, from an undisclosed location somewhere in Wellington. Although it’s a track oozing unique character and is equally interesting stylistically (fusing wonky Future Garage influenced beats, airy organic vocals, and a lush accompaniment of intelligently arranged pads and keyboards); the one unfortunate let down to the entire production is that it contains some serious “out-of-phase” issues, ultimately distracting from an otherwise brilliantly charming track.
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Shihad - Gig Review: Shihad @ Auckland Town Hall, Auckland - 26/10/2018
27 Oct 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
It’s 1999 and I am in the UK, never heard of a band called Shihad. MTV or some other show plays this video with a band all dressed in white looking completely insane and there is this speed driven riff going off.
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Alae - Album Review: Henry St
27 Oct 2018 // A review by rupakelly
Henry St is the debut LP from NZ indie-folk band Alae. After the success of their first self-titled EP Alae and the subsequent tour they undertook coupled with the release of their singles Too Strung Up and Stone Cold, Alae entered the studio to work on their first full length album.
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Strangely Arousing - Gig Review: Strangely Arousing @ Tuning Fork, Auckland - 19/10/2018
24 Oct 2018 // A review by rupakelly
Strangely Arousing, hot off their strangely unconventional 7-date tour of South Korea and China crashed into the Tuning Fork In a hot beat and fantastic fashion. Bringing with them Joe's Van and their own DJ Straw Hat providing enjoyable jams between sets, the night was bursting with potential.
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Tablefox - Single Review: Like A River
24 Oct 2018 // A review by butch181
Tablefox’s latest upcoming release Like A River, is an interesting piece. Written in the form of an internal monologue, the lyrics serve the function of either a motivational instrument or an anchor in emotional times, whichever the situation demands.
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Coridian - Single/Video Review: Better Off
23 Oct 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Coridian are back again with a “crushing” new single Better Off . The four-piece Auckland based rock group with impressive energy and a powerful sound are continuing their pursuit for radio domination with yet another stunner of a release.
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Max Jax Relax - EP Review: Max Jax Relax
23 Oct 2018 // A review by J_Plates
Wellington based 3-piece Max Jax Relax debut two moody, stripped back productions oozing melancholy beyond their years. Taking a less is more approach, their first release gives the listener a solid prelude into what the lads are all about.
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Art School - EP Review: Art School
23 Oct 2018 // A review by butch181
Art School is the short two-track self-titled EP from Wellington five-piece, Art School. Beginning with eight seconds of silence, Clown, kicks in with pulsing synths, leading to some jazzy guitar over the top.
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Greg Johnson - Gig Review: Greg Johnson @ The Pumphouse Theatre, Auckland
23 Oct 2018 // A review by butch181
The long labour weekend was coming to an end, and what better way to spend the free Monday than with an early afternoon musical performance. Heading down the track towards Takapuna’s Pumphouse along the edges of Lake Pupuke, the carpark was full, and the venue was packed with fans eager for the show, long before the event was due to begin.
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Spawts - Single Review: Blue Light Devil
22 Oct 2018 // A review by eidirbs
Spawts is a duo from Auckland. We last heard them collaborating in 2017 on an EP with Two Cartoons who join them to create a four-piece at most live shows.
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The Jiveniles - EP Review: Boss X Rough Edges
22 Oct 2018 // A review by eidirbs
Wellington based alternative rock band, The Jiveniles are fresh on the scene. A three-piece band with influences tugging in every direction, however, they manage to bring that together to create their own sound.
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Dharma Dan - Album Review: Doha
21 Oct 2018 // A review by J_Plates
Dharma Dan drops us into his debut album Doha after years spent exploring meditation and contemplative practices. From the organically drawn self-portrait cover artwork, to the rawness of the production style; it is clear that this is a very honest and personal collection of material.
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Yoko-Zuna - Album review: Voyager
20 Oct 2018 // A review by eidirbs
Yoko-Zuna is an electronica and hip-hop fusion made up of four immensely talented and experienced musicians. Their sound is supported by a diverse range of backgrounds from each member, including the addition of jazz school training which becomes evident in a number of their songs.
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Gig Review: Panic! At The Disco @ Spark Arena, Auckland - 16/10/2018
18 Oct 2018 // A review by Trevor Faville
The backstory of Panic! At the Disco makes for some interesting questions when going to this show.
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Shepherds Reign - Album Review - Shepherds Reign
15 Oct 2018 // A review by Matt Mutinous
New Zealand is world renown for Polynesian musicians, groups like Deceptikonz, Nesian Mystik and Aaradhna are some of the first to come to mind. So, it was surprising to hear of a band breaking the mould and coming straight outta South Auckland into the Kiwi Metal scene.
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Sticky Filth - Gig Review: Sticky Filth @ Galatos, Auckland
14 Oct 2018 // A review by butch181
Walking into Galatos, the sight looked rather grim; 40 minutes after the doors had opened, and less than 20 people were in the venue. Fingers were crossed that it wouldn’t be a poor turnout, and everyone was turning up fashionably late.
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Gig Review: Harry Lyon @ Galatos, Auckland
14 Oct 2018 // A review by butch181
A typical New Zealand spring week was coming to an end, and the weather was all over the place; tepid air, disrupted by short, icy bursts of rain. But the cold shards of precipitation weren’t enough to keep people away, and as soon as doors opened, smartly dressed music fans began to flood in.
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Oakley Grenell - Single Review: Frienemy
14 Oct 2018 // A review by Kerry Kingi
Oakley Grenell has just released his new single Frienemy on his own record label, Central Records. It features Silva MC on vocals.
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Animalhead - Single Review: Rabbit Hole
13 Oct 2018 // A review by Brendan McCarthy
Having been a fan of Animalhead's first release The Devil Told Me So, it was an easy decision to sign on and give the new track a spin. Armed with first-hand knowledge of the massive live sound that these 3 lads from West Auckland can produce, I grabbed myself a beer, strapped into my computer chair and applied headphones.
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Investigator - Single Review: Livin' In A Magazine
12 Oct 2018 // A review by eidirbs
This one is definitely for any retro, old school rock fans. Adrian Drew, better known as Investigator brings us his first single Livin’ in a Magazine, as he prepares for the release of his 5 track EP this December.
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The AJ Crawshaw Band - Video/Single Review: Life's For The Living
12 Oct 2018 // A review by butch181
This Mental Health Awareness Week brings the latest offering from The AJ Crawshaw Band; track that brings light to the artists own struggles with serious depression, to the point that he had planned how he would end it. Life’s For The Living is a living testament that life does get better and passes on the words that helped him through the darkness and back to the light; “Just ‘cos you can’t see it, don’t mean it’s not there.
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Ravenhall - Single/Video Review: Straight Up
12 Oct 2018 // A review by terry666
Straight Up is the latest single and video from Ravenhall - Auckland based duo Chris Brebner and Joe Ravenhall. From my understanding these guys have been in multiple bands together over the years and they have performed as Ravenhall for around 5 years.
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Geoff Ong - Single/Video Review: Don’t Know You No More
12 Oct 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Not long after his successful single Fingerprints was released and received airplay on actual radio stations, comes Auckland based Geoff Ong’s “banger” of a tune Don’t Know You No More, coinciding with a fun, frolicsome somewhat tongue-in-cheek video directed by Lochana Wijesundera, busting moves reminiscent of the “Carlton” (youngins may have to Google that) and cementing his self-proclaimed status of “pop star for dorks”. He has a wicked sense of humour which has given me a few giggles whilst stalking him for research.
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Gig Review: Steve Gunn & Arthur Ahbez @ Southern Fork Americana Festival, Auckland - 06/10/2018
10 Oct 2018 // A review by rupakelly
The Southern Fork Americana Festival returns again to New Zealand, bringing with it a tantalising and exciting selection of artists from a range of genres held under the umbrella of Americana. Expect folk, plaid and all things good and wholesome to vibe out to steel guitars from a who's who of some of the premier artists kicking it in the scene today.
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Sky Canvas - Single Review: Fossil
09 Oct 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Alternative Soul/hip hop 5 piece band Sky Canvas from Wellington, have released a funky new single Fossil - a rich bluesy beat infused with synth and accompanied by the strong soulful vocals of Katelin Little. Fossil is a jazzy number with a futuristic sound.
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Mel Parsons - Single/Video Review: I Got The Lonely
08 Oct 2018 // A review by jacquiew
Mel Parsons has a gift for writing great hooks - and her latest single I Got The Lonely is an excellent example of that gift in action. I Got The Lonely is a well-executed, clean, and radio-friendly teaser for Parsons' full-length album due to be released later this year.
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Albi & The Wolves - Single Review: It Ain't Easy
08 Oct 2018 // A review by jacquiew
It Ain't Easy is a 'rollicking good time' of a single from Tui Award-winning group Albi and the Wolves. Tight-as-a-drum vocal harmonies pack a punch from the very outset and the perfect pacing of this track as a whole maintains the listener's interest throughout.
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Emma G - Single/Video Review: Superhero
08 Oct 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
I have loved Emma G from the moment I first reviewed her single King For A Day in 2017. She has a powerful voice which has the ability to transcend between genres effortlessly.
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Biobird - EP Review: Counter Productive
05 Oct 2018 // A review by rupakelly
Biobird is a one-man Dubstep project, with the main man Caleb Bird hailing from Hamilton. This is his third release, and his second EP, titled Counter Productive.
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The Upbeats - EP Review: No Sleep 'Til Japan & Iceland
05 Oct 2018 // A review by butch181
No Sleep ‘Til Japan & Iceland is an EP that has been seven months in the making from kiwi Drum and Bass duo The Upbeats. Completed partly in thanks to a crowdfunding effort raising nearly £9,000 for international collaborations to occur.
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Jaggers x Lines - Album Review: Burn Cycle
05 Oct 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
Dunedin EDM (Electric Dance Music) duo Jaggers X Lines have been putting in the mahi (work) over a few years; headlining their own shows and playing support slots to some credible touring acts including looping wunderkind Tash Sultana. The pairing of Eliana Gray and Morgan Smilie describe themselves as ‘alt-pop weirdos’, and it’s a fitting description.
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Helen Corry - EP Review: Later For The Real Show
04 Oct 2018 // A review by butch181
Later For The Real Show is the latest EP release for Helen Corry, and is a long-awaited release; after the first single Strike was made available 10 months ago, and the follow-up single La Femme having a “controversial” music video that resulted on Corry’s Facebook page being temporarily removed. While expected that the fans would have heard these tracks before at live shows, it’s an interesting move to release a five-track EP where three of the songs have already been released individually as singles.
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Hault - Single Review: Red Dress
03 Oct 2018 // A review by butch181
Red Dress is the latest release from Wellington three-piece Hault. A blitz of a song, tracking in at only 1:40; it has that concise and impassioned sound that tells you Hault have emerged from the underground scene.
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Otium - EP Review: You
03 Oct 2018 // A review by Peter-James Dries
I’m usually reluctant to go too deep into music that on the surface seems shallow, or popular. Reading that this was reggae/funk hybrid band that sung on love initially made me shrivel.
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Daffodils - Gig Review: Daffodils @ Tuning Fork, Auckland - 27/09/2018
01 Oct 2018 // A review by rupakelly
I spent the best times of my formative years adventuring into a multitude of venues, gigs, and shows. These gave me many fond memories of meeting up with friends, going out and enjoying our mutual interest: music.
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Craig Payne - Single Review: Just Like Yesterday
01 Oct 2018 // A review by DemonsDigest
There is nothing bad that I can say about Just Like Yesterday, the new single from Christchurch Rock musician Craig Payne - the lyrics are incredibly catchy, and the backing track is light and makes me think of road trips in Summer while listening to this.I know Summer is little while away but with lines like “the times we had, it’s just like yesterday” I’m picking this to be my Summer song, I simply love how well the music and lyrics flow together and I believe it speaks volumes about Craig's experience as a musician.
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Mitch James - Gig Review: Mitch James @ The Powerstation, Auckland - 28/09/2018
29 Sep 2018 // A review by butch181
Auckland weather was rather tepid for a spring Friday night, and as such the people were out on the streets happily checking out what was going on around town. On such event was a sold-out show at the Powerstation.
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Hallelujah Picassos - Single Review: Voices of One
27 Sep 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
The new single from Auckland indie cult band Hallelujah Picassos, Voices of One, seemed to come from out of the blue. The flip side is a Picassos' tune that anyone who listened to the student radio network in the mid to late 1990's will know that Black Spade Picasso Core was a favourite for many - possibly due to the profanity in the chorus…or maybe that was just me.
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Estère - Single/Video Review: Tokoloshe with Raiza Biza
27 Sep 2018 // A review by Shade
In Zulu mythology, a Tokoloshe is a dwarf-like water sprite. It is considered a mischievous and evil spirit that is called upon by malevolent people to cause trouble for others.
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Social Shun - Album Review: Somewhere Between Hate and Muffins
24 Sep 2018 // A review by Peter-James Dries
Somewhere Between Hate and Muffins: An experiment-like review for an experimental album. Observations Muffins: Warm.
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Don McGlashan - Gig Review: Don McGlashan @ Totara St, Mount Maunganui - 20/09/2018
23 Sep 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Don McGlashan has a voice which is instantly recognisable to many Kiwis, formerly from bands such as The Mutton Birds, Blam Blam Blam, The Front Lawn and The Bellbirds among others. He is a talented multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer who has now gone solo and is wowing crowds up and down the country with his Free Flight tour.
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The Chills - Gig Review: The Chills @ 50 Gorillas, Dunedin - 21/09/2018
22 Sep 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
As I sit here listening to Snow Bound, re-writing this from notes in bed the morning after the gig, while I sip black coffee and eat chocolate and ginger biscuits, I feel life is good. And more importantly, this LP and tour really could be perfect for relaunching The Chills globally.
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Mixed Vege - Single/Video Review: Take Take Take
20 Sep 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Mixed Vege is an Auckland based band fronted by Goodshirt’s Rodney Fisher. They have just released their debut single Take Take Take .
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Laconic Zephyr - Single Review: Seek A New Day
20 Sep 2018 // A review by butch181
The latest offering from New Plymouth five-piece Laconic Zephyr, Seek A New Day, is an oddly mixed track.The track is a slow builder that doesn't quite pay off in the long run.
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Lookin Up - Single Review: Don't
20 Sep 2018 // A review by butch181
Don't is the latest release from Auckland punk 3-piece Lookin Up, and it is gritty and heavily distorted. Starting with a riff that is heavily reminiscent to vibe of KoRN's Right Now, Don't emerges into a surprisingly melodic track despite the heaviness.
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Strangely Arousing - Single Review: Ladeda
20 Sep 2018 // A review by butch181
Ladeda is the latest single from Strangely Arousing due for release on September 28th and is a tranquil piece; cruising and comfortable. Right from the start of the track the vocals are the focal point, with lead singer Lukas Wharekura pulling off a variety of sounds; initially having the gritty crooning vocal styling of Rod Stewart before transitioning through a John Mayer sound, until finding his tone for the remainder of the track in something reminiscent of the style of Arctic Monkeys vocalist, Alex Turner.
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Chris William - EP Review: Out of Sight
18 Sep 2018 // A review by Andrew Smit
Out of Sight is an EP with 10 very easy on the ear compositions, with gentle serenading tunes, accompanied by Chris William's velvet vocals that glide on deft orchestral arrangements. You're struck by the clear and crisp tones of the instrumentation, there is piano, a cello, lots of orchestral keys, and they are all compelled forward nicely with modern beats.
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Levi Lights On Project - Gig Review: Levi with The Free Wind @ Wine Cellar, Auckland
18 Sep 2018 // A review by Sass_Metal
I have seen both Brendon and Levi perform with their Rock bands before – Brendon Thomas & the Vibes and Tribal State and knew how talented and how sonically stunning their voices are but I wasn’t prepared for how these two truly talented musicians would sound with the emphasis being more on their voices, than being backed by full bands. Normally I find myself getting bored with too much clean singing and often prefer death metal growls to clean singing.
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Gaz Coombes @ The Tuning Fork, Auckland - 17/09/2018
18 Sep 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
Gaz Coombes along with his mates in Supergrass was part of the soundtrack to many of my heady nights out in the UK in the nineties. They were lumped into the whole Britpop scene by the media there but stood out due to in large part to the observational, conversational songwriting and lyrical style that has since been championed by Alex Turner and Arctic Monkeys.
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Bailterspace - Gig Review: Bailterspace with Wax Chattels @ The Cook, Dunedin - 15/09/2018
16 Sep 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
Wax Chattels: wow, speed and precision. Their first two songs are at a breakneck pace; damn, what a band.
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Devilskin - Gig Review: Devilskin @ Altitude, Hamilton
14 Sep 2018 // A review by butch181
Two hours before the doors officially opened, fans were lining up outside of Hamilton’s Altitude Bar. Some already waiting for the 8pm doors opening, but most there for the VIP experience; getting into the venue early and receiving VIP lanyards, posters and a meet and greet with the band.
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Justin 'Firefly' Clarke - Single Review: Astral Tumbleweed
14 Sep 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Justin Firefly is a Master's Graduate of the New Zealand School of Music and seasoned guitarist based in Wellington. He has traversed the globe performing with such acts as The Woolshed Sessions, Fly My Pretties, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Jess Chambers and the Firefly Orchestra.
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The Chills - LP Review: Snow Bound
13 Sep 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
There's nothing like a little pressure to spur a genius to greatness. Snow Bound could just be the greatest Chills LP yet.
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Pacific Heights - Album Review: A Lost Light
13 Sep 2018 // A review by butch181
A Lost Light is the Pacific Heights album I have been intrigued about ever since I reviewing The Greystone; a single that I described as having “a relaxing, tranquil tone that makes the body want to move gracefully and simultaneously sink into a mass of blankets”. As such, The Greystone is the opening track, which leaves the remainder of the album as exciting, unknown territory.
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Arrays - Album Review: Wreck
13 Sep 2018 // A review by Shade
Wreck is the debut album from talented multi-instrumentalist JP Carroll and follows on from his 2017 EP Motives. Being released under JP's solo heavy rock project Arrays, the title Wreck says so much, yet it says so little.
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Same Name Confusion - Single Review: My Plastic Baby
13 Sep 2018 // A review by butch181
My Plastic Baby is an incredibly preppy track from Same Name Confusion. An incredibly upbeat song, with an 80’s pop-rock vibe.
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Kong Fooey - Single Review: Just For The Night
13 Sep 2018 // A review by butch181
Just For The Night is the first single to be released in the lead up to the release of Kong Fooey’s second album Feel The Love. Well and truly moving away from the soul and hip-hop specific themes of his debut album, Final Destination, producer Jason Peters has maintained a level of funk while exploring a more pop-infused electronic style of music.
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Tommie - Single Review: Better
12 Sep 2018 // A review by butch181
Better is first single from electronic pop artist Tommie, a teaser of what to expect from the forthcoming debut EP Bleach. Providing a simple beat and repeated instrumental riffs, Better places all focus on the vocals on Tommie.
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Fables - Gig Review: Fables @ The Wine Cellar, Auckland
11 Sep 2018 // A review by butch181
Stepping through the door of Auckland’s Wine Cellar, I was caught off-guard. Gone was the empty floor space and in its place were several rows of seats, already nearly full with what looks like a number of friends and family.
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If He Dies He Dies - The Medusa
11 Sep 2018 // A review by Carl Hayman
A while back, I had the privilege of reviewing The Jason McIver Collective, and having watched Jason McIver’s movements with music ever since, I jumped at the chance of getting to review his new band If He Dies He Dies single The Medusa. Now first things first, make sure your speakers are set as loud as they will go without distorting.
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Mitch James - Single Review: Old News
10 Sep 2018 // A review by rupakelly
Coming out of the already fantastically robust music scene of Dunedin, Mitch James has released yet another single ahead of his debut album. Titled Old News the song is a heartfelt statement to one you care for, but one you have wronged and one that is leaving; a sentiment that many can relate to.
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Scott MCB - Single Review: That Day
10 Sep 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Scott MCB is a singer songwriter from Auckland. He has been busy developing his music style and has just released his latest single That Day along with his second video.
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Gearloose - Single Review: Tomorrow At My Fingertips
06 Sep 2018 // A review by butch181
While having previously released music digitally over the last decade on Bandcamp, Tomorrow At My Fingertips is the first official single release from New Zealand’s own Steven King AKA Gearloose ahead of an intended full album release. Instrumentally, Tomorrow At My Fingertips is a very simple track; upbeat but still contemplative, the song is driven by a simple snare/hi-hat combination.
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Sons Of Zion - Sons of Zion @ Powerstation, Auckland
05 Sep 2018 // A 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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Gig Review: Pink @ Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin - 01/09/2018
02 Sep 2018 // A review by jacquiew
Pink took Dunedin to heaven tonight, figuratively and literally, with a stellar performance featuring acrobatics, mesmerising dance, theatre, and powerhouse vocals. The crowd came ready for a good time and when Pink took to the stage slightly after 9pm she declared her intention (following a tongue in cheek fanfare on solo recorder) with Get The Party Started, the star herself swinging from a giant chandelier in a black sequined one-piece suit and singing while hanging upside down.
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Jessy & The Volunteers - Gig Review: Jessy & the Volunteers @ Anthology Lounge, Auckland - 24/08/2018
30 Aug 2018 // A review by butch181
Anthology Lounge is one of the newest kids on the block in regards to gig venues in Auckland City, and the vibe inside is relaxed. Set up with a series of circular booths and tables, the scene is set up more for seated affairs, than jamming people together in the standing area in front of the stage.
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Gig Review: Bob Dylan @ Horncastle Arena, Christchurch - 28/08/2018
29 Aug 2018 // A review by jacquiew
“Expectation is the mother of crisis” as my father is fond of saying. Perhaps no performer visiting New Zealand of late has had the weight of expectation more firmly foisted upon him than Bob Dylan.
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Gig Review: Courtney Barnett @ The Powerstation, Auckland - 28/08/2018
29 Aug 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
I love watching support bands. For some people, they are an excuse to stay in whatever bar, house or car they are preloading in for a little bit longer, but I love the unexpected.
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Jessy & The Volunteers - Single Review: Night Watch
27 Aug 2018 // A 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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LA Thompson - Single Review: It's Raining
27 Aug 2018 // A review by Carl Hayman
LA Thompson is a very accomplished musician having performed all around the country in various capacities, and this is her latest single release It’s Raining. I’ve never heard LA play before as it’s a completely different genre to what I would normally listen to, but what a pleasant surprise for me - I feel quite honoured to get the opportunity to listen to this brand-new single before the general public do.
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Die! Die! Die! - Gig Review: Die! Die! Die! @ The Captain Cook Tavern, Dunedin - 24/08/2018
26 Aug 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
The first band on for the night was Wet Specimen, starting at 9:45pm. Wet Specimen are a three-piece band born from the remnants of Opposite Sex, featuring Lucy on bass and vocals, Reggie on guitar and Chris Schmelz on drums.
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Julia Deans - Gig Review: Julia Deans @ 50 Gorillas, Dunedin - 23/08/2018
25 Aug 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
The Broken Heartbreakers front woman Rachael Bailey has the half full, yet filling, venue hanging on her every word. Her second song I'm Happy That You're Not Around leaves the listener in no doubt what it is about.
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JCK - Album Review: Input/Output
25 Aug 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Kiwi hip-hop artist JCK has just dropped a mean double album. Input/Output is 19 tracks of varying styles of hip-hop and rap which should be enough to satisfy even the most discerning hip-hop connoisseur.
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Sins of Eve - Demo Review: Sins of Eve
24 Aug 2018 // A review by rupakelly
Sins of Eve's demo showcases, overall, their potential and vision for their music to come. A chunky riff-based Rock group hailing from Christchurch, Sins of Eve combines the very unique and honestly thrilling voice of their vocalist, Joy Bantayan with some thoroughly groovy and catchy riffs effortlessly.
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Gig Review: Queens of the Stone Age @ Spark Arena, Auckland 23/08/2018
24 Aug 2018 // A review by butch181
With little fanfare, Australian blues singer C.W.
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Holly Arrowsmith - Gig Review: Holly Arrowsmith @ Fairfield House, Nelson - 22/08/2018
23 Aug 2018 // A review by jacquiew
A pure voice is hard to find. Such a voice underpinned by a soul that reaches out to mesmerise and enchant an audience is even rarer.
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Bill Direen and The Bilders - LP Review: Cut
23 Aug 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
It’s kind of weird reviewing an album which came out 24 years ago. I remember Volt Studios, the enigmatic Brendan Hoffman, he even mastered a cassette release of mine in 1995… but I digress… one wouldn’t want to blather on about a venue and not the music; that would be amateurish… Dunedin, 1994.
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Gig Review: Katy Perry @ Spark Arena, Auckland - 20/08/2018
21 Aug 2018 // A review by Sass_Metal
This is the story of how a heavy metal journalist ended up surprisingly enjoying themselves at a POP show – the amazing extravaganza that is Katy Perry’s ‘Witness’ tour. I knew that as a pop show it would be an amazing show - that’s an understatement!
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Ghost Who Walks - EP Review: Ghost Who Walks
21 Aug 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
This debut EP from Wellington’s Ghost Who Walks comes hot on the electro-plasmic coat tails of the latest single released, Walking Talking Blues. Vertigo is the opener here and is a blues 'n' funk-tinged blast with more than a hint of soul that will get you dancing.
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Michael Signal - EP Review: Direct Injection
21 Aug 2018 // A review by Carl Hayman
Take the members of Motley Crue, slide an IV Drip into their veins, fill the bag with pure full caffeinated coffee, then let them write an album. That’s probably the best description I can come up with for this EP.
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Aaron Carpenter and The Revelators - EP Review: Roll with the Punches
20 Aug 2018 // A review by Peter-James Dries
The last bastions of real music in a world that celebrates mediocrity are the minnows swimming against the current of the mainstream.   What is the mainstream nowadays?
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Darryl Baser - Gig Review: Darryl Baser @ Moon, Wellington - 18/08/2018
19 Aug 2018 // A review by Tony McDonald
Unfortunately, Moon wasn't rocking this Saturday night in Newtown. The crowds may have been watching the All Blacks in a nearby bar.
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Vallé - Single Review: Love Me
17 Aug 2018 // A review by Andrew Smit
After a short and dreamy musical intro, the rap begins and it’s an assured and clear rap, and Vallé's Love Me sounds sublime. The classic syncopation of rhythm and rhyme is performed with a cool style, but it's also intense and stirring.
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PlasticGroove - Single Review: Me and You
16 Aug 2018 // A review by butch181
Me and You by Wellington's PlasticGroove is a track that you need to be prepared for. Being unprepared will lead to a shock that will have your heart rate elevated for a reasonable length of time to come.
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Corduroy. - Single Review: The Usual
16 Aug 2018 // A review by butch181
Corduroy.'s The Usual starts with such a smooth sound.
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SWIDT - EP Review: The Most Electrifying
15 Aug 2018 // A review by James Castady-Kristament
Onehunga's own SWIDT have released their 6-song EP The Most Electrifying. SWIDT's style is in the same contemporary direction as American Superstars J Cole and Migos, but with SWIDT’s exceptional talent of translating their big personalities, humour, wit and vibe to their records.
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Vince Harder - EP Review: Colours
15 Aug 2018 // A review by butch181
Vince Harder has had a great impact on the entertainment industry in Australia to date, performing on many occasions with Australian Idol Guy Sebastian, coming third in their X-Factor series, and performing in theatre roles, such as Simba in the Lion King live production. His influence has been ever-present in the New Zealand music scene, working as a producer and songwriter, and this latest release, Colours, is one of his own works.
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Eight Eyed Orchid - Single Review: Petrichor
12 Aug 2018 // A review by terry666
Eight Eyed Orchid have released their first single of the forthcoming EP One By One And Two By Two, Petrichor. This is a solid track brimming with explosive energy.
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Gig Review: Celine Dion @ Spark Arena, Auckland - 11/08/2018
12 Aug 2018 // A review by Reef Reid
After a long spell of 22 years, five-time Grammy award winner Celine Dion hit the stage at Auckland's Spark Arena last night in the first of three shows she will perform in Auckland over the coming four days. I headed along to check out the voice behind the name who is regarded by some as "pop music's most influential voice" among female pop stars.
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The Jordan Luck Band - Gig Review: Jordan Luck Band & Ekko Park @ Cosmopolitan Club, Pukekohe - 4/08/2018
11 Aug 2018 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
The last date in The Jordan Luck Band and Ekko Park tour came to a blinding end at Pukekohe’s Cosmopolitan Club. With the average demographic well into the forties and fifties (with a smattering of us in the younger generations) it was a night that rocked, whatever your age was.
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Left Or Right - Gig Review: Left or Right @ Whammy Bar, Auckland - 13/07/2018
10 Aug 2018 // A review by Sass_Metal
After 6 months of traveling Europe and the UK I’ve found it an adjustment coming back to NZ for a number of reasons – one of which being shows not having the first band on till 9pm, when in UK and England 9pm would be the 2nd to last band as most shows finish around 11pm which is AMAZING – especially on a week night, another adjustment is that in New Zealand (well for 4/5 shows I’ve attended, worked or reviewed in the last two weeks) is that there’s hardly anyone at the show for the first band. It’s so hard going first in Auckland, as it’s common to pre-drink and not make it out till 10, but Leighton Fairle did an amazing job.
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Bingo Fighter - Single Review: I’ve Got Zero Attention
10 Aug 2018 // A review by butch181
Bingo Fighter has released I’ve Got Zero Attention as their debut single. Headed by singer/songwriter Hayden Linney, this short track has a rather British Punk Rock sound, like a less abrasive and sarcastic Sex Pistols.
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Blair Jollands - Album Review: 7 Blood
08 Aug 2018 // A review by Kris Raven
I had never heard of Blair Jollands before, and I am always open for artists I have not yet discovered that can blow my mind. When I first heard the first single 7 Blood I was not disappointed.
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Darryl Baser - LP Review: Raw Selfie
08 Aug 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Dunedin based musician Darryl Baser released the Raw Selfie LP back in 2016 on Zelle Records and Powertool Records. ‘Selfie’ relating to the modern obsession with taking photos of yourself and posting to social straight away.
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Bulletbelt - Single Review: Faster Than Death
07 Aug 2018 // A review by butch181
Their first release since their line-up change and the departure of vocalist Jolene Tempest, Faster Than Death, features the recording debut of new singer Scott Spatcher-Harrison and lead guitarist Josh O'Brien. With these changes, comes a slight change in sound, most noticeably in the vocals, switching from the higher range abrasive style that Tempest was known for, to Spatcher-Harrison naturally low, deep, rolling growls.
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Hive Mind - Album Review: Hive Mind
07 Aug 2018 // A review by Carl Hayman
Hive Mind the five-piece rock act based out of Wellington have just dropped their brand new self-titled 12 track album, and it is quite simply superb. I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting when I opened the first track War Story.
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Ghost Who Walks - Single Review: Walking Talking Blues
06 Aug 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
Ghost Who Walks are one of those bands whose mixture of blues, funk and soul could easily fall into the abyss that is mediocrity. Like any band who mix genres, the result can be something that should be tasty but also runs the risk of coming out as bland as the rice crackers I am munching on while writing this.
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Gig Review: World Domination @ The Crown Hotel, Dunedin - 4 August 2018
05 Aug 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
The coastal settlement of Waitati just north of Dunedin has been described as a refuge for creative types for generations, like Brunswick in Melbourne, or how Grey Lynn used to be pre-housing boom, or Wellington’s Aro Valley, except Waitati is rural and more 'down home'. The good folks of Waitati wanted to buy a PA system for people to use out there, to encourage bands with talent, but not resources.
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The Phoenix Foundation - Gig Review: The Phoenix Foundation w/ The NZSO, Auckland Town Hall, Auckland 03/08/2018
04 Aug 2018 // A review by butch181
Wandering into the Auckland Town Hall, there was a definite sense of anticipation in the air. Though the halls weren’t overly crowded with patrons, everybody appeared to be buzzing and chatting away excitedly.
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This Sporting Life - Album Review: Alms For Children
03 Aug 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
With the postal service in steady decline it's always great when a CD arrives unsolicited. Especially when it is a band you've never hear of from 30 years ago, then you put it on and it sounds as fresh as it would have to the people who grew up with it.
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Built - EP Review: Here’s To Sweet Sabotage
03 Aug 2018 // A review by River Tucker
Musician Dean Young has been writing and producing some fantastic music over the last couple of decades. His latest musical work released under the name Built, comes in the form of a stonkingly good 6 track EP entitled Here’s To Sweet Sabotage.
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LatinAotearoa - Album Review: Influecis Et Collabis
01 Aug 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
If there’s one word which sums up LatinAotearoa’s newest offering Influecis Et Collabis, it’s collaboration. Every cut on this incredible full-length album features guest artists, and it’s a who’s who of the New Zealand jazz, blues and other similar genres.
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Jed Parsons - Album Review: Midnight Feast
31 Jul 2018 // A review by butch181
Jed Parsons debut album, Midnight Feast, has a subdued beginning, with some simple guitar and vocals for Real World. Some minimal acoustic effects that give the effect of playing in a large hall.
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Oyawa - EP Review: The Mary Anning EP
31 Jul 2018 // A review by DemonsDigest
Oyawa is a three-piece indie/alternative band hailing from Auckland, although the members come from all over, and is made up of the collective efforts of Brett Garrity, Miles Gillett and Nikki Ngatai.  Formed in late 2011, this isn’t the first time I’ve heard of Oyawa and after listening to this EP I’ll be keeping an eye out for their upcoming shows - I suggest you do the same.
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Depths - Gig Review: Depths @ Ding Dong Lounge, Auckland 28/07/2018
30 Jul 2018 // A review by rupakelly
It's been awhile since I found myself at a metal gig, long gone are the days of black clad, sweaty moshing where everything ended in the word ‘core’, deathcore, hardcore, grindcore. Funnelling into the small room that formed Ding Dong Lounge's upstairs gig room, smelling the sweat of closely pressed flannel donner bodies revelling in the burning of energy and joy at the expression of art categorised as metal brought back fond memories of 16-year-old me, Saturday nights spent at my local venue with close friends.
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JCK - Single/Video Review: Super Heavy Rap Shit Feat. Pakkz Tha General & Alpha
28 Jul 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
This is the continuation of a journey for me, delving into the world of Rap. And because I never do anything by half, I have jumped in boots and all.
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Albi & The Wolves - Gig Review: The Great New Zealand Folk Revival @ The Tuning Fork, Auckland 26/07/2018
27 Jul 2018 // A review by butch181
With local parking shut down due to the overwhelming number of people attending the Dynamo show at Spark Arena, one would expect a light turnout next door at the Tuning Fork. As the show began, with a short unscripted foreword from Chris Dent of Albi and The Wolves, the audience was looking sparse, but this did not dissuade the opening act Ben Dixon.
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Mecuzine - Album Review: Cutting Strings
27 Jul 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Mecuzine is a five-piece Indie rock band from Auckland, and they're making a name for themselves in the music world for their dynamic and exciting mix of music genres “Mecuzine doesn’t follow fashion or trends – they write and play by their own rules”. The band has just released their debut album Cutting Strings which was recorded at Silverpoint Studios, Auckland and mastered in Nashville, engineered by Kane Bennett.
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Huia - EP Review: Aio
27 Jul 2018 // A review by Shade
Aio - to be at Peace. Aio is what we strive for in our own minds, Aio is what nature is calling for and Aio is what the world needs Alright first, I'll admit my Te Reo is pretty rough for someone who calls themselves a born and bred Kiwi.
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Outland Sessions - EP Review: Darkness
26 Jul 2018 // A 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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Michael Morris - Album Review: Slow Loris
26 Jul 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
Former Dunedin musician Michael Morris has recently moved to Paris, France. He’s always had a talent for the theatrical and flamboyant.
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Outland Sessions - EP Review: Duskfall
24 Jul 2018 // A 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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Icepro - Single Review: Last Breath
24 Jul 2018 // A review by James Castady-Kristament
Icepro’s new single Last Breath, featuring Piri Mac, is a tribute to West Coast 90’s Gangster rap with a nod to the hook from the 1997 hit Going Back To Cali by Notorious B.I.
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LA Thompson - Single Review: Reach Out
24 Jul 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
LA Thompson (Shirley Howe), the founder of Local Musicians Music (LMM), has released another beautiful single titled Reach Out, from her album New Sun Rising. This is a song about love and light and it was written for the people she loves.
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Laconic Zephyr - Single Review: Cools You Down
24 Jul 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Laconic Zephyr have certainly made themselves heard with their release Cools You Down. This five-piece band from New Plymouth have rocketed to a number one spot on the New Zealand iTunes Rock Chart, with a song which only took 20 minutes to write by the bands lead vocalist and bass guitarist Joss Bines.
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Decades - Gig Review: Decades @ Whammy Bar, Auckland - 20/07/18
23 Jul 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
I love Auckland and I love Whammy Bar. A dive bar by definition, this underground venue has been the staple of underground bands for years and long may it continue.
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Jed Parsons - Gig Review: Jed Parsons w/October @ Neck of the Woods, Auckland - 20/07/2018
22 Jul 2018 // A review by butch181
An early night at Neck of the Woods, with doors open well before 7pm and the night set to end by 10pm. A nice early evening that still leaves the night open for those that like their late nights in town.
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Hybrid Rose - Album Review: Warhol
22 Jul 2018 // A review by butch181
Rose Valentina Muollo-Gray AKA Hybrid Rose has put together a full album release, just over a year after the release of her cosmic album, COSMIC. The self-produced electronic artist falls mostly into the vaporwave genre, adopting influences from smooth jazz and lounge music, and the retro arcade style of chiptune.
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Nadia Reid - Gig Review: Nadia Reid @ 50 Gorillas, Dunedin - 20/07/2018
21 Jul 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
The last show of the High and Lonely tour by Nadia Reid and band took place at 50 Gorillas in Dunedin, with newish Dunedin band Die Musikband opening up the evening. Die Musikband are a four-piece of experienced musicians playing a version of what's generally known as Krautrock.
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Decades - Gig Review: Decades @ Empire Bar, Christchurch - 13/07/2018
18 Jul 2018 // A review by ivyxenaxxe
Decades kicked off their The Truth Hurts Tour in Christchurch on Friday the 13th of July at Empire Bar. The venue is fairly new, and they have invested in their stage set up and sound system quite heavily.
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Bartells - Single Review: Our Love May Go Away
18 Jul 2018 // A review by butch181
Our Love May Go Away has that straightforward, uncomplicated appeal of a John Mayer or James Blunt track, with that vocal twang of a country folk song. A simple track, with the verse and chorus composed of four repeated chords, and a short clean guitar riff layered over the top.
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Boycrush - Gig Review: Boycrush @ Whammy Bar Backroom, Auckland 07/07/2018
18 Jul 2018 // A review by butch181
Every time I go to the Backroom at St Kevin's Arcade I feel like I’m wandering around the stairs of Hogwarts; the layout seems to change each time, or a different entrance is used, sometimes there is a bar, sometimes there isn’t. In this case, the entire stage area had been transformed into something I’ve never seen from the Backroom of Whammy before.
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Geoff Horne - Album Review: Love Only You
17 Jul 2018 // A review by Tori Reed
Geoff Horne's album, Love Only You starts solidly. It takes you back to a time (if you're old enough, which I, unfortunately, am) of heavy guitar riffs, simple 4/4 beats and obvious transitions.
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These Four Walls - Single Review: Over and Over
17 Jul 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
These Four Walls have been around a long time. It's because they have a strong foundation built on late 90's, early 2000's rock.
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NRG Rising - Album Review: Say Yes To Life
14 Jul 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
Say Yes To Life has been described as a highly anticipated new album from whanau band NRG Rising. This group is a mother and two daughters, and right from the outset the whanau bond is obvious as the three women harmonise very well, with the sort of effortless styles which only comes from a very close family unit.
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Outland Sessions - EP Review: Daylight
13 Jul 2018 // A 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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LA Thompson - Single Review: Lovelight
12 Jul 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Prolific supporter and promoter of NZ indie artists and talented song writer / musician LA Thompson has just released a song by Brett Howes. This is collaboration with Brett who is also a member of the LMM Network which LA Thompson (Shirley Howe) founded.
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ABRZY - EP Review: Night Fall
11 Jul 2018 // A 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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Callum Gentleman - Single/Video Review: Cigarettes
10 Jul 2018 // A review by butch181
Uncomplicated, Cigarettes is the first release from Callum Gentleman since his move to the US. Having stripped the instrumental side down to the bare rudimentary elements.
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Pacific Heights - Single Review: The Greystone
10 Jul 2018 // A review by butch181
Starting with a piano riff that repeats for the first 30 seconds of the song, it has a high note that acts as the metronome and keeps the rhythm flowing until the shift. That high note is a sign of quality in its sound; the way in which it recedes and but still builds as the note is continually struck, gives The Greystone authenticity.
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Fanfickk - Single Review: Cotton Candy
10 Jul 2018 // A review by butch181
What would one expect from a song called Cotton Candy? Cotton candy brings that hit of nostalgia and pleasant memories of theme parks, carnivals, and other exciting activities.
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Undercut - Single Review: Blue Nurse
10 Jul 2018 // A review by butch181
Undercut’s latest release Blue Nurse is a grungy little number, that has an early 2000’s vibe; encapsulating the energy of albums of the era, such as Hoobastank’s 2004 The Reason, Taking Back Sunday’s 2006 Louder Now, while maintaining that kiwi sound (that track brings back fond memories of when Goodshirt’s Green was released). A simple track, that maintains a good pace during the verses and is reminiscent of Sommerset’s Streets Don’t Close, with hints of the punchy power chords of Villainy’s Ammunition throughout the outro.
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Holly Arrowsmith - Album Review: A Dawn I Remember
10 Jul 2018 // A review by Trevor Faville
Sometimes it’s good to approach writing a review for a new collection of music by listening to the music first, before reading any of the attendant press, and reviewer info. That way you listen to what you are hearing as opposed to what you are expecting.
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Deathnir - Album Review: Second Sin
09 Jul 2018 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Deathnir (pronounced Death Near) are a four-piece thrash outfit from Hamilton and have recently released their long awaited second release, Second Sin. For anyone familiar with Deathnir's sound, you’d know that their musical influences are everything that is good in the world of metal; Megadeth, Metallica, Judas Priest etc, and while you might be thinking that anyone who tries their hand at thrash metal might just be ripping off said artists, a carbon copy of noise, well your kind of wrong.
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Geoff Ong - Single/Video Review: Fingerprints
09 Jul 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Auckland-based pop-soul musician Geoff Ong has just released his brand-new track Fingerprints and self-shot video which accompanies it. The video is obviously filmed with a hand-held camera but manages to capture the vibrancy of Tokyo.
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Esoligh - Album Review: Brightness Sparks
08 Jul 2018 // A review by James Castady-Kristament
Brightness Sparks by Esoligh is a 14-track album of conscious boom bap. The album runs for 54 minutes.
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Brendan Pyper - Single Review: No Strings Attached
07 Jul 2018 // A review by Peter-James Dries
I think we have this decade’s Daniel Bedingfield on our hands. Diversifying his portfolio, The Latest Fallout’s Brendan Pyper has just released his debut single, in the process seemingly leaving his Pop Rock ways behind.
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Tess Goodwin - Single Review: Grace
07 Jul 2018 // A review by Peter-James Dries
In this world of instant gratification, something can be said about a song that can make you feel, even if that feeling is longing. Longing, usually a feeling with negative connotations, is something you miss out on when you can binge watch an entire show or listen to a musician’s whole discography.
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Like A Storm - Album Review: Catacombs
05 Jul 2018 // A review by butch181
Catacombs is an album that has been a long time in the making. Delayed by extra tours and re-recording, Like A Storm fans have been waiting in anticipation since the 2015 release, Awaken The Fire.
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Gig Review: The Winter Party 2018 @ Embankment Tavern, Christchurch - 23/06/2018
05 Jul 2018 // A review by ivyxenaxxe
The Winter Party was an astounding Rock gig held at The Embankment Christchurch 23 June 2018 and it was organised by the band Streakers. The line-up was: Sex Beard, A Doubtful Sound, Streakers, Pieces of Molly, Skinny Hobos, No Broadcast and Enfire.
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Pale Lady - EP Review: Told To Fold
04 Jul 2018 // A review by voodoobloo
I’ve been a big fan of Pale Lady right from the first moment I saw them perform live back in 2017. Their solid alt-rock sound infused with so many other flavours makes them a very refreshing yet familiar sounding act.
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ASHY - Single Review: Jersey
01 Jul 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
Ashy (Aswini Batchelor) is an exceptional song writer who is currently recording new material in Auckland. Her single Jersey was released at the start of June, and immediately gained traction on mainstream radio.
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Lexxa - Single Review: I Got Better Friends Now
01 Jul 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
Lexxa is Maude and Julia Morris, twin sisters - maybe identical, maybe not. Their press says they make "dreamy pop bangers that tear shreds from your heart but still make you smile".
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Lola Sola - Single Review: You Got Me Good
01 Jul 2018 // A review by Tori Reed
Lola Sola has been a busy girl. Consistently releasing an album or EP every two years, a feat that is much harder than it may sound, she does not disappoint with her new track You Got Me Good.
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Milly Tabak & The Miltones - Gig Review: The Miltones w/ Reb Fountain @ Pt Chevalier Memorial RSA, Auckland 22/06/2018
28 Jun 2018 // A review by butch181
The Pt Chevalier Memorial RSA isn’t a venue that I have been in before, and after entering the venue, the merch stand had me convinced I was at the right place, but the lack of a stage or any instruments had me reasonably confused. Luckily, noticing some music playing behind a large curtain I discovered the larger half of the venue.
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Scott MCB - Single/Video Review: In Your Mind
26 Jun 2018 // A review by Andrew Smit
A tenderly plucked guitar leads to some nice rhythmic strums, which is then united with a suitably soothing vocal, it’s a nice start that presents well the songs musical quality. In your Mind is a beautiful sounding song that also delivers a clear message, a message that many will find heartening to see presented as it is in the music video.
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Times x Two - EP Review: Late Night Legacy
26 Jun 2018 // A 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 // A 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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Racing - Single Review: Devil's Work
25 Jun 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
My heart is racing. Not sure if that’s a good sign?
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Phat Krunk - EP Review: Whatever You Say
25 Jun 2018 // A review by butch181
Phat Krunk sounds like the name of an artist that you would expect something more in line with the electronic genres. Instead, Phat Krunk are an alt-rock four-piece hailing from Wellington.
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Mudbelly - Single/Video Review: Bullet
25 Jun 2018 // A review by butch181
Christchurch alt-rock four-piece Hypnumb come out with their debut single, Bullet, and an accompanying video. Straight off the bat, the opening notes of distorted guitar with reverb and delay effects, announce that we have a blues-infused track on our hands.
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Metaract - Video/Single Review: Never Forget
23 Jun 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
I was looking forward to hearing this new single from Auckland’s Meteract, after all, the pairing of a band comprising members of Tadpole and Just One Fix with the production skills of Dave Rhodes was never going to result in a sub-par release.I did have some concerns though, Chris was in one of my favourite bands from the early 2000’s, Redline, and Dave has worked with many acts with one most notable being Blindspott.
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Alizarin Lizard - Single Review: No One Could Tell
22 Jun 2018 // A review by butch181
Dunedin-transient pop influenced, neo-psychedelic rock slackers Alizarin Lizard have released their second single in a month after about nearly five years of silence when they released their last album Do You Just Want Me To Watch You? This latest single, No One Could Tell, was mostly recorded in bassist Chris ‘Bugs’ Miller’s lounge, and as a result, the track has a level of fuzz and reverb to it that adds warmth and comfort.
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Gig Review: Small Stage, Big Sound @ Ellen Melville Centre, Auckland 15/06/2018
22 Jun 2018 // A review by butch181
I’ve not been in the Ellen Melville Centre before, but it is a really good small-medium sized venue (even if it is a little awkward to find the entrance to). With 10 minutes before the show was set to start there was a feeling of trepidation as I looked around and counted only 20 people are here all lined up against the wall like a high school dance.
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Metaract - Gig Review: Metaract with Remote and Descendants of Dinosaurs @ Ding Dong Lounge, Auckland 15/06/2018
19 Jun 2018 // A review by butch181
The night began without any introduction. Jumping straight into a funky number, the four-piece that is Descendants of Dinosaurs put together some interesting sounds for their debut show at the Ding Dong Lounge.
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Apollo SteamTrain - Single Review: Superstition (Looking In The Mirror)
19 Jun 2018 // A review by River Tucker
Apollo SteamTrain have been hard at work producing solid songs and developing a loyal fan base through gigging and regular recording over the last couple of years, but their latest single Superstition (Looking In The Mirror) is a marked change in musical direction for the Tauranga based rock band.Starting out with a crisp drumbeat on nicely tuned toms, Les Robinson is soon joined by singer songwriter Brendan McCarthy’s crunchy guitar.
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Gig Review: Brian Jonestown Massacre @ Powerstation, Auckland - 16/06/2018
18 Jun 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
It's a wet and windy night. The All Blacks playing means the bars surrounding Auckland's Powerstation are packed with rugby fans and finding a carpark is murder.
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The Jordan Luck Band - Gig Review: The Jordan Luck Band @ The Cook, Dunedin - 16/06/2018
17 Jun 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
They weren’t listed, but as potentially career making support slots go, Dunedin school band Bark like a Dog scored well getting to open the night for The Jordan Luck Band. 9pm and The Cook is at capacity, the PA sound is lifted, along with the tempo of the pre-show music.
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Running Stitch - EP Review: Brightside
15 Jun 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
Auckland three-piece Running Stitch are a high-volume group of experienced musicians.The Brightside EP is a four-song offering which has been independently produced and released.
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Captain Festus McBoyle's Travellin' Variety Show - Captain Festus McBoyle and his Motley Crew - Single/Video Review: Moolah
15 Jun 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
I should have known better then to take on a review which falls under the category of family music genre. Music aimed at kids.
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Coridian - Gig Review: Coridian @ San Fran, Wellington - 9/06/2018
14 Jun 2018 // A review by Shade
I have a bucket list of must-see bands, and right at the top of that list are Auckland Rockers Coridian. I'd heard so many good things about their live performances including; "Dity jumps around the stage with such energy and enthusiasm that it seems to be infectious" (here) and "Mike Raven was fizzing with energy as he carved through his set"(here), and, given what I do here at muzic.
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Knights of the Dub Table - Single Review: The Journey
14 Jun 2018 // A review by Tori Reed
I would like to begin with; I have seen Knights of the Dub Table live on numerous occasions, and thoroughly enjoyed their show, sound and set up. Plus, it must be said that this is not typically my 'type' of music.
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Julian Temple Band - Album Review: Antarctica
12 Jun 2018 // A review by butch181
Frequently described as an alternative rock group, hailing from Dunedin, the Julian Temple Band like to blur the lines between genres; incorporating blues, jazz, surf rock, as well as indie pop into their music. The group have evolved over the years, over five studio albums since their formation in 2004, with Antarctica making it six studio albums.
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Skinny Hobos - Gig Review: Skinny Hobos @ Galatos, Auckland - 25/05/2018
12 Jun 2018 // A review by Andrew Smit
On a cool and wet Auckland night, many faithful rock devotees arrived to experience and enjoy a night of mostly Auckland-made Rock at the inner-city hall that is Galatos. Bam!
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Gig Review: Ska Save The Queen @ The Thirsty Dog, Auckland - 03/06/2018
12 Jun 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
I grew up in Coventry in the UK. As a kid my first introduction to music was Two Tone the local record label that had Ska bands like The Specials, Selector, The Beat etc.
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Mecuzine - Single Review: Don’t Fire That Gun
12 Jun 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Mecuzine are a five-piece rock band from Auckland with a wealth of experience between them. Decades of performing have seen them become accomplished musicians.
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Janine - Album Review: 99
12 Jun 2018 // A 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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The Bats - Gig Review: The Bats @ The Cook, Dunedin - 09/06/2018
11 Jun 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
Jay Clarkson opened her supporting performance to The Bats with Farewell to the Highlands, her contribution to the second Zelle Records compilation of mostly southern NZ musicians’ interpreting Robbie Burns poetry. It was just her and Alan Haig for this gentle beginning to what would become a rollicking night.
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Written by Wolves - Gig Review: Written By Wolves @ Neck of the Woods, Auckland 08/06/2018
09 Jun 2018 // A review by butch181
One of the big questions in the music scene in the last few months has been, who will pick up the slack now that the Kings Arms Tavern has shut down. Galatos, Ding Dong Lounge, Tuning Fork, and Whammy have been doing their bit, but when it comes to rock gigs, one of the venues that have been overlooked in the past is Neck of the Woods.
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Valkyrie - Single/Video Review: Runaway Child
09 Jun 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
South Auckland three-piece Vallkyrie are pure class. Their tendency to switch genres and the mixture of influences they embody has taken them another step forward with this their latest single release Runaway Child.
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Alien Weaponry - Album Review: Tū
08 Jun 2018 // A review by River Tucker
Released on Napalm Records and named in veneration of Tūmatauenga, the Māori god of war, Alien Weaponry’s debut album Tū is a testament to what can be achieved through excellent promotional material and a lot of dedication to their musical craft.Opening track Whaikōrero starts things off with a spoken welcome and warning accompanied by a Kōauau (flute instrument) and a Pūrerehua (wind instrument) guaranteed to send shivers down your spine.
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Kendall Elise - Gig Review: This Way North @ The Wine Cellar, Auckland 07/06/2018
08 Jun 2018 // A review by butch181
Due to a reviewer unfortunately having to pull out of attending this show, I was asked to attend Some Feminist Club Nights #6. As opposed to the original reviewer that was lined up for the show, I have mixed heritage, but am still what would largely be referred to as a white cis male.
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Bernie Griffen and The Thin Men - Gig Review: Bernie Griffen and The Thin Men @ The Incubator, Tauranga - 26/05/2018
07 Jun 2018 // A review by JohnnyBSquid
Patrons are huddled together, braving the weather in a cold red shed, in the heart of Tauranga’s Historic Village. Winter hits hard, but as so many artists overlook the city of Tauranga when they book shows on their tours, the people are happy to turn up and support them.
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This Flight Tonight - Single Review: Nothing To Declare
06 Jun 2018 // A review by Tori Reed
Reminiscent of a very cool bar, opened last week by a very cool couple. The type of place you feel mildly uncomfortable walking into, because you're not in that league.
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Alien Weaponry - Gig Review: Alien Weaponry @ Galatos, Auckland - 02/06/2018
05 Jun 2018 // A 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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Ivy Red - Single Review: Absent
05 Jun 2018 // A review by floorcat
Absent opens the darkest parts of IVY RED's mind, and definitely meets the intent of what he is attempting to portray with his music - emotional, deep and raw. There is no sugar coating in his music or the lyrics, making this a poignant track, which is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
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Shady Brain Farm - Album Review: 19 Years In The Same House
05 Jun 2018 // A review by Andrew Smit
A most wonderful album full of songs laden with a unique and funky mix of rock and blues. Opening with a most funky bass line, Get Up Get Down pumps up the vibe and demands that you do indeed get up and get down, such is the energy and feeling it generates.
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Soda Boyz - EP Review: By Soda Boyz
05 Jun 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
So, a young band from Palmy do the norm and go through the "Rockquest" motions. Just another bunch of wannabe talented, wannabe kind of good at what we do but fuck being famous we would rather be cool wannabes, or so I thought until I hit play and turned this music up loud.
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Dead Kid Harvester - Album Review: The First Sign Of Madness
04 Jun 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
I knew this wasn't going to be an easy listen. With a moniker like Dead Kid Harvester and song titles like Scab Made Out Of Faeces, Paul Harvey isn't aiming for middle of the road chart-bothering, but I love music of all extremes and we all need to be challenged.
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Soda Boyz - Single Review: Home Again
04 Jun 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
This new single from Soda Boyz simmers and shimmers. Totally instrumental, it's a great example of how music doesn't always need words to get the message across.
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Seth Haapu - Single Review: New Wave
03 Jun 2018 // A 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 // A 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 // A 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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Tami Neilson - Album review: Sassafrass!
01 Jun 2018 // A review by jacquiew
Tami Neilson's latest outing Sassafrass! is the album you didn't realise you desperately needed until you heard it.
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Curlys Jewels - Single Review: Sneaky
01 Jun 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
When asked to describe the music of Curlys Jewels, there are many words out there on the interweb like “hard hitting” and “high energy” but the description I love the most was as follows… “We bring a tight aural mash of lady-lung grungy banshee-esque melodically thumpy hard rock to our beautifully diverse audiences’ earholes”. I can actually hear that coming out of Janelle’s mouth.
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Holloway Holiday - EP Review: Psycho-Sensitive
01 Jun 2018 // A review by butch181
As is categorical of a punk album, the Psycho-Sensitive EP by Holloway Holiday is made up of shorter tracks, with 6 songs racking up less than 20 minutes total runtime. Being more of a pop-punk hybrid, the tracks certainly aren't as short as many 40 second punk songs that I have heard, but definitely shorter than the average 4-5-minute rock track.
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Model Train Wreck - EP Review: I Want That Back
01 Jun 2018 // A review by butch181
A long time in the pipe works is Model Train Wreck's new EP I Want That Back. Starting with an odd chord progression and the discord provides an uplifting vibe while still causing a chill to run down the spine.
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Skinny Hobos - Gig Review: Seether w/ Skinny Hobos @ Great Hall, Auckland 31/05/2018
01 Jun 2018 // A review by butch181
Auckland Town Hall had a jovial atmosphere, with a quick and easy process to get into the venue, short lines to the bar, and no lines to the toilet. A well set up venue, but the main reason that everything worked so well was obvious when you enter the Great Hall.
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Skinny Hobos - Album Review: Skinny Hobos
30 May 2018 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
After what seems like a decade of waiting in anticipation for the debut album from New Zealand’s favourite Rock duo, the wait is no more! Skinny Hobos have been a common house hold name in the world of Rock in the last few years, and unless you live under a rock, they have quite a solid reputation for working themselves ragged gigging around our fine shores to quench the thirst of bogans, rockers, metal heads, and well, pretty much everyone and everything in between, because if you haven’t yet heard the news, Skinny Hobos really are that good.
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Ripple Effect - Single Reviews: Serene Sensation & Peace, Love and Harmony
30 May 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
Ripple Effect hail from the North Island of New Zealand, Palmerston North to be exact, and are best described as an uplifting 8-piece reggae band. This fresh band has just released a couple of incredible singles on Spotify.
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Erik Graham - Single Review: I Don’t Know
30 May 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Erik Graham is a songwriter, musician and record producer. He owns and operates a record label called Headcage out of the heart of West Auckland where he composed, performed, programmed, mixed and mastered his entire upcoming debut album.
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Hault - Single Review: Into The Light
30 May 2018 // A review by River Tucker
Wellington band Hault is getting ever closer to the quintessential Dunedin sound with their latest single release, Into the Light. There’s a bit less grunge inspired psychedelic influence going on, but essentially this three-piece has retained their core sound first captured on a debut self-titled EP released last year to favourable reviews.
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Vince Harder - Single Review: Sugar Coated
28 May 2018 // A review by floorcat
Vince Harder's new single Sugar Coated is a catchy and relaxing tune throughout. The lyrics indirectly pointing towards the social media which creates fake images and sugar coats what's underneath the surface.
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Thomas Oliver - Gig Review: Thomas Oliver @ The Powerstation, Auckland - 25/05/2018
28 May 2018 // A review by butch181
Last seeing Thomas Oliver at the Tuning Fork, the Powerstation seemed like such a drastic upgrade in venue, when you consider that it has triple the capacity. Yet when I arrived just before the doors opened, less than 20 people were lined up waiting.
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Boycrush - Album Review: Desperate Late Night Energy
28 May 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Creatively assembling dance-oriented pop music is Alistair Deverick from West Auckland, otherwise known as Boycrush. Producer, drummer and songwriter, Alistair is a multi-talented musician and imaginative visionary, incorporating choreographed dance visuals with electronica.
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Carb On Carb - Gig Review: Carb On Carb @ Portland Public House, Auckland - 18/05/2018
28 May 2018 // A review by butch181
The Portland Public House is an interesting choice in venue for me. This is one of the latest start times for a show I’ve reviewed (with the first of the opening acts not starting until 10pm) and yet this is still the earliest I've ever been in the Portland Public House.
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The Adults - Single/Video Review: Bloodlines (feat Estère & JessB)
28 May 2018 // A review by butch181
I remember when The Adults were first announced as the new project for Shihad’s Jon Toogood. The first single released gave the impression that the project would be similar in style to the comparative musical jump that Corey Taylor has between Slipknot and Stone Sour; opting for a change towards the lighter mainstream formula.
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Sons Of Zion - Album Review: Vantage Point
28 May 2018 // A 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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River - Album Review: Silence Of The Tomb
27 May 2018 // A review by butch181
Comprised of only five tracks, and a run-time of just shy of 20 minutes, I would be more inclined to categorise Silence Of The Tomb as an EP rather than a fully-fledged album (generally an album should have 10+ tracks and/or have a run-time of over 40 minutes). This classification is, however, a trivial matter that has no bearing on the content of the album beyond the approximation of length.
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Jamie McDell - Album Review: Extraordinary Girl
27 May 2018 // A review by jacquiew
Extraordinary Girl by Jamie McDell is a commercial, catchy, and high-quality contemporary country offering. McDell has an appealing voice and the subject matter of the album traverses love and loss using some familiar country music tropes and images - trailers, cars, fishing, tattoos etc...
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PT - Album Review: Goliath
27 May 2018 // A 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 // A 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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Darren Watson - Gig Review: Darren Watson @ The Playhouse, Nelson - 24/05/2018
25 May 2018 // A review by jacquiew
I last saw Darren Watson play in early January at The Playhouse near Nelson. He was nervously excited about the upcoming release of his new album and playing at the gig in a support role for Paul Ubana Jones.
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Kody Nielson - Album Review: Birthday Suite
24 May 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
Well, it’s certainly a suite based on a singular motif. One could all too easily say the words ‘concept album’.
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Raw Collective - Album Review: For The Ancients
23 May 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Raw Collective, a twelve-piece Hip-Hop, multi-instrumental extravaganza from Wellington have teamed up with Flight Music Records and released their debut album For the Ancients. Spearheaded by Raw Deezy, Raw Collective is a band of epic proportions which have been attracting people’s attention at gigs and festivals around the country since 2014.
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Seven Zen - EP Review: Dark As Life
23 May 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Seven Zen (AKA Riley Popham), is a 14-year-old college student at Mahurangi College in Warkworth. Barely in his teens, he already has a couple of years under his belt as a talented multi-instrumentalist and has been performing covers to impressed audience both live and on YouTube (he can play more than 200 to be exact).
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Lucifer Gunne - Single Review: HRM
22 May 2018 // A review by Andrew Smit
Wellington based 4-piece rock act Lucifer Gunne, fronted by singer/guitarist/songwriter Rory McDonald, have produced a cool track that stands out as something different that's engaging and passionate. This new single HRM is a wonderful mix of bubbly funk rock that is striking and compelling.
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The Recently Deceived - Single Reviews: Misty and Halo
22 May 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
It's great to see The Recently Deceived are back with a new double single release following on from their excellent Use Your Head EP. They are simply one of the best "punk" bands you will see or hear and this single steps up the attitude on opener Misty.
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Louis Baker - Single Review: Black Crow
18 May 2018 // A 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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Stray Theories - Album Review: All That Was Lost
18 May 2018 // A review by butch181
This album opens with How Long, and almost displays itself like a tease. A slow burning track that lifts in volume ever so tenderly that you have to fight the urge to increase the volume yourself.
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David Edwards - Album Review: Dave Black/Fiffdimension - Fame & Oblivion: 2005-2012
18 May 2018 // A review by butch181
Dave and his collaborators create a number of different outfits, depending on the members involved; Fiffdimension, Dave Black and Nat da Hatt, The Winter, Ascension Band, and dAdApApA have approximately 18 combined releases on their Bandcamp page, with content ranging from 1997 to the present day. Fame & Oblivion: 2005-2012 is the middle release of a trilogy of compilations, encapsulating their work throughout the aforementioned lifespan of the collaborations.
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Solomon Crook - EP Review: Abandon Adolescence
16 May 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Solomon Crook a young singer-songwriter from the Coromandel (now based in Wellington) has just released a six track EP called Abandon Adolescence. Preceding this by a few weeks was the first single off the EP titled Love Juice a lively and catchy song about love without a heart...
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Drax Project - Gig Review: Drax Project @ The Powerstation, Auckland - 12/05/18
16 May 2018 // A 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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Sola Rosa - EP Review: In Spaces
15 May 2018 // A review by Miss_Jukebox
The highly-acclaimed, genre-fusing artist Sola Rosa is back with a new EP In Spaces - a stellar addition in the artist’s almost two-decade career. In Spaces explores the soundscapes of funk, soul and RnB, pillared by sturdy grooves and commanding vocal performances from a selection of outstanding feature artists.
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Bloodshot - Album Review: Pull The Plug
15 May 2018 // A review by River Tucker
What is it about Wellington that produces such great metal bands? Bloodshot is no exception to the rule and seems ready and rearing to go.
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Sal Valentine and the Babyshakes - Single/Video Review: Cherry Blossom
15 May 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
This is the first time I have heard of charismatic Auckland based musical artist Sal Valentine (Ivan Luketina Jonstone). I think I have fallen just a bit in love with his mix of funk and soul; it is super funky pop music that just makes you smile.
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Dilz - Album Review: Metamorphosis
13 May 2018 // A review by Kerry Kingi
Dilz has been busy at it again, and this time he has delivered a 16-track album called Metamorphosis which mainly features the styles of Hip-Hop, RnB and Rap but also with hints of Soul, Trap and EDM. The first track Caterpillar starts off with a nice synth and warm tones.
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Julia Deans - Album Review: We Light Fire
11 May 2018 // A review by jacquiew
The acclaimed Modern Fables was always going to be a tough act to follow and Julia Deans has taken her time to follow it – with a full seven-year gap between album releases. She hasn’t been resting on her laurels in between times, however, with a number of noteworthy ventures filling the space.
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Hybrid Rose - Single Review: Just Press Play
11 May 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
Hybrid Rose (Rose Muollo-Gray) has done it again. Though this time, she has managed to up the game to another level.
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Empire To Ashes - Album Review: Deconstructed (Between The Pieces)
09 May 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Jamie Denton, based in Auckland, is the man behind Empire To Ashes, producing mind-bending music which is described as alternative electronica. His latest offering is titled Deconstructed [Between The Pieces], which very cleverly follows on from [In Pieces] which was released in January 2018.
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Heavy Blarney - Album Review - Bog to Swamp
08 May 2018 // A review by Matt Mutinous
Released - 18th May 2018 When I first saw the title Bog to Swamp my imagination could only assume what kind of music was to follow. The second album from Palmerston North Celtic rockers, Heavy Blarney had grabbed my attention from the get-go and I was keen to find out just how this band sounded with such a unique blend of music styles, rarely attempted these days.
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Estère - Album review: My Design, On Other's Lives
07 May 2018 // A review by jacquiew
It’s no surprise that Estère recently opened for Grace Jones. In some ways Estère is a sonic acolyte of the magnificent Jones, particularly in the sense that she is endlessly fascinating and mesmerising.
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Dick Tracy - Album Review: Dick Tracy
07 May 2018 // A review by butch181
Dick Tracy have an exciting style of music, combining heavy rock with blues. The style could be compared to Beastwar’s Matt Hyde or King Cannons' Luke Yeoward singing for Skinny Hobos.
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Biobird - EP Review: Balance
07 May 2018 // A review by butch181
Hailing from Hamilton is Caleb Bird a.k.
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Unknown - Single Review: Know It Well
07 May 2018 // A review by butch181
Indie duo Three Feathers have a soothing gentleness and retro vibe that would generally get their style labelled as “stoner rock”. While there are definitely similarities to the genre, many do look down upon the “stoner” moniker, so instead let’s describe it differently.
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Bernie Griffen and The Thin Men - Album Review: Doors Wide Open
06 May 2018 // A review by jacquiew
Doors Wide Open is an album of “sweet sorrow” from Bernie Griffen and the Thin Men.  Griffen is a musician who has paid his dues and travelled the miles.
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Jamie McDell - Gig Review: Jamie McDell @ The Tuning Fork, Auckland - 4/5/2018
06 May 2018 // A 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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Farandicus - Single Reviews: Blue Funk and What to Give
04 May 2018 // A review by Sass_Metal
Farandicus are a 7-piece soul funk band from Whangarei combing their different backgrounds to create a unique sound that will get your soul singing and feet tapping. They have recently released two new singles Blue Funk and What to Give, and I think are both songs everyone can relate to – especially their lyrical content.
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Nicole Andrews - Album Review: A Stranger
04 May 2018 // A review by Ria Loveder
In 2015 I reviewed Nicole Andrews’ album In The Shallows and raved about her rawness and connection with her music. Needless to say, her second album A Stranger has done it again.
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Gig Review: Royal Blood @ Logan Campbell Centre - 01/05/2018
03 May 2018 // A review by Andrew Smit
The Logan Campbell Centre has seen many years of great rock acts like Nirvana and Metallica and tonight the well-worn 70's decor was rocked by Royal Blood's first headline shows in New Zealand. Dead Favours were up first to warm the crowd, which was pretty much at capacity, this four-piece Auckland band have impressed and progressed steadily over the last two years since I saw them at their debut gig back in May 2016.
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Openside - Single Review: No Going Back
03 May 2018 // A 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 // A 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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Emily Fairlight - Album Review: Mother of Gloom
03 May 2018 // A review by Peter-James Dries
Autumn at dusk. Sitting in a bay window, knees to chin, wrapped in sweatered arms.
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Sola Rosa - Single review: Leave a Light On
03 May 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
The man behind Sola Rosa, Auckland's Andrew Spraggon, has returned with a tune as strong as anything he's released previously. A steady bass groove wends its way around a thumping kick drum which is off-set by an excellently syncopated high hat, perfectly timed between kick and snare, to be on the 'and' of the phrase.
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ABRZY - ABRZY - Single Review: Top Down
01 May 2018 // A review by James Castady-Kristament
ABRZY is a Wellington based Hip-Hop artist. His style is contemporary Hip Hop/Trap and his new single Top Down is not too dissimilar to Drake.
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Mild Orange - Album Review: Foreplay
01 May 2018 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
If there was one sentence that summed up Mild Orange’s sound and choice of name, it would be this, in their own words: ‘The colour orange can cause one to experience a heightened sense of optimism, a boost in aspiration, and a stimulation of warmth and happiness’  Mild Orange are a self-confessed melting pot of eclectic melodies, energy and vibrancy with smooth sounds. Hailing from Dunedin and formed by early childhood friends, Josh Mehrtens and Josh Reid, they were quickly catapulted into the music scene after only one gig together, which soon lead to a NYE set at Rhythm and Vines during the recording of their debut album, Foreplay, which leads us here.
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Boom! Boom! Deluxe! - EP Review: Boom! Boom! Deluxe!
01 May 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
As a teenager I was really into psychobilly head cases King Kurt. They were the backdrop to many a drunken party.
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Tom Cunliffe - Album Review: Template For Love
01 May 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
I must admit when I came across this I was put off by the album title Template for Love as I am more of an 'Instructions for Chaos' kind of guy.Life is much richer if you push into the unknown, challenge the preconceptions and explore with an open mind which is exactly what Tom Cunliffe has done on this his second album.
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Gig Review: Sleeping With Sirens @ The Powerstation, Auckland - 29/4/18
01 May 2018 // A 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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The Dead C - Gig Review: The Dead C & Bad Sav @ Captain Cook Tavern, Dunedin - 28/04/2018
30 Apr 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
I’m unsure if the air of anticipation in the legendary Captain Cook was actually real, or just something I was projecting, but I felt the thrill of the chase, I was going to see The Dead C live for the third time in my life. Dunedin three piece Bad Sav opened proceedings in fine style.
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SHAYNA - Single & Video Review: Miles Away
29 Apr 2018 // A review by floorcat
As the music video for Miles Away started to play, the first word that came to mind was wow! Produced and directed by the incredible Shae Sterling, the quality of this video is amazing, complete with Northland scenery and the beautiful photogenic Shayna in several styles.
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Kimbra - Album review: Primal Heart
29 Apr 2018 // A review by jacquiew
Kimbra's Primal Heart is a fascinating album of many disparate parts. In some ways it’s more a producer’s album than a singer’s, featuring texture and complex production as the artist explores the varied expressions of her undeniable and prodigious talent.
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Tom Cunliffe - Gig Review: Tom Cunliffe @ Pah Homestead, Auckland - 15/04/2018
28 Apr 2018 // A review by butch181
Off from Auckland’s Hillsborough Road, if you can find the sign for Delargey Ave within the trees that line the roadway, you may come across the Pah Homestead. A historic home that houses the James Wallace Art Trust’s collection of New Zealand Art, and on Sundays is also the home of a mini-concert series.
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Sharon Miller - Album Review: Family Secrets
28 Apr 2018 // A review by butch181
Modern country rocker Sharon Miller has released her debut album Family Secrets The opening track, The Wall, is a tribute to the 22nd February 2011 magnitude 6.3 earthquake, that caused severe damage in Christchurch and Lyttelton, killing 185 people and injuring several thousand.
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The Roulettes - Album Review: Venus Burns
27 Apr 2018 // A review by Andrew Smit
Opening with a crash of drums and melodic guitar the ever-fresh sound of The Roulettesannounce their latest album Venus Burns with the rousing opening track Stealing Electricity. Thankfully the band have not strayed from their captivating psychedelic sound with songs that are loaded with glorious guitar chords full of sparkling harmonics and hypnotic stomping rhythms.
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Tempist Fujit - Single Review: Daynes Song
26 Apr 2018 // A review by Peter-James Dries
'Tis a two-headed beast, Daynes Song, the new single from Northland’s Tempist Fujit. On one side it’s jazzy funky 90's Rock riffs, bass licks, and song structure (with complimentary Santana-like solo), the other side modern Rap riffing.
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NRG Rising - Single Review: Take Us High
25 Apr 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
The mother and daughters reggae trio NRG Rising from Hamilton, first entered into the music scene in 2011 with their debut album From Darkness To Light, and have gathered a strong and loyal following ever since. The band’s latest single Take Us High has been described as a “catchy, soulful tune echoing the popular 1990’s style of R&B”.
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False Heights - EP Review: No? Who...?
24 Apr 2018 // A review by butch181
Starting the EP off, In My Memory, begins with some light piano chords and delicate vocals from April Nisbet. With an incredible short vocal hook of a “chorus”, and layers of harmonies and additional backing vocals, the audial performance is so captivating that the gradual addition of instrumentation is almost not noticed until the end of the track.
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Gig Review: Primacy, Remote & Coridian @ Ding Dong Lounge, Auckland - 7/4/18
22 Apr 2018 // A 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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Gig Review: The Killers @ Spark Arena, Auckland 20/04/2018
21 Apr 2018 // A review by butch181
The night started early, with Alex Cameron, an Australian musician who is friends with Brandon Flowers, having assisted in The Killers latest release, co-writing five tracks. An interesting act, they imbibe an electronic 80’s element to their music, with a David Bowie/Sting vibe to Cameron’s vocal style.
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Ekko Park - Gig Review: Simple Plan with Ekko Park @ The Powerstation, Auckland - 19/04/2018
20 Apr 2018 // A review by butch181
An hour to go before doors open and there is already a group of fans lining up outside of the Powerstation. An impressive feat but considering that it has been 13 years since Simple Plan last performed in the country, one would expect the big fans to be ready to get their spots at the front of the stage.
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Chris the Maker Feat. Christopher Allen Haumaha - Single Review: Project001
17 Apr 2018 // A review by Kerry Kingi
This track has no intro, starting off hard, rough and with fuzzy feedback to your ears. It is a continuous loop that starts off quite rough, gradually changing slightly with new arrangements of sounds from time to time.
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Jaggers x Lines - Single Reviews: Come to Rest & Problem Drinking
15 Apr 2018 // A review by butch181
Two tracks from Jaggers x Lines turned up in my email for review today, and while self-described as an eclectic approach to pop, that is an understatement. With a combination of jazzercize audio, piano accents and horned instruments, Problem Drinking is an audibly invigorating mix in an otherwise stale genre.
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Looking For Alaska - Single Review: Calling Out
15 Apr 2018 // A review by butch181
Calling Out has the pacing of a hit dance track, but the style is very much ballad-esque. Soft, thick vocals from Amy Maynard, she almost struggles with the pace to start, trying to hang onto those sultry notes while guitarist Aaron Gott keeps pushing the track onwards.
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I Am Giant - Gig Review: I Am Giant @ Galatos, Auckland 14/04/2018
15 Apr 2018 // A review by butch181
I have been following I Am Giant from the start; since the release of their debut single City Limits, their first New Zealand shows back in 2010, before their three studio albums. I knew it was going to be an emotional night, as it was their final Auckland show before their hiatus, but I underestimated the extent of it all.
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Gin Wigmore - Album Review: Ivory
13 Apr 2018 // A 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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nomad - Album Review: Can You Feel It?
13 Apr 2018 // A review by Ria Loveder
nomad soared into popularity with their catchy infectious pop tune Oh My My in 2016. After their song reached gold sales and they were nominated for Best Newcomers at the NZ Music Awards they are back with their debut album Can You Feel It?
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Album Review: Sex & Food
11 Apr 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
I know it is controversial but I am going to say it anyway. I agree with Taka Waititi - Unknown Mortal Orchestra are the best band on the planet to listen to and the new album is awesome as fuck!
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Festival Review: Homegrown 2018
10 Apr 2018 // A review by LoraThompson
It was a cloudy yet thankfully calm Saturday in beautiful capital city when we arrived at the waterfront at 1pm. After collecting my pass, the first stop was up-and-comers Dead Favours on the Rock Stage.
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Theia - Single Review: Bye Bye
09 Apr 2018 // A review by floorcat
Christchurch born artist, Theia's single Bye Bye is a song of attitude. Starting with gentle techno notes playing subtly in the background to emphasis the emotion, which was also sung through the lyrics "I don't need your fake ass hanging round me so bye bye".
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Stan Walker - EP Review: Stan
09 Apr 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
To coincide with the live broadcast of Stan Walker’s powerful and moving documentary, which follows his journey to recovery after being given a cancer diagnosis in 2017, is the release of a 6 track EP titled Stan. The EP had barely been out a day, and already it had made it to number one in New Zealand.
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I Am Giant - Gig Review: I Am Giant @ Totara Street, Mount Maunganui - 5/04/2018
09 Apr 2018 // A review by JohnnyBSquid
When you are about to embark on an evening of three bands which kicks off with Coridian, you know you are in for a real treat, despite the fact it marks the end of ten years of one of New Zealand’s finest heavy rock bands, I Am Giant, who are calling it a day with this final tour entitled ‘Life In Captivity’ which is commemorated with the release of their third album of the same name.A headliner in their own right, Coridian take to the stage with rapturous applause of which they deserve every second, having done the hard yards, playing to the local crowd on several occasions in the past year alone, the band kick into their set with the self-assured positivity of a band on top of their game and have onlookers dancing and singing along within seconds.
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Ha the Unclear - Single Review: Wallace Line
08 Apr 2018 // A review by Ria Loveder
My music taste over the past year has changed a wee bit, and I am loving music that harks back to the 80's, and Ha the Unclear do just that. Their eccentric sound is filled with unconventional retro alt-pop music making them the perfect backing track to the New Zealand summer, pity we have just come into Autumn!
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A.U.R.A - Single Review: G.I Wonder
05 Apr 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
There is something safe about the familiar. It is comfortable.
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Illuminus - Album Review: Endless
04 Apr 2018 // A review by JohnnyBSquid
At a little over 29 minutes this 12-song extravaganza weaves a textural symphony of sounds and feelings. First it will have you lulled into submission with almost ambient passages, then it will shake you awake with full on heavy skull pounding brutality.
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Carnivorous Plant Society - Album Review: The New King
03 Apr 2018 // A review by rebelsoundradio
Sometimes a name just grabs you and demands that you explore it a little bit further. Carnivorous Plant Society is a not just a good name, it’s a damn good name.
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Lunavela - EP Review: Lunavela
03 Apr 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Lunavela is the current musical project of Steve Mathieson, formerly of Auckland indie outfit Collapsing Cities. The 5 track self-titled EP is described by Lunavela as Shoegaze House, which is a genre I have never heard of before.
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I Am Giant - Album Review: Life in Captivity
02 Apr 2018 // A 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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Simon Hirst - Album Review: Feet of God
02 Apr 2018 // A review by Trevor Faville
This is not quite the first release from Hamilton based artist Simon Hirst. Preceding Feet of God have been two EP’s, Shining in Silver from 2017, and the online-only The Cats Out of the Bag which as well as containing alternative versions of some of the Feet of God tracks, functions as quite an important companion piece.
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Gig Review: Mastodon & Gojira @ Trusts Arena, Auckland 31/03/18
01 Apr 2018 // A review by butch181
Storm the Gates has definitely been following the “Go Big or Go Home” philosophy and is yet to put on a show without issues, but as far as this Easter Show is concerned, at least they weren’t the reason for the problem and tried to keep the fans as updated as possible. The problem instead came down to an issue with the freighting of Gojira and Mastodon’s gear, which was looking like it would lead to the cancellation of the show.
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New Telepathics - Album Review: The End Of War
31 Mar 2018 // A review by River Tucker
The New Telepathics' latest release, wishfully entitled The End of War, explores an amalgamation of Soul, Jazz, Trip Hop, Techno Funk and Calypso genres with inspiring lyrics and tight rhythms sure to get the crowd amped and on the dance floor.Driving bass lines and pared-back drums are sometimes interspersed with unusual sequences and effects that give an edgy disjointed vibe.
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Harry Parsons - Single Review: Harry Parsons - Real
30 Mar 2018 // A review by butch181
Starting with a deep reverberating piano, Harry Parsons starts his singing in the lower ranges of his vocal range “Let it all go, let it all out, crying on my shoulder, I’ll be looking over all of your fear, all of your doubt…”, immediately sets the tone of the song, as something contemplative and human. None of the trash that mainstream music has been throwing at us, charged with lyrics about money and “b*tches and hoes”.
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Single Review: **JOY** featuring Mark Vanilau - The String of Strength
30 Mar 2018 // A review by butch181
*JOY* is not a producer that I am familiar with, but he has plans to release three EP’s over three months and to do so three more times throughout the next 12 months. Nine EP’s within a year is near enough the definition of prolific, but the real question will come down to whether these nine EP’s will be high quality.
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Apollo SteamTrain - Gig Review: Apollo SteamTrain @ Ding Dong Lounge, Auckland 24/03/2018
30 Mar 2018 // A review by butch181
Apollo SteamTrain were coming from Tauranga for their first Auckland show (headlining, nonetheless), and the Auckland weather gods decided to do what it always does and give us a lot of rain throughout the day and into the evening. As the season moves further and further away from summer, the rain is icy cold, but it doesn’t stop Aucklanders from getting out on the town.
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Album Review: Local Musicians Music Vol 4. Compilation Review
30 Mar 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
This is a grassroots original music journey that has been growing from strength to strength while gaining notoriety along the way. Starting in a small music office in the back-roads of Thames in 2014, Shirley Howe (aka LA Thompson) came up with a “little idea”.
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Hollywoodfun Downstairs - Gig Review: Hollywoodfun Downstairs @ The Wine Cellar, Auckland 23/03/2018
30 Mar 2018 // A review by butch181
On a brisk Friday night at the Wine Cellar, a small crowd milled around the bar awaiting the opening band to set up and complete their soundcheck. Slightly after they were due to begin, the doors were opened and Old Loaves started their set.
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Astro Children - Single Review: Beneath the Visible Surface
30 Mar 2018 // A review by butch181
The latest single from Astro Children is a departure from their usual sound, with the addition of Jonathan Pearce on the synth. A step deeper into the indie sub-genre of shoegaze, Beneath the Visible Surface exhibits the elements of dreamy, psychedelic space pop.
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Solo Ono - EP Review: Rogue Planet
28 Mar 2018 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Solo Ono are a Wellington two piece (and the occasional three-piece) indulging in some no-frills garage post pop with synth overtones, creating their own sound. Having been six years since their self-titled 2012 debut, Solo Ono have finally broken the drought with a new EP release- Rogue Planet.
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Gig Review: Prophets of Rage @ Spark Arena, Auckland - 20/03/2018
27 Mar 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
I was lucky enough to see Rage Against the Machine just after they released their debut album. It was a tiny venue in the UK and the energy and anger along with Tom Morello's insane guitar histrionics was a massive influence on me and the music I wanted to create.
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Super Narco Man - EP Review: Dank Mammoth Deluxe EP
27 Mar 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
So, what is it about Tauranga? This land of the newlyweds and the nearly-deads is fast becoming a hotbed of some serious underground post-punk hardcore goodness.
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Darren Watson - Album review: Too Many Millionaires
26 Mar 2018 // A review by jacquiew
This deeply enjoyable album will warm the hearts of any blues fans, and in fact anyone with an ounce of soul will love it. Darren Watson is a great example of a bluesman at his peak.
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Gig Review: Ed Sheeran @ Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland - 24/03/2018
25 Mar 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
Walking from the car to Mt Smart Stadium and the heavens open. People are literally flooding in with the standard dress code for outdoor gigs here this year being Ponchos and shorts.
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Thomas Oliver - Album Review: Live at the Crystal Palace
21 Mar 2018 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Thomas Oliver has been around for some time, and if you haven’t ever heard of him, where have you been all these years? It’s time you take note and listen.
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Apollo SteamTrain - Gig Review: Apollo SteamTrain @ Imbibe Bar, Tauranga - 10/03/2018
20 Mar 2018 // A review by JohnnyBSquid
After kicking off their tour at the Nivara Lounge in Hamilton the much anticipated second night on Apollo SteamTrain’s Brain Bell Jangler Tour is in their home town at Imbibe bar, Mount Maunganui. The tour’s name was taken in support of their newest single and what a toe tapping, feel good song it is.
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Temples on Mars - Album Review: Temples on Mars
19 Mar 2018 // A review by butch181
The self-titled album from Temples of Mars starts us off with a light intro, featuring some Aladdin-esque Arabic sounding instrumentation and distorted recorded dialogue; almost coming off like the soundtrack to Brendan Fraser’s The Mummy franchise. Gradually rising in volume and layers it leads straight into Gods & Kings.
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Gig Review: Storm the Gates Festival @ Trusts Arena, Auckland, 17/03/2018
18 Mar 2018 // A review by butch181
Getting to the venue before doors open, already the black shirts and tattoos were beginning to gather in anticipation of the days' festivities. With a selection of stalls with games, merch, food, and cars, it was odd to have the doors open a mere 10 minutes before the first act was due to start.
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Delaney Davidson - Album review - Shining Day
17 Mar 2018 // A review by jacquiew
Compelling from the very first notes, Delaney Davidson harnesses sonic eccentricity and deploys it to magnificent effect across all eleven tracks of this absolute ripper of an album. Impeccable and intriguing production makes this is a fascinating and gratifying listening experience.
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Andrew Masseurs - Album review - Origins
14 Mar 2018 // A review by jacquiew
There’s no denying Andrew Masseurs’ musicianship and the quality of the production of this album. It’s a clever and accomplished piece of work from an artist who is firmly in control of his craft.
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Eb & Sparrow - Album Review - Seeing Things
14 Mar 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Eb & Sparrow could be described as Alternative Country, or as front person Emily Lamb has described it “New Folk”. “The resulting ‘new-folk’ encompasses a huge variety of sounds and genres, with roots in folk, country and Americana”.
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Stellar* - Gig Review: Stellar* @ The Tuning Fork, Auckland - 09/03/2018
13 Mar 2018 // A review by butch181
It was a mild Friday evening, and the plaza outside Spark Arena was bustling with a mix of people ready to see Stellar* and Mrs Brown's Boys. As Spark Arena’s doors opened, the crowds filed away, leaving the group of Stellar* fans to make the most of the outdoor seating as they waited for the Tuning Fork’s to follow suit and open doors.
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Robby Thorne - Album Review: The White Thorn Track
13 Mar 2018 // A review by Peter-James Dries
There is a time and place for genre pedantry. I get that categorising artists by genre is a way of qualifying if you will like music before trying it.
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Emily Fairlight - Single/Video Review: The Escape
13 Mar 2018 // A review by Miss_Jukebox
Poet and alt-folk singer-songwriter Emily Fairlight has released her latest song The Escape - a bittersweet romantic ballad with plush country/folk vibes. It’s a hauntingly beautiful composition that sinks into you with its heartfelt delivery and writing.
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Dead Favours - Single Review: Better The Weather
13 Mar 2018 // A 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 // A 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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Depths - Album Review: Endless
10 Mar 2018 // A review by Matt Mutinous
Release Date: April 13th, 2018 Picked up by Deadboy Records in late 2011, Depths have hit the ground running, adding a new angle to the New Zealand Metal scene and bringing a fresh sound to the table. Presumably named after the album from US deathcore band, Oceano, Depths has managed to draw an international style of death metal from the comforts of Palmerston North.
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Jamie McDell - Single Review: Tori Feat. Kasey Chambers
10 Mar 2018 // A 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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So Below - EP Review: So Below
09 Mar 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
I came across a description of Madeline North (AKA So Below), which was very fitting, “A mysterious Goth Pop chanteuse”. I myself have previously reviewed her work and described her as an “enigmatic songbird”.
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Matt Hay - Album Review: Something Blue
08 Mar 2018 // A review by butch181
Matt Hay’s Something Blue is a simple album; a slow, relaxed pace, and soothing storytelling vocals. Opening track Last Jubilee is perhaps the most upbeat in tempo, with a melody reminiscent to that of John Mellencamp’s Jack & Diane with an extra open string twang to it from the combination of the guitar and mandolin.
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Festival Review: Auckland City Limits 2018
08 Mar 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
Here we go again. It's a stunning day and the rain has held off.
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Clap Clap Riot - Gig Review: Clap Clap Riot @ Whammy Bar, Auckland - 23/02/2018
08 Mar 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
Clap Clap Riot have one of the best band names. I knew of them for years without ever hearing any of the music.
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Pale Lady - Single Review: Empty Space
07 Mar 2018 // A review by butch181
With a snappy snare, a thick, distorted chug, and an opening riff reminiscent of Pantera’s Cowboys from Hell, Pale Lady have finally released their debut single, Empty Space. Forming in 2016, and winning the Battle of the Bands in 2017, there is clear evidence that they have a good thing going.
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Dead Celeb - Album Review: Dead Celeb
07 Mar 2018 // A review by butch181
The debut self-titled album from Wellington’s Dead Celeb, is just as hard to pin down genre-wise as it is to find anything to do with them on Google. Experimental Rock of the 80’s and 90’s is the closest I can come to truly describing their sound; with a combination of potential influences from the likes of The Strokes, Franz Ferdinand, Decortica, Nine Inch Nails, Chris Cornell, The Rolling Stones, Muse, David Bowie, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, System Of A Down, Villainy, and I Am Giant.
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How To Human - Single Review: Devil in Your Pocket
06 Mar 2018 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
How to Human are a four-piece rock assault hailing from Wellington, ready to unleash their edgy rock on unsuspecting audiences. Pushing the limits musically and lyrically, Devil in Your Pocket is their debut single, and from the first listen, it’s crisp and exciting.
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Tom Lee-Richards - Mini LP Review: Out of the Oddness
05 Mar 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Tom Lee-Richards is a solo artist described as an emotive storyteller. A native of Whangarei, he began his musical journey at the young age of 4.
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Streakers - Single Review: BDSM
05 Mar 2018 // A review by Trevor Faville
BDSM is a solid first release from New Brighton based three-piece Streakers. For a debut recorded effort, this tune has the focus, clarity, and impact that plainly reflects a fair amount of ‘quality time’, the kind of time spent playing live and allowing a sound to develop.
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The Latest Fallout - Single Review: What Kind Of Person Do You Take Me For
03 Mar 2018 // A 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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Boycrush - Single Review: Holy Water
28 Feb 2018 // A review by butch181
Holy Water is the latest release from the Electronic Alt Pop artist Boycrush AKA kiwi producer Alistair Ross Deverick, and the first thing that hits you is the volume. Not the simple loud/quiet that you can change with the click of a button, but the thick meatiness of that deep bassline.
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Ghost Who Walks - Single Review: Vertigo
28 Feb 2018 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Ghost Who Walks is the brilliance of Wellington born Guitarist, Singer and Songwriter Sam Fowles, backed by his band who play under the moniker, ‘The Ghost’ Ghost Who Walks are straight up funky blues with a host of influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sublime. Combined with a heavy, tight rhythm section and reggae and rock overtones and you have the perfect blend that moves the mind, soul, and more importantly, the body.
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April Fish - Album Review: An Alien Invaded The Circus
28 Feb 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
I rubbed my hands together in glee at the thought of reviewing this CD. Sometimes something so unique and strangely alluring beckons you to it which you are powerless to resist.
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Julia Deans - Single Review: Clandestine
26 Feb 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
One of New Zealand’s most well known 'rock chicks', Julia Deans has released a stunning new single called Clandestine. After performing live performances on both Jesse Mulligan's National Radio Show and Russell Brown's Orcon Sessions at Golden Dawn, Julia was inundated with requests from fans to release the song.
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David Edwards - Album Review: Gleefully Unknown 1997 - 2005
25 Feb 2018 // A review by Peter-James Dries
There is the weird and wonderful. And then there is the weird.
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Summer Underground Tour @ Totara St, Mt Maunganui - 23/02/2018
24 Feb 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Venturing back into Totara St for the first rock gig of 2018, was like revisiting a familiar friend. A sense of dejavu engulfed me as I was greeted by Coridian at the door, but something was missing.
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Hollywoodfun Downstairs - Album Review: Tetris
23 Feb 2018 // A review by JohnnyBSquid
Hollywoodfun Downstairs were best described by Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Kurt Williams as trashy noise pop punk which aptly describes the jaw dropping, face slapping dissonance and tension generated by the music on their latest recording.Comparisons to fellow kiwis Die!
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Scorn Of Creation - Album Review: Scorn of Creation
23 Feb 2018 // A review by terry666
To start with Scorn of Creation's line-up gets you excited. The group is made up of veterans of the NZ Metal scene.
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Happy Hearse - Album Review: Love and Work
22 Feb 2018 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Happy Hearse are back with their new album, Love and Work. If anyone is familiar with their debut album released last year, Mastering the Shakes, you’ll know how unique Happy Hearse’s sound is and the journey that awaits your ears.
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Gig Review: Cattle Decapitation @ Kings Arms, Auckland - 8/02/2018
21 Feb 2018 // A review by Matt Mutinous
Thursday nights are always a good night to go out if you live in Auckland, with most international acts 'fitting us in' on their Australian tour nowadays, even a show this close to the weekend is a blessing. San Diego death metal giants, Cattle Decapitation had shown up to the iconic Kings Arms and the line to the was stretched out into the street.
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Callum Gentleman - EP Review: Callum Gentleman
21 Feb 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
I must confess, I have a soft spot for Callum Gentleman, having seen him perform several times at my local intimate gig venue, which is a beacon of light for artists, poets and storytellers, the perfect environment for blues / folk noir (with the odd dash of country). A place where the Nick Caves of NZ can come and be heard by a very appreciative audience.
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Tom Lee-Richards - Single Review: Out Of The Oddness
20 Feb 2018 // A review by Ria Loveder
An experimenter of music from a young age, Tom Lee-Richards' passion for songs and composition is evident in his array of work. His latest single Out Of The Oddness has dropped and it is one track I recommend you listen to.
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Berri Txarrack @ Whammy Bar, Auckland - 18/02/2018
20 Feb 2018 // A 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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Dead Favours - Gig Review: Rise Against w/ Dead Favours @ Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland - 19/02/2018
20 Feb 2018 // A review by butch181
In a rather unconventional choice, the other international act that was touring with Rise Against, Berri Txarrak, would be opening the night, ahead of the local act, Dead Favours. Berri Txarrak being a band originating from Basque Country (an autonomous community in northern Spain), whose songs are sung completely in the Basque language (which is linguistically unrelated to any other known living language), they undoubtedly had a difficult job ahead of them to warm up the crowd.
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Gig Review: Queen and Adam Lambert @ Spark Arena, Auckland - 17/02/2018
18 Feb 2018 // A review by terry666
I was a very excited man as I headed towards Spark Arena in Auckland, for what is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest rock bands, Queen and Adam Lambert. Now purists would say it’s not Queen without Freddie, but it's worth going to see the show before making judgements.
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Apollo SteamTrain - Single Review: Brain Bell Jangler
16 Feb 2018 // A review by Andrew Smit
Brain Bell Jangler is a very likeable track full of ripping harmonic guitar strains that heave along to a rock steady rhythm providing a superb foundation for the very catchy vocal tones from lead singer Brendan McCarthy. Apollo SteamTrain are a traditional 3-piece rock Guitar/Bass/Drum ensemble that have produced a killer track with such a crisp guitar sound that bursts with melodic sparkles that combine beautifully with the very Beatle-esque vocal performance.
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EDY Feat. Chris Bates - Single review: Here 4 U
16 Feb 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
I was slightly perplexed about reviewing the single release Here 4 U by EDY featuring Chris Bates, simply because I could not figure out whom EDY was and I am sure the Chris Bates on Spotify could not be the same Chris Bates I was hearing. Slyly diverting away from the link I was given all in the name of research is not always wise.
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Destructatron - EP Review: Rise of Destructatron
15 Feb 2018 // A review by Matt Mutinous
Countdown... to...
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Gig Review: Robbie Williams with Tami Neilson @ Spark Arena, Auckland 14/02/2018
15 Feb 2018 // A review by butch181
Spark Arena has been completely changed since last night’s Paramore concert, now utilising the full arena space, and with additional stage pieces running down the centre of the Standing Floor area, the air is full of anticipation in what looks to be an immersive experience. The only opening act for the night came in the form of Tami Neilson, a country & soul singer/songwriter, and Silver Scroll winner.
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The Frank Burkitt Band - Album Review: Raconteur
14 Feb 2018 // A review by Miss_Jukebox
Peruse through the gorgeous pages of Frank Burkitt’s storybook in Frank Burkitt Band’s latest album – a beautiful collection of narratives set to folk, jazz, blues and American roots essences. Raconteur is the second full-length album from the band, who formed in Wellington during 2014 after Burkitt, and his partner Kara Filbey (who provides vocals, flute and percussion on the album) moved from Edinburgh.
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Gig Review: Paramore @ Spark Arena, Auckland 13/02/2018
14 Feb 2018 // A review by butch181
The crowd was bustling as Auckland’s Spark Arena slowly filled up. Not a full arena show, but the stage had been brought forward enough to ensure everyone was crowded in together.
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JCK - Album Review: Glass
12 Feb 2018 // A review by James Castady-Kristament
Beautiful rendition of Bowie's classic Ashes to Ashes exactly note for note to my ear. Can't believe he played every instrument himself!
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Salmonella Dub - Gig Review: Salmonella Dub Feat. Tiki Taane @ Owen Delaney Park, Taupo - 3/02/2018
09 Feb 2018 // A review by Kerry Kingi
Salmonella Dub are multiple platinum album sellers and award winners famous for their Dub n' Bass sound an important part of New Zealand's music history. This show was about the band reuniting with Tiki Taane.
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I Am Giant - Single Review: Don't Look Back
08 Feb 2018 // A review by Miss_Jukebox
New Zealand’s rock darlings, I Am Giant have started their 2018 with a bang – releasing their first new single of the year, Don’t Look Back; before they unleash their hotly-anticipated third full-length album, Life in Captivity - which is due out in March. This will be the first full-length release from the band since 2014’s Science and Survival.
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David Sutton - Album Review: Binary
08 Feb 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
All I have to go on David Sutton is that he “writes and records songs”, which is handy to know as I am reviewing his latest 10 track album titled Binary. I had a tip off that his music is somewhat quirky and I would enjoy it.
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Dilz - Single Review: Wait On You Ft. J.Williams & TY
07 Feb 2018 // A 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 // A 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 // A 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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Gig Review: Foo Fighters @ Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland - 03/02/2018
04 Feb 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
It had been raining on and off for most of the day but just as Wellington band Ayn Randy took the stage the heavens opened. It set the scene for what was going to be an awesome night where the weather played a big part in the memories of the 40,000 people packed into Auckland's Mount Smart Stadium.
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Jed Parsons - Single Review: Get Lost
03 Feb 2018 // A review by butch181
Get Lost is the debut single from Jed Parsons, and makes a heck of an introduction. Composed of an almost mediocre arrangement that has had dissonance and discord purposefully inserted into it, to present a juxtaposition of the normal and the fantasy.
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Jas Josland - Album Review: See What You Did There
03 Feb 2018 // A review by butch181
See What You Did There is Jas Josland's debut album consisting of 11 tracks and a total run-time of almost 37 minutes. With only one song breaking the four-minute mark, these tracks on the debut album are on the shorter side, running less than three and a half minutes long, on average.
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JCK - Album Review: Glass
01 Feb 2018 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
JCK or James Castady-Kristament, a name familiar to most, especially here at Muzic.net.
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Santa Barbara - Single Review: Marianne's Dark Eyes
01 Feb 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
I love Santa Barbara. I am lucky enough to visit there once a year and it's a funky little town about two hours from LA LA Land with a laid-back vibe and it also knows how to get down and dirty on a weekend.
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Gig Review: End of an Era Night 2 @ Kings Arms, Auckland - 27/01/2018
30 Jan 2018 // A review by butch181
I wasn't present for the Night 1 performances of the End of an Era shows, but by all accounts from those that had been there, it had been a great night with a good turnout, especially considering it was competing with large international acts performing at other venues (such as Pink Floyd's Roger Waters at Spark Arena). So I was definitely looking forward to the nights' performances.
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Festival Review: Laneway 2018 @ Albert Street Precinct, Auckland - 29/01/2018
30 Jan 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
2017 was my first time at Laneway. I went for one reason only and that was to see Refused.
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Bleeders - Gig Review: Bleeders @ House of Vans, Shed 10, Auckland - 20/01/2018
30 Jan 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
So this event kind of took everyone by surprise. The global entity that is House of Vans announced a music/skate festival to be based at Shed 10 on Auckland's waterfront.
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Gig Review: End of an Era Night 1 @ Kings Arms, Auckland - 26/01/2018
29 Jan 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
I arrived early for this first of two nights of bands who have come together to say goodbye to iconic Auckland venue the Kings Arms, which will finally close its doors at the end of February. Punters are slowly streaming in for the opening band A Doubtful Sound (isn't that the best name ever for a Kiwi Band) but the band don't care about how many people are in the room and hit the set full tilt.
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Will Saunders - Album Review: Covers Four
27 Jan 2018 // A review by Peter-James Dries
Covers Four, formally and sub titled I Know That We Are Not New (a line taken from the contained cover of Cohen’s Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye) is Will Saunders from The Lowest Fidelity’s take on a collection of obscure tracks, which ironically were new to me. It’s the mode now to take on, often poorly, the latest hits of the Billboard charts, posting them to YouTube in the vain hope of riding off the coattails of the song’s fame.
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Empire To Ashes - Album Review: [in pieces]
26 Jan 2018 // A review by Kerry Kingi
Empire to Ashes new album [in pieces] is like a soundtrack of ambient alternative art. The music videos that I have seen are amazing and full of surreal visualisations that tells a story.
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Chores - Single Review: Surrender
25 Jan 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Chores are a multi-talented duo from Auckland specialising in electronic music production, song writing and DJ’ing. They have been described as “one of the most exciting new acts this side of the equator”.
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Festival Review: Bay Dreams 2018
21 Jan 2018 // A review by Kerry Kingi
Bay Dreams 2018 was the biggest one yet, from start to finish this was a great day out, great people, great services for drinks and food, rides and a brand new set up this year. The main stage was closer to the other stages so it made it quicker to get around all of the stages to see the artists.
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Jacquie Walters and James Wilkinson - Jacquie Walters - Album Review: Light For A Broken World
17 Jan 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Christchurch born and bred, Jacquie Walters recorded her first song Bob Dylan’s Dream when she was six years old.  Singing Dylan and Joan Baez songs with her parents from an early age was her introduction to singer-songwriters.
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Marina Bloom and Moving Stuff - Album Review: When I Am Gone
16 Jan 2018 // A review by butch181
The piano is an often under-recognised and under-utilised instrument. Even though the majority of musicians in this modern day will use a keyboard, it's often to play more "exotic" sounding instruments.
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The Vazey Collective - Single Review: Dreamers
16 Jan 2018 // A review by butch181
Dreamers is a well-balanced, light, summery track. While the track feels simplistic in its overall sound, the lead guitar provides properly weighed riffs, that complement the melody and vocals of the track without overpowering the rest of the composition.
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Lincoln Greene - Album Review: The Lincoln Greene Project
16 Jan 2018 // A review by Peter-James Dries
Jimmy Hazelwood, actor and purveyor of acoustic folk, has recently released a new record, but not as himself. This time Jimmy is stepped into the role of Lincoln Greene, bringing you the debut album from this pseudonym, the aptly title The Lincoln Greene Project.
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Psyrok - EP Review: Omega Point Blank
10 Jan 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Psyrok is a cross-genre electronica producer and songwriter based in Wellington. He also runs his own micro-label Psylince Records.
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Skinny Hobos - Gig Review: Skinny Hobos @ Yot Club, Raglan - 06/01/2018
08 Jan 2018 // A review by Matt Mutinous
The sun finally decided to make an appearance over Raglan on Saturday afternoon, following two days of chaos weather and king tides that flooded most of the country. Tourists returned with the warmth as the campground began to fill up, the sun slipped below the horizon almost as quickly as it appeared.
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Sol3 Mio - Gig Review: Sol3 Mio @ Wharepai Domain, Tauranga - 6/01/2018
07 Jan 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
It was a wet and wild weekend in Tauranga, wild enough for even the most intrepid big name International artist to delay a concert for a few days, so it was not without trepidation that I kept an eye on the skies as the hours ticked ever closer to Sol3 Mio kicking off. I wouldn't have been overly worried had I only had to review the concert, but I also had to photograph, in the standard “three songs and your out of the pit” time frame.
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Hault - EP review: Hault
06 Jan 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard
The 90's will always be my favourite decade for music. It was a time when rock bands took a punk attitude and melded it with face melting heavy 70's style riffs and this is all perfectly summed up in the Sonic Youth doco 1991 the year that punk broke (check it out).
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Intergracia - EP Review: Rise of The Incubus
31 Dec 2017 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Intergracia are a Kapiti/Wellington band, and as some may remember, formally known as Magnum Opus. They deliver powerful melodic metal that you’ll love from the start.
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Emma G - Album Review: Taking Flight
30 Dec 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
On the back of her whirlwind All Roads Lead To Home tour of New Zealand, Emma Ghaemmaghamy, or Emma G as she is also known, has recently released her debut solo album Taking Flight. Kiwi born but now based in Washington DC, Emma works full time as a street performer and playing music around clubs, bars and community events.
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Troy Kingi - Album Review: Shake That Skinny Ass All The Way To Zygertron
22 Dec 2017 // A review by Peter-James Dries
Where the hell did this come from? Or perhaps the more appropriate question is when?
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The Knee High Socks - EP Review: The Knee High Socks
21 Dec 2017 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
The Knee High Socks are an Auckland high school quartet that formed in 2015. Their sound is self-confessed indie, ‘math rock’, but not exactly pop, and they have just released their first self-titled EP.
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Jonathan Densem - Album Review: I’m Saying It Now
20 Dec 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Jonathan Densem - Cantabrian singer, composer, musician and teacher has launched his album I’m Saying It Now. It is an album of storytelling and beautiful melody.
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Jas Josland - Single Review: Lie To Yourself
19 Dec 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Sounding very much like Gin Wigmore, Jas Josland is a multi-talented self-managed indie rock artist from Christchurch, with an interesting life story and a stunning voice. She has described her music to be “almost like a recipe book with strong influences ranging from 60’s to the new artist’s”  they are songs with stories to tell.
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Future Islands with Silicon @ Powerstation Auckland - 16/12/2017
19 Dec 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
This dude can dance. He is on another planet.
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Mitch Alderlieste - Single Review: Breathe
18 Dec 2017 // A review by butch181
Mitch Alderlieste’s latest release is a light airy piece, that follows along the lines of Travis’ Why Does It Always Rain On Me? And Robbie William’s Angels.
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Medusa Glare - EP Review: Medusa Glare
18 Dec 2017 // A review by butch181
Medusa Glare is the self-titled debut album for the four-piece Hamilton rock act. Coming up to their fourth anniversary since their creation they have released this four-track EP, all with track lengths in the four-minute range (anybody else thinks they should have named the EP Four or IV?
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SoccerPractise - Album Review: SoccerPractise
18 Dec 2017 // A review by butch181
The self-titled debut album by SoccerPractise, is an exquisite, eclectic, perky blend of sound arrangements. This experimental indie electronica has the essence of what could have been if Lorde had aimed for clubs and EDM festivals rather than arena concerts.
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Cricket Farm - Album Review: Bending Spoons
18 Dec 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Cricket Farm, the Auckland based three-piece indie-folk/jazz band, are proudly releasing their debut album with the enchanting name of Bending Spoons. It has been described by the band as “music for hopeless romantic conspiracy theorists”… a statement such as that is simply intriguing and led me on a wonderful journey through 12 tracks of the bands thoughts and feelings accompanied by a stunning and honest indie-folk, gypsy jazz soundtrack.
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Gig Review: Paul McCartney @ Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland - 16/12/2017
17 Dec 2017 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Opening with A Hard Day’s Night to thunderous applause and rapture, Paul McCartney didn’t waste any time in appeasing the thirty something thousand crowd that descended upon Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland last night. It was a perfect warm summer’s night with no wind that made for crystal clear acoustics, and a stage that was set up perfectly with two huge live feed screens so everyone, front, side and back got the chance to see Sir McCartney in all his glory.
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Armed In Advance - Gig Review: Armed in Advance, Fallstate and AnimalHead @ Backbeat, Auckland - 8/12/2017
16 Dec 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
Back at Backbeat. Deja vu, is a feeling you get when you see a lot of bands in Auckland.
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Gig Review: Fuel with Coridian and Merrin @ The Studio, Auckland - 13/12/2017
14 Dec 2017 // A review by butch181
While the sidewalk outside the venue didn’t look overly packed before doors opened, a thorough scan of the landscape revealed that there were, in fact, a large number of fans waiting to gain entry, they were just spread out along the street, rather than bunched up at the entrance. A quick chat with some of the fans revealed that we didn’t just have Aucklander’s in attendance, many had traveled far (some from the South Island) to be present on this night for Fuel; in fact, one of the opening bands hailed from Wellington, a testament to the appeal of Fuel all these years later.
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Gig Review: Marley: NZ All-Stars @ The Trusts Arena, Auckland - 30/11/2017
13 Dec 2017 // A review by butch181
Heading to the Trusts Arena, I was rather surprised to be able to get parking right out front. The line of people waiting to get in, only adding up to around 50 people.
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L.A.B. - Album Review: L.A.B
12 Dec 2017 // A review by LoraThompson
Needless to say I have seen these boys play live and had long anticipated the release of the self-title album from L.A.
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Scalper - EP Review: Want
12 Dec 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
I read a Facebook post from a friend of mine in the UK recently who writes reviews. It went something like this "somebody please send me some music I can feel enough to believe it".
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Gig Review: Paul Kelly @ The Civic, Auckland - 1/12/2017
12 Dec 2017 // A review by Andrew Smit
I last saw Paul Kelly in 1987 at the Dee Why Hotel and was eager to hear him again 30 years later, I was confident he would sound awesome, as he is a proven song writer and musician who has not stopped performing and creating beautiful music since 1978, in a stellar career that continues to impress both at home in Australia and abroad. Mr Kelly simply strode to the large stage and started playing his guitar and sang some new songs from his 21st album Life is Fine, they were 3 new songs that are wonderfully fresh, but still typically Kelly songs with his customary sweet melody flowing under his distinctive lyrical comments on life.
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Imagine This - Single Review: That Wave
12 Dec 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Rapper and songwriter Imagine This (Khalid El-Shareif), has released a bright and meaningful new single called That Wave. It is totally compatible with the stunning visuals that make you wish you are there in the bright blue ocean; it is what we dream a glorious Kiwi summer should be.
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Hallelujah Picassos - Single Review: Happy Smile (Naive In Joy)
11 Dec 2017 // A review by butch181
This is truly one of the more obscure singles I've reviewed. Happy Smile (Naive In Joy) is inspired by The Peasant Dance, an oil-on-panel piece of art created by the Netherlandish Renaissance artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder, painted in c.
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Unknown - Single Review: Waihi Beach
08 Dec 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Scared Of Girls are a young garage surf punk 4-piece from Auckland with big ambitions and low standards and as such are here for a good time not a long time, their aim is to throw themselves into 2018 by churning out party punk bangers at energetic shows up and down the country. You can’t get more of a summer vibe then this bands single Waihi Beach, which is to be released on Friday 8th December.
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Spook The Horses - Album Review: People Used To Live Here
07 Dec 2017 // A review by terry666
Atmospheric bordering on doom is what encapsulates this somewhat gloomy affair. This has previously been described as post metal, and there is a lot of darkness but this is in by no means a metal release and it wanders down the path of alternative music in my mind.
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DateMonthYear - Single/Video Review: March
07 Dec 2017 // A review by butch181
DateMonthYear’s latest release, March, is a piece of minimalistic beauty. Starting with some simple notes on the keys, the composition rises in energy with the addition of guitars before returning to a minimal output, ebbing and flowing.
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Primacy - EP Review: III
06 Dec 2017 // A review by butch181
III is Primacy’s offering to the musical gods for 2017. Showcasing the three tracks recorded this year; this is their final release with vocalist Jason McIver, who has recently decided to step down.
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Cheshire Grimm - Gig Review: Cheshire Grimm @ Ding Dong Lounge, Auckland - 24/11/2017
06 Dec 2017 // A review by butch181
It was a reasonably quiet evening at Ding Dong Lounge with Auckland music fans being split between multiple venues that were all putting on shows at the same time. Heading upstairs there was a relaxed atmosphere, as punters from downstairs came up to check out the bands that were on show for the night.
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Bulletbelt - Album Review: Nine Centuries
05 Dec 2017 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Wellington Metallers Bulletbelt are back and bring with them, their third full length release, Nine Centuries. Bulletbelt are no strangers to the Wellington Metal scene and have been kicking around for years, with a lot of respect within their genre.
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Gig Review: Glen Matlock @ Valhalla, Wellington - 25/11/2017
05 Dec 2017 // A review by voodoobloo
As soon as I saw him walk so casually over from the side of the bar up on stage, I knew that this would be a different kind of gig, and possibly one of the most intimate experiences I would have with one of punks most beloved musicians, Glen Matlock.Throughout the night, Glen took us on an audio tour of his career, belting out songs from the rich kids, Glen Matlock and the Philistines, and what you will recognize him best for, the sex pistols.
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Fire For Glory - Single Review: Daughters
05 Dec 2017 // A review by voodoobloo
Two things have always stayed consistent (for me at least) when listening to Fire For Glory:1. The vocal work on every track never fails to impress me2.
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Undercut - EP Review: Take the Wheel
04 Dec 2017 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Undercut are a recently formed Auckland Rock outfit and have just released their debut four-track EP, Take the Wheel - an EP all about taking back control. Straight off the bat, it’s clear Undercut are seasoned musicians with their concise but sharp four tracks that are punchy and riff laden, with pinches of three genres, Rock, Indie and Metal.
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Harry Styles @ Spark Arena, Auckland - 2/12/2017
04 Dec 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
It must be interesting being Harry Styles. Thrown into the limelight to be the focal point for one of the highest selling pop acts ever.
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Gig Review: Marky Ramone @ The Studio, Auckland - 1/12/2017
02 Dec 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
Hey Ho Lets Go! The Studio on KRd was filling up nicely when I arrived and as expected the crowd is largely made up of males in their late forties/early fifties.
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Hunt The Witch - Gig Review: Hunt The Witch etc @ The Kings Arms, Auckland 11/11/17
01 Dec 2017 // A review by Andrew Smit
The Kings Arms was a buzz with a wealth of punters keen for a dose of loud heavy rock music, all keen for a good time but regrettably the imminent demise of this entertainment institution was a sad topic of conversation for many, "it's all because of the council's greed and neglect, they change zoning to suit their bottom lines, with no thought to societies true needs", and so we paid our respects to the last Auckland beer garden rock pub, she will be remembered well. Of course, live music will live on and tonight it was alive and well, kicking off impeccably with the energetic pounding rock supplied by West Auckland rock outfit AnimalHead, this threesome gel brilliantly to create a powerful rock grind that could also be described as a bluesy kind of punk.
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Album Review: Waiuku College Music Presents - Our Sound Volume 1
01 Dec 2017 // A review by Trevor Faville
This collection of songs from students at Waiuku College is an example of a new sensibility in music education, motivated by perceptions of industry realities and recognising the strengths and influences of the students themselves. At its best, this makes for an exciting situation where fresh musical energy and ideas grab hold of traditional knowledge benefiting both.
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Three Islands - Album Review: Sunshine for the Soul
01 Dec 2017 // A review by Peter-James Dries
While I admit I am usually somewhat resistant to exploring outside my chosen genre, though often reluctantly do so, I was surprised to find I had no issue getting into this album - once I finally convinced myself to start it. The Three Islands album Sunshine for the Soul are to Funk and Soul, what Jakob are to Rock.
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Cherry Blind - Single Review: House of Flies
29 Nov 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
Getting ahead in the music business is a competition. You need to give it your all and hope for a bit of luck to get ahead.
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Naught for Nothing - Single Review: Lucid
28 Nov 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
Talent really does shine. I never really thought about it until now but it does.
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The Electricka Zoo - Album Review: The Electricka Zoo
28 Nov 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
If you are on the hunt for a totally original, mind warping album that smacks you across the face with big sound, than this is it. No calming tranquil naval gazing going on here, this self-titled 8 track album may leave you wondering what the heck you are listening to.
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Nation - Single Review: Summer
25 Nov 2017 // A review by butch181
Nation's new track, Summer, instantly hits you with some high notes and some sultry lows on the vocals, reminiscent of Laughton Kora's style, led by some jazzy funky bass and a very Jamiroquai-esque hook in the chorus. With a very basic chorus lyrically (easy to remember which makes it likely to quickly become a crowdpleaser at live shows).
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Gig Review: Take That @ TSB Arena, Wellington - 21/11/2017
24 Nov 2017 // A review by Made2Fade
My first recollection of entering the TSB Arena for UK Pop band Take That, was how classy the place was that night. I'm used to going to beer-soaked, B.
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Coridian - Gig Review: Coridian @ The Wine Cellar, Auckland - 10/11/2017
23 Nov 2017 // A review by butch181
The underneath of St Kevins Arcade is the place to be if you are looking for up-and-coming, or alternative musical acts. Find your way around the maze of rooms and hallways, you have Whammy, the Back Room, or the Wine Cellar, all in close proximity, all pumping at the same time.
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Owlet Nightjar - Album Review: The Regenerative Principle
23 Nov 2017 // A review by Ria Loveder
Named after an extinct flightless bird in New Zealand, Owlet-Nightjars' are an amalgamation of unusual and attention-grabbing concepts. Their debut album, The Regenerative Principle is a mixture of sounds, featuring elements of soul, dub, blues, reggae, rock, pop and psychedelic.
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Robby Thorne - Single Review: The White Thorn Track
23 Nov 2017 // A review by butch181
Creating a hybrid of two distinct musical genres is a tightrope act; trying to simultaneously display and maintain the characteristics of both the Rock and Country genres in a way that feels organic to the audience. Robby Thorne strives to achieve this task by the addition of the amplified electric guitar to an otherwise country track.
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Miller Yule - Single Review: Diamonds
23 Nov 2017 // A review by butch181
Diamonds has a beautifully clean guitar riff that resonated immediately at my core. A fresh sound, but so incredibly familiar too.
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Cheshire Grimm - Video Review: Slave to the Grind
19 Nov 2017 // A review by butch181
A rather unorthodox request, having already reviewed the EP, but we were asked to review Cheshire Grimm's lyric video for their Slave to the Grind track from their EP Rain or Shine. The video was created by Jesse Wheeler from Cloudfall Media.
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Lorde - Gig Review: Lorde @ Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington - 11/11/2017
16 Nov 2017 // A review by Kerry Kingi
A 20 year old Auckland raised girl kicked off a concert named Melodrama at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington Central on Saturday the 11th of November. This girl is Ella - also known as Lorde - the popular artist that had turned famous overnight at 16 and had since created 2 successful albums and 1 EP.
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Killing Bear - Album Review: Mysterium Tremendum
16 Nov 2017 // A review by Ria Loveder
Killing Bear - The mystical tribe from Mars who have used psychic powers to poses the minds of four musicians, with their combination of drums, guitars, synths and vocals, this is a psychedelic pop rock band to get your teeth stuck into. I had never listened to any of Killing Bear’s music until now, and what I have heard I love.
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Thirty Years Late - Album Review: Fight On
14 Nov 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
In 1967 something happened. There was a shift in peoples mindsets and that resulted in a shift in the musical landscape.
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So Below - Single Review: Close
14 Nov 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
New Zealand's very own enigmatic songbird, Madeline North AKA So Below has released a new single called Close. An upbeat lively track accompanied by intense poetic lyrics which don’t match.
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Needless Cane - Album review: Sick World
13 Nov 2017 // A review by James Castady-Kristament
Needles Cane is a name that I’ve heard crop up quite a few times on posters and gig invitations on Facebook and amongst friends in the Auckland Goth scene. Although the most I knew about them before I listened to their album Sick World was that they were gothic rock.
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Valkyrie - EP Review: Vallkyrie
11 Nov 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
The Goddess Vallkyrie has spoken. She is looking for warriors, people who dare to be different, who want to alter perceptions and stereotypes.
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Written by Wolves - Gig Review: Written By Wolves @ Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland - 3/11/2017
11 Nov 2017 // A review by butch181
Heading into the Kings Arms Tavern and immediately you can tell there is something different. It doesn’t take long to see what everyone is looking at and discussing; more lighting, an extended stage with a “runway”, additional floor toms on the side-of-stage, and what appeared to be some gas cannons attached to some rather large CO2 bottles.
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Immi Paterson - Single review: Nightingale
10 Nov 2017 // A review by Andrew Smit
Here is a most surrendering and peaceful new single from James Summerfield featuring Kiwi Immi Paterson that can really help you escape. Furnished with delicate vocal harmonies from James and Immi that drift perfectly over the smooth and stylish orchestral music which plays serenely throughout the track.
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Gig Review: Pennywise @ The Studio, Auckland 07/11/2017
09 Nov 2017 // A review by butch181
Turning up to The Studio venue, and you can’t help but be impressed at how well things had been put together to this point. Bringing an international band to NZ, and selling out a venue with a capacity of somewhere around 1000-1200, on a Tuesday night, with the gig announcement only two weeks before the show was penned down to happen.
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Radio Coma - Single Review: Too Young To Die
06 Nov 2017 // A review by Tony McDonald
Head banging on the front row, covered in beer, sweat and waves of pushing & shoving. Too Young To Die instantly transports you to a live venue.
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Gig Review: Roni Size @ The Studio, Auckland - 27/10/2017
05 Nov 2017 // A review by Kerry Kingi
V Energy and Audiology brings DnB legend and pioneer Roni Size touring his New Forms Anniversary Live show at The Studio in Auckland. I had arrived early at the entrance I could already hear some drum and bass playing walking down to the stage I realised how long its been since I was last at The Studio, suddenly the memories flow in from previous events of Shift to BSE, the venue had character and a lot of history.
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Alice Cooper @ TSB Bank Arena, Wellington - 28/10/2017
05 Nov 2017 // A review by terry666
Alice Cooper, Ace Frehley and Strangers. Wellington, 28 October 2017 Aussie rockers Strangers opened the show to a crowd that had probably never even heard of them but the got the crowd going and I suspect won over a whole new set of fans.
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TOI - Single Review: Kiss the Sky
04 Nov 2017 // A review by LoraThompson
Wellington dub-rockers Tunes of I just never stop. After a crazy couple of years touring their debut album Restless, they're back with the first single off what will be their third release, and EP called Wicked Ways – due for release on the 17th November.
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Apollo SteamTrain - Gig Review: Apollo SteamTrain @ RockFest 2017, Totara Street, Mt Maunganui - 28/10/2017
04 Nov 2017 // A review by butch181
RockFest 2017 was held at Totara Street in Tauranga on 28 October 2017in support of the local Cancer Society, with all profits being donated. RockFest 2017 Feature  The drive from Auckland had been long, but the constant rain had led to a reduction in traffic, which made the drive to Tauranga very pleasant.
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Remote - Gig Review: Remote @ RockFest 2017, Totara Street, Mt Maunganui - 28/10/2017
04 Nov 2017 // A review by butch181
RockFest 2017 was held at Totara Street in Tauranga on 28 October 2017in support of the local Cancer Society, with all profits being donated. RockFest 2017 Feature  The drive from Auckland had been long, but the constant rain had led to a reduction in traffic, which made the drive to Tauranga very pleasant.
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Coridian - Gig Review: Coridian @ RockFest 2017, Totara Street, Mt Maunganui - 28/10/2017
04 Nov 2017 // A review by butch181
RockFest 2017 was held at Totara Street in Tauranga on 28 October 2017in support of the local Cancer Society, with all profits being donated. RockFest 2017 Feature  The drive from Auckland had been long, but the constant rain had led to a reduction in traffic, which made the drive to Tauranga very pleasant.
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The Eternal Sea - Gig Review: The Eternal Sea @ RockFest 2017, Totara Street, Mt Maunganui - 28/10/2017
04 Nov 2017 // A review by butch181
RockFest 2017 was held at Totara Street in Tauranga on 28 October 2017in support of the local Cancer Society, with all profits being donated. RockFest 2017 Feature  The drive from Auckland had been long, but the constant rain had led to a reduction in traffic, which made the drive to Tauranga very pleasant.
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Play Big - Gig Review: Play Big @ RockFest 2017, Totara Street, Mt Maunganui - 28/10/2017
04 Nov 2017 // A review by butch181
RockFest 2017 was held at Totara Street in Tauranga on 28 October 2017in support of the local Cancer Society, with all profits being donated. RockFest 2017 Feature  The drive from Auckland had been long, but the constant rain had led to a reduction in traffic, which made the drive to Tauranga very pleasant.
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Deathnir - Gig Review: Deathnir @ RockFest 2017, Totara Street, Mt Maunganui - 28/10/2017
04 Nov 2017 // A review by butch181
RockFest 2017 was held at Totara Street in Tauranga on 28 October 2017in support of the local Cancer Society, with all profits being donated.RockFest 2017 Feature The drive from Auckland had been long, but the constant rain had led to a reduction in traffic, which made the drive to Tauranga very pleasant.
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Ardijah - Gig Review: Ardijah @ The Oxford Hotel, Levin - 22/10/2017
03 Nov 2017 // A review by Reef Reid
Ardijah are an iconic New Zealand band from Auckland who in the 1980's were popular in the club/pub scene. Their debut single Give Me Your Numba was released in 1986 and since then a string of hits followed.
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Yumi Zouma - Album Review: Willowbank
02 Nov 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
I have crossed the path of Yumi Zouma once before when I reviewed their first track on this album which was released as a single back in August. Willowbank is the sophomore album to Yoncalla, their debut originals LP.
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Paua - Single Review: Play By Your Rules
01 Nov 2017 // A review by Andrew Smit
Paua’s latest single Play By Your Rules is so smooth and catchy, driven along with the hipest reggae beat that warms your heart and gets you bopping along instantly. Loaded with the most soulful and harmonious choral singing you could imagine, it's upbeat and fun with a very island come summer reggae feel.
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The Hopkinsville Goblins - Album Review: The Hopkinsville Goblins
01 Nov 2017 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
The Hopkinsville Goblins are Back! The Wellingtonian's self-titled album is their second intergalactic collaboration of quirky sound effects, samples and lyrical connotations with continued exploration of everything out of the ordinary with that familiar shambolic confusion that is entirely their own.
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Gig Review: The Dillinger Escape Plan @ Kings Arms, Auckland - 25/10/2017
28 Oct 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
There is a real air of anticipation around this gig. The last time The Dillinger Escape Plan played the Kings Arms back in 2015 still has people sharing stories of what it was like to be there and tonight is the last time New Zealand gets to see one of the most innovative and progressive bands of the last 20 years.
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Radius Kink - Album Review: Peculiar Confessions
27 Oct 2017 // A review by butch181
Radius Kink's new album Peculiar Confessions is an interesting release; full of nostalgic set pieces that feel like they have no purpose beyond proving that they can exist. Tracks like Maybe I’ll Change My Name have clear influences from groups like Pink Floyd, who are synonymous with experimental alternative music, and the entire album feels a bit like that; a conceptual album, mixing styles and methods to create something completely, without a purpose or direction.
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Great North - Album Review: The Golden Age
27 Oct 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
You know you have stumbled onto a good thing, when you come across a band who reckons that their songs were delivered to them by drunken angels and the music video involves blowing loads of beautifully crafted cakes from the Australian Women’s Weekly Cake Book to smithereens.  “Nearly every 90's child in New Zealand would have had a cake from that cookbook or been at a party where one was served.
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Devilskin - Gig Review: Devilskin @ San Fran, Wellington - 13/10/2017
27 Oct 2017 // A review by LilMizCharlie
Devilskin are being seen all over the world in ways that we as New Zealanders should be extremely proud of. You only have to attend one of their shows to see that for yourself.
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Silence The City - Album Review: Resilience
26 Oct 2017 // A review by butch181
In the New Zealand mainstream rock scene, releasing a full-length album is an achievement in itself. The digital age of the music industry and the geographical limitations of the country tends to push most young acts towards either the constant stream of single releases or shorter EPs in order to maintain their relevance in the music scene.
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Devilskin - Gig Review: Devilskin @ Powerstation, Auckland - 21/10/2017
24 Oct 2017 // A review by butch181
The Powerstation was filling up nicely and was looking likely to get pretty close to, if not sold out show. An interesting layout on stage; it looked as though the gear for the later acts was already set up, giving the opening band, His Masters Voice only a few metres along the front of the stage to work with.
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Modern Maori Quartet - Gig Review: Modern Maori Quartet @ Powerstation, Auckland - 14/10/2017
23 Oct 2017 // A review by butch181
The weather was timid as I wandered towards the Powerstation. For the first time since I’d ever been to the venue, the doors opened well before 8 pm allowing the crowd to casually enter without the need to queue.
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Sneaky Feelings - Album Review: Progress Junction
22 Oct 2017 // A review by Peter-James Dries
I was sure I’d been sent the wrong album. Pieces of ephemeral memorabilia bookending nostalgic rock didn’t suit my usual shtick.
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Manon Peak - Album Review: Focused
22 Oct 2017 // A review by Made2Fade
Manon Peak, pronounced 'Main-on Peak’ is a musical project formed by Ben Ruegg. The concept of Manon Peak is collaboration.
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Gig Review: The DMA's @ Tuning Fork, Auckland - 20/10/2017
21 Oct 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
This is my first time at Tuning fork and the smallish room is filling up nicely as we arrive early to catch local band Yukon Era before Aussie headliners The DMA's.I had heard good things about Yukon Era but wasn't sure what to expect.
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Parabola West - EP Review: Purity Of Weakness
20 Oct 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
If ever there were a musical artist whose name sparked curiosity, than Parabola West (real name Amy) is it. Sounds somewhat like a complicated scientific description of something or a character from Westside, fortunately it is the former.
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Hybrid Rose - EP Review: Cherry
19 Oct 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
I have always struggled with instrumental music, be it electronica or the rock soundscapes generated by Mogwai. I can listen and enjoy certain tracks but over an album, I tend to miss the dynamic of a vocal.
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Julia Deans - Single Review: Walking in the Sun
18 Oct 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
Julia Deans is one of those iconic Kiwi artists who just seems to effortlessly create a beautiful noise. This new release, her first as a solo artist since 2010 is taken from her forthcoming album We Light Fire.
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HeadRoller - Album Review: Headroller
18 Oct 2017 // A review by voodoobloo
"Stay with us now as we cross live to some poor bastard we sent straight to the depths of hell to bring you the exclusive footage you need, Jeff tell me, how much blood is there?"Now, I might have heard that quote wrong (even after multiple run-throughs of the song, Visions), but if I could fit the feeling of this whole album into a few short, simple words, it would definitely be this little skit from the beginning of the 7th track, Visions.
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The Gemini Effect - Album Review: Atomic Blues
16 Oct 2017 // A review by LilMizCharlie
That moment when Tom Petty passes yet something else seems to emerge.It’s was one those days.
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The Whiskey Show - Single Review: Vengeance
12 Oct 2017 // A review by Tony McDonald
This is a classic old school rock song with a modern 'Black Keys' style drum and bass feel thrown in. Dene's vocals are great for this genre, and Scott's guitaring is stunningly good.
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Merrin - Album Review: 1
12 Oct 2017 // A review by LoraThompson
From first listen, Merrin's 1 has evolved in leaps and bounds from their earlier singles Sin and Mr Dominant the band are now bringing a much heavier and refined hard rock feel than their previous work. The Album begins with the newest single Durty Little Secret and quickly and easily segways into the heavier, riffier Burn it Up.
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Beachware - EP Review: Twin Coast Disc Drive
11 Oct 2017 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Beachware are from Auckland and full of fun with their electric surf pop. Their bubble gum sound is typically Kiwi and has that real beach vibe blended with 80’s synth overtones.
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I Am Giant - Gig Review: I Am Giant @ Islington O2 Academy, London - 26/09/17
11 Oct 2017 // A review by jdiddynz
A surprisingly balmy late September evening in London saw I Am Giant’s first return to the UK for close on a year as part of their Playing with Fire European tour. Hosted at the Islington O2 Academy, the evening was a three band affair featuring Telford’s Grim Fiction, London’s New Volume, and NZ’s own I Am Giant.
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Gig Review: Synthony @ Auckland Town Hall, Auckland - 30/09/2017
10 Oct 2017 // A review by butch181
The Auckland Town Hall was bustling with patrons eager to enter the site for this sold out event. 2,500 people lined up down Queen Street, and it no doubt became a logistical nightmare for the staff attempting to get everybody’s tickets checked, bags checked, and armbands attached, with doors opening a mere 30 minutes before the show was set to begin.
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Kimbra - Single Review: Everybody Knows
10 Oct 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
When I hear Kimbra, I still hear Somebody That I Used To Know, a song which Gotye made a killing on in 2012 and shot our lovely kiwi Kimbra from Hamilton into the musical stratosphere. I still hear it because I played it over and over again until I drove myself mad or my cats bonkers, one of the two.
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Killing Bear - Single Review: Milk and Cookies
08 Oct 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
For me, Wellington will always have a higher ratio of interesting bands compared to Auckland, despite Auckland having one million more people wandering around (well sat in cars, looking at phones). Wellington band Killing Bear are proof of that.
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Play Big - Single Review: Imbecile
08 Oct 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
Play Big are ANGRY. There's nothing wrong with that, in fact, we need more angry people in the world right now.
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Merrin - Gig Review: Merrin @ Valhalla, Wellington - 23/09/2017
07 Oct 2017 // A review by Reef Reid
Merrin recently released their new album 1 and on Saturday 23rd September I headed along to the album release party at Valhalla in Wellington to review and photograph the show. The two support acts for the night were Darkness Within and Strikemaster.
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Fallstate - Single Review: Epilogue
03 Oct 2017 // A review by rebelsoundradio
Let’s address the elephant in the room straight away. It’s proclaimed on a daily basis that New Zealand has no new “decent” rock music.
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Happy Hearse - Album Review: Mastering the Shakes
03 Oct 2017 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
It happens, but not as often as I’d like, that I’ll come across a hidden gem that manages to blow my mind, musically and lyrically and leaves me feeling completely satisfied with undulated happiness and excitement.   Mastering the Shakes is the 2009 debut from the self- proclaimed grunge phenomenon band, Happy Hearse.
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Coridian - EP Review: Caldera
02 Oct 2017 // A review by butch181
Caldera is a short and sweet six-track release adding up to a 21 minute total runtime. Nonetheless sets the pace, with a fast guitar riff and some booming drums.
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Modern Maori Quartet - Album Review: That's Us
01 Oct 2017 // A review by butch181
The Modern Māori Quartet’s album That’s Us is an upbeat and wholesome compilation of fun tracks. They put it perfectly themselves, referring to themselves at the start of Who We Are as the Māori equivalent of Michael Bublé, a name synonymous with an incredibly smooth voice, and a charm and modesty that makes his music something that nobody can hate.
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Coridian - Gig Review: Metaract, Checaine & Coridian @ Ding Dong, Auckland - 22/09/2017
29 Sep 2017 // A review by butch181
Ding Dong Lounge always has a great atmosphere and a well-lit bar area where you can actually see people, which makes chatting and socialising that much easier. It’s one of the places that I always enjoy going to, as everyone is in a great mood and chatty.
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His Masters Voice - EP Review: Woman
29 Sep 2017 // A review by Sass_Metal
This EP is for all the beautiful souls that dance up the front of a His Masters Voice performance, it is for the people that close their eyes and feel the music, for those that loose themselves in the music, the souls that get Goosebumps and go on journeys in their minds when the music hits that perfect note.  This is a very clever recording with three songs the band already perform live but the crowning glory in this EP is their new song Woman, although that is a VERY hard call to make as the other three songs all invoke the memories in me of the different times I’ve seen His Masters Voice, in Wellington when I accompanied them down on the mammoth road trip down and back in two days, or Hamilton last year when Az blew my mind with some American Music opportunities, New Plymouth at Brutalitee’s Birthday Bash and of course all the times I’ve seen them in Auckland.
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Dead Favours - Gig Review: RockEnrol @ Whammy Bar, Auckland 21/09/2017
29 Sep 2017 // A review by butch181
It was a reasonably calm evening as I wandered down Karangahape Road towards St Kevin’s Arcade and the Whammy Bar. The streets were not as busy as they usually would be, but it could mostly be chalked up to the ever-changing weather that kept threatening us with intense rainfall without a moment’s notice.
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The Black Seeds - Album Review: Fabric
26 Sep 2017 // A review by LoraThompson
Fabric (Released September 2017) is the 6th Full-length studio offering from Wellington-based band The Black Seeds – and the 12 track album certainly does not disappoint. The band have been around since 1998, with their Global Breakthrough album generally considered to be their 2006 release Enter the Dojo.
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Tidal Rave - EP Review: Tidal Rave
26 Sep 2017 // A review by Peter-James Dries
There’s this book. A novel.
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Dave Dobbyn - Single Review: Nau Mai Ra (Welcome Home)
26 Sep 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
When the opportunity to review this single came up I almost passed it by. This wasn't about discovering a new song (or so I thought).
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Knightshade - Single Review: U Say
25 Sep 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Knightshade the iconic rock / hard rock kiwi band that formed in Te Puke back in the early 1980’s, is making a comeback with their new single U Say which is due for release 29/09/17. This is the first of four delicious new songs.
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The Steffan van Soest Smoke Machine - Album Review: Hot Boxin'
19 Sep 2017 // A review by Andrew Smit
Kicking off with the mesmeric HOT!, a track that has hints of Bowie with a bit of Lou Reed, an expressive ditty that is decorated with great vocal harmonies and a very catchy melody.
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Biobird - EP Review: Tribes
19 Sep 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Tribes is the debut EP from Biobird, it is inspired by all things bass. If my investigative skills are on form, Biobird is Caleb Bird, based in the Waikato and handy on the mixing desk.
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The Rock 1500 Countdown Party @ Powerstation, Auckland - 15/09/2017
18 Sep 2017 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
One of the biggest nights for Rock fans recently came to an end, and while many celebrated with a well-deserved day off work to start their own festivities early, many more were fortunate to attend the place to be; The Rock’s first ever 1500 countdown party at Powerstation, Mount Eden. The beloved venue, no stranger to a Rock gig or two, was ready and waiting.
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Knightshade - Single Review: 'U Say'
17 Sep 2017 // A review by Shade
When we think of Kiwi Hard Rock bands that have shaped our musical landscape over the past 3 decades, survived devastating real life storms, re-united us with graphic memories of the same shaky ground we’ve all stood on before, and been there since the dawn of 1980’s Kiwi Hard Rock… one name does not escape. Knightshade.
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Static Era - Gig Review: Static Era @ Ding Dong Lounge, Auckland - 9/09/2017
16 Sep 2017 // A review by Sass_Metal
I had been looking forward to this show for a good month, if not longer. It was a FREEZING cold night outside with wind and rain and when I first got to the show I wondered if it was going to keep people away but by the time Animalhead took to the stage the venue was filling up nicely and temperatures were rising as everyone jammed in and started rocking out.
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Manzo - Album Review: Outsider
12 Sep 2017 // A review by butch181
With minimal introduction, the new Manzo album begins with St Helens Overture; a lovely, calm, delicate piano piece. A rather impressive beginning, with a gentle crescendo, showing great use of refrain leading into the rest of the album.
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The Dirty Sweets - Single/Video Review: Kick Down The Door
12 Sep 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Bogan dream band, The Dirty Sweets have released a brand new single Kick Down The Door, which is accompanied by a video featuring 1970’s NZ skateboarding footage from the documentary No More Heroes “A tribute to nostalgia, the '70s & "the asphalt desperadoes of Aotearoa who took skateboarding from a fun pursuit into a full-blown national phenomenon. Uses rare photos, a punk rock/NZ soundtrack.
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Gig Review: Pukekohe High School Compilation Release Gig @ Pukekohe High School - 06/09/2017
11 Sep 2017 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Little Leviathan are three talented teenagers from Pukekohe High school who are on the road to great things with their brand of foot stomping Heavy Rock. The band is just one of the many talents to come out of Pukekohe High, and part of the school’s music project Mondays Rock, a programme aimed at encouraging and supporting budding musicians and artists in the school.
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Killing Bear - Single Review: Lost In Otaki
08 Sep 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
My friends from Pukerua Bay have once again lured me with their psychedelic, futuristic music from the past... from another planet, and seduced me into reviewing the latest cool single with the promise of mind-bending, partytastic sounds.
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Bespin - Single Review: East of Her
07 Sep 2017 // A review by Kerry Kingi
Auckland three-piece and Critics Choice prize winners Bespin return with a new track - East of Her.The song intro starts with a synthesised sound and a bass with an Interesting effect drawing you in.
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Daniel McClelland - Album Review: Anxious Heart
07 Sep 2017 // A review by butch181
Straight off the bat, we have that gated reverb sound on the drum track; that punchy percussive character that has been synonymous with that of the pop and rock music of the 1980's, and has recently started reintegrating itself into pop music again. In this case, you get that nostalgia hit due to the reminiscence with Kenny Loggin's 1984 hit, Footloose.
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Fire For Glory - Gig Review: Hawthorne Heights with Fire For Glory @ Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland - 05/09/2017
07 Sep 2017 // A review by butch181
"Listen, Morty, I hate to break it to you, but what people call "love" is just a chemical reaction that compels animals to breed."The quote from the hit American adult animated sci-fi sitcom drew attention, as an early start to the evening had opening act Fire For Glory up on stage well before 8pm.
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New Age Leper - EP Review: The Day The Stranger Came
07 Sep 2017 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
New Age Leper hail from Wellington and are something of a commodity with their eclectic sound of Rock with enough softness, that even small children would enjoy. Expecting the unexpected would sum it up the best.
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Imagine This - Single/Video Review: Like A Game Feat. King Kapisi
06 Sep 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Imagine This has once again demonstrated why he is blazing a highly productive music trail by teaming up with one of New Zealand’s top Hip-Hop recording artists King Kapisi, to;make his latest single Like A Game. The prolific collaborator hailing from Auckland with a busy International touring presence has proved again that his highly creative and productive work ethic is paying off.
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Gig Review: The Others Way Festival 2017 @ K.Rd, Auckland - 01/09/2017
06 Sep 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
If you live in Auckland you can "pay 1.5 for a shitty house on a shitty street" and you can also go to one of the coolest festivals to appear in recent years.
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Kimbra - Gig Review: Kimbra @ Town Hall, Auckland - 31/08/2017
05 Sep 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
I have been struggling to write this review. Much like I have been struggling to put my thoughts together around this gig by one of NZ's most successful and respected artists.
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Reb Fountain - Album Review: Little Arrows
05 Sep 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
My hope is that I can do this album justice and give it the respect it deserves. This has been an emotional journey for Reb Fountain.
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Dreams Are Like Water - EP Review: A Sea-Spell
04 Sep 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
Growing up in the UK in the eighties I was massively influenced by bands like The Mission, Fields of the Nephilim, Sisters of Mercy and The Cure. I loved the atmospherics, the darkness and also the energy of bands like The Mission.
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Mishap - Gig Review: Mishap @ Thistle Hall, Wellington - 2/09/2017
04 Sep 2017 // A review by Tony McDonald
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Starving Millions - EP Review: V
02 Sep 2017 // A review by Matt Mutinous
Good punk in this country has always been few and far between. Ducking in and out of the spotlight, the well-known acts of the New Zealand scene have been the ones that have powered on.
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Sea Mouse - Album Review: Sea Mouse
01 Sep 2017 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Sea Mouse is the solo project of Wellington Singer/Songwriter, Seamus Johnson. A musician who is no stranger to Wellington’s live music scene with an impressive ten-year track record performing as an artist and with other bands.
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The Brian Hatcher Band - Album Review: Trouble & Worry
01 Sep 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Brian Hatcher, Craig Hatcher and Jarrod Hooper make up The Brian Hatcher Band, a three piece from New Plymouth with a rock and blues soul. After an extensive time in the New Zealand music scene, guitarist Brian Hatcher has completed Trouble & Worry, his long awaited first album.
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Set on End - Gig Review: Northlane with Set On End @ Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland - 26/08/2017
01 Sep 2017 // A review by butch181
I arrived at the Kings Arms Tavern forty minutes before doors opened in order to avoid traffic, and was surprised to find the carpark already full of cars, and patrons waiting to gain entry to the venue. By the time the doors opened, the crowd that had amassed looked large enough to fill the venue to capacity.
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Cairo Knife Fight - Single Review: A-Eight
29 Aug 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
Wow, seriously just wow! Cairo Knife Fight have done it again and released a piece of art that hits the soul, mind and makes your heart beat a little faster.
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Ammp - EP Review: This Chaotic Symphony
29 Aug 2017 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Hailing from Wellington, Ammp is a four-piece, pop-rock, indie outfit full of melody, warmth and eagerly awaiting your listening ears. If you’re familiar with the band’s debut album, From The Back Of The Sun, you’ll recognise the same clear, harmonious vocals from Andrew Masseurs and the effortless musicianship from the rest of the band, Matthew Powell (guitars) Jason Murphy (bass) and Andrew Richardson (drums).
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Openside - Single Review: I Feel Nothing
28 Aug 2017 // A review by Tony McDonald
Thumping bass and drums overlaid with great effects and keyboards make this 80’s retro PowerPop single really stand out. I Feel Nothing is a very catchy tune and it's certain to be a hit especially in the lead up to summer.
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Arrays - EP Review: Motives
25 Aug 2017 // A review by rebelsoundradio
Well, the old adage goes “if you want something done right, do it yourself”. It’s a shame that no one expanded on this and added: “It’s at least ten times better when you do it with heavy riffs”.
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City of Souls - Gig Review: Stone Sour with City of Souls @ Spark Arena, Auckland - 23/08/2017
24 Aug 2017 // A review by butch181
Looking around the venue and it is apparent that the stage has been brought forward. So Spark Arena (formerly known as Vector Arena) has a much smaller capacity compared to when Corey Taylor last performed with his other project, Slipknot.
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Yumi Zouma - Single Review: Depths (Pt. 1)
23 Aug 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Yumi Zouma are a four piece synth-pop powerhouse from Christchurch. The music they produce is electronica mixed with pop.
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Gig Review: Auckland City Rockfest @ The Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland 19/08/2017
22 Aug 2017 // A review by butch181
10 bands, 1 night. As far as swansongs for the Kings Arms Tavern go, the Auckland City Rockfest is definitely doing it justice.
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Bill Direen and The Bilders - Album Review: Chrysanthemum Storm
22 Aug 2017 // A review by Peter-James Dries
I wasn’t old enough to lament the discontinuation of the vinyl, so I’m not invested enough in the medium to be a part of the resurgence. But I’m not so blind as to know it isn’t happening on the peripheries of my attention span.
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Animal Party - Gig Review: Slaves with Animal Party @ Kings Arms, Auckland - 17/08/2017
18 Aug 2017 // A review by butch181
The night opened with Auckland Alt-Rock act Animal Party. With a sound that could be described as a grungy take on punk rock, they powered through their vocal-centric set.
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Dead Favours - Single Review: High Flying
18 Aug 2017 // A review by butch181
They came out of nowhere with their breakthrough single, Dig. Accompanied by a great fun music video, it took the local music scene by storm, and has shown little sign of slowing down in popularity.
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Fallstate - Single Review: Live Forever or Die Trying
16 Aug 2017 // A review by Andrew Smit
A full-on rush of guitars and drums that kick you in the face will stir and arouse you to attention. This new track by Kiwi pop punk rockers Fallstate is a momentous cacophony of harmonics and noise that gloriously spills its guts out without pretentiousness, in fact you could say it’s a track that certainly lives by its name.
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Hangar 18 - Hangar 18 @ Kings Arms, Auckland - 11/08/2017
14 Aug 2017 // A review by butch181
With a list of 5+ bands playing on the bill, it was going to be a marathon session for a Kings Arms Tavern Friday night.First band up was Auckland Rock Funk band, Mudshark.
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Sons Of Zion - EP Release: The Jukebox Suite
14 Aug 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
If you want to be transported away to hot summer days and music festivals, then go no further than Sons Of Zion brand new EP titled The Jukebox Suite, four songs including a new single featuring Aaradhna called Is That Enough. This band is the epitome of smooth balmy summertime sounds.
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Primacy - Gig Review: Primacy, Remote & Pull Down the Sun @ Kings Arms, Auckland - 12/08/2017
14 Aug 2017 // A review by Sass_Metal
Last night's show was one of those really awesome ones where there are all those people you haven’t seen in what feels like a hundred years and it was definitely a night that could have gone on for a few more hours! The bands all added to that excitement though and I’m pretty sure when I see any of these bands again I will be reminded of this night and the people, music, laughter and memories.
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Aaron Carpenter and The Revelators - Album Review: Pretty Lies
13 Aug 2017 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Bluesy, gritty and honest with plenty of swag best describes Aaron Carpenter and The Revelators’ debut album, Pretty Lies. The quintet hail from Waiheke Island, also known as "wine island", only a ferry ride away from the bright lights of Auckland.
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Mermaidens - Album Review: Perfect Body
10 Aug 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
It was never going to be possible for a band called Mermaidens to slip under my radar. I spotted these three with their fanciful, quirky but supper cool band name one day as I was scrolling through Facebook as you do.
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Groove Lagoon - EP Review: Extended Play
09 Aug 2017 // A review by butch181
First out of the gates is the opening track, Shiver, which has a similar drum and bass style to that of Villainy's 2012 track Money Mouth. With clean vocals from vocalist Joel Sunde, and an infectious funky beat, that has a mix of early Jamiroquai and Incubus vibes.
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Radio Therapy - EP Review: Ruby
08 Aug 2017 // A review by Kerry Kingi
This EP starts off with a guitar intro and left speaker panning making for some very interesting sound engineering on Light in Darkness, the riff starts off and then the full band starts playing. My first impression is that it reminds me of Pennywise but different with a high energy rock punk feel.
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SWIDT - Album Review: Stoneyhunga
06 Aug 2017 // A review by James Castady-Kristament
SWIDT, which stands for "See what I did there?", broke onto the music scene with their independently produced single & video No More Parties In Onehunga in early 2016.
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Grayson Gilmour - Album Review: Otherness
06 Aug 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
I knew this album would be something memorable from the moment I saw that it was to be released on a very limited special edition LP on milky-clear vinyl, to me a vinyl collector from way back those words sounded alluring and intriguing. This was just the beginning of what was to become a musical experience which was captivating from start to finish.
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Gig Review: Angelcorpse @ Whammy Bar, Auckland - 26/07/2017
06 Aug 2017 // A review by Matt Mutinous
Mid week gigs are always the hardest choice for most music fans, but it's not often at all that a band like this comes to town. Angelcorpse had been a big part of the Tampa death metal scene in the late 90's, so I decided to take my good friend and fellow musician, Nik Davies along, to try and catch a glimpse of the good old days of American death metal.
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Broken Season - Single/Video Review: Amandla (Lyric Video)
06 Aug 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
Music can be anything you want it to be. It can be throw away, whimsical, abrasive, calming and you can choose music to suit your mood or change your mood because music connects on an emotional level.
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The Latest Fallout - Single Review: Love On The Ceiling
04 Aug 2017 // A review by butch181
The Latest Fallout are a Hamilton act that fall along the Alt-Rock/Alt-Pop veins, with a style of music that focuses on the happier, more positive-emotion topics when it comes to their lyrical content. You could quite easily compare their style to the likes of Paramore, AFI, or Fall Out Boy, though their style has moved slightly away from the guitar focus, towards atmospheric keys and synth more recently.
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Mishap - Single Review: Hey, Allie!
04 Aug 2017 // A review by butch181
Mishap's latest release Hey, Allie! is the best definition of pop punk; minimal lyrics, with a lot of repetition, with a simple chord progression and standard timing.
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Mitch Alderlieste - Single Review: New Fire
04 Aug 2017 // A review by butch181
Mitch Alderlieste's latest release, New Fire, is a musical mix of rock genres. With an opening verse that is reminiscent of the soundtrack to the 90's and 00's teen coming-of-age movies, the chorus takes on more of a bluesy rock vibe, which goes well with Alderlieste's deep and husky vocals.
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Ciaran McMeeken - Album Review: Ciaran McMeeken
04 Aug 2017 // A review by Ria Loveder
What I love about Ciaran McMeeken’s self-titled album, is how diverse the music is. An album that has been created to encompass his experiences as an artist so far in his career, every track is unique, making this album versatile and attractive to a variety of music tastes.
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Grawlixes - Album Review: Set Free
03 Aug 2017 // A review by Peter-James Dries
I put things in boxes. We all do, deny it though you will; it is an artifact of the human’s quest for knowledge.
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Reb Fountain - EP Review: Hopeful & Hopeless
02 Aug 2017 // A review by Ria Loveder
This beautiful little collection of songs was recorded in my favourite live music venue, The Wine Cellar. I remember many fond times, snuggled into one of their many couches, feet up, mulled wine in hand listening to talented people performing in the intimate space.
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Valen - Single Review: C’mon Over
02 Aug 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
If RnB with a touch of Soul is your thing, then the smooth sound from Auckland musical artist Valen will be something to look forward in the future when she releases her first EP. But for now we get a taste of what is to come, with her first single C’mon Over.
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Tribal State - Gig Review: Tribal State @ Kings Arms, Auckland - 28/07/2017
29 Jul 2017 // A review by Sass_Metal
It was a cold, wet night, my nose was running and I couldn’t stop sneezing and coughing. I wasn’t feeling up to going out on such a miserable night but I’m more than happy that I did.
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Bloodnut - Album Review: St. Ranga
27 Jul 2017 // A review by Sass_Metal
I’ve heard a lot of albums in my time but there’s not many that draws you in from the first note and despite it’s unusual name Space Orangutan it is one of the best opening tracks for an album I’ve heard in a very long time. The levels in this mix capture the live, raw sound of Bloodnut perfectly which is also very rare in NZ Metal recordings (the amount of times I’ve had my music on shuffle and had to turn it up for NZ Metal bands then to have my speakers almost explode when an International band comes on drives me crazy every time!
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Will Saunders - Album Review: Hopeful Objects
27 Jul 2017 // A review by Peter-James Dries
Straight to VHS: a pejorative term to the normals, but a sign of a cult classic for circles too cool for you to be in. I see the negatives of the term.
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Paul McLaney - Album Review: Play On
26 Jul 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Where do I begin to review a musical imagining of Shakespeare’s most well-known soliloquies? Paul McLaney has taken 400 year old lyrics and created music around them, eleven undeniably theatrical tracks setting some of Shakespeare’s most famous words to music for the first time.
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Decades - Album Review: The Truth And Other People
26 Jul 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
This is a story “about what happens when a girl rips her world apart then puts it all back together”.  Looking down at the notebook in front of me one word stands out in bright red pen, and that word is brave.
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Gig Review: Wallace @ Meow, Wellington - 11/06/17
24 Jul 2017 // A review by Shade
With a much deprived passion for a live music experience and pushed on by a resemblance of the gigs poster to a singer of the same genre I was at Meow on Sunday night for Wallace. Unaware of the company I'd share the night with, equally anticipating hip hop heads or those on the jazz fest circuit  (it was mainly the latter), contemplating my week if I had not gone along is an existence I know I would have been poorer for.
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Gig Review: Tony Daunt And The Dauntless @ The Incubator Jam Factory, Tauranga - 22/07/2017
23 Jul 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
It was a mid winters evening in Tauranga and the scene was set down at Incubator for what promised to be a wonderful evening of music. The rain had cleared and the place had a European cafe vibe about it, with a courtyard outside which had atmosphere for miles and highlighted this intimate venues creative heart.
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Selon Recliner - EP Review: Stories of Later
20 Jul 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Selon Recliner are a collective of seven musicians based in Auckland, which have been described as “artists and dreamers who have come together to create languid dark-pop”. The group’s latest collaborative wonderland of musical masterpieces are six tracks merging their different styles to create such a beautiful album, that the first track brought tears to my eyes.
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Eli Moore - Album Review: Ship Life
18 Jul 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Eli Moore's CD Ship Life was the perfect accompaniment to our mid winter travels down to the snowy mountains, although not quite the same, listening to his music was like taking a journey to exotic lands, I actually felt like I was sitting in a piano bar on a cruise ship. This journey also took me back in time sparking memories of some great musicians who were kicking around in the 1970's, Jackson Browne and Steely Dan immediately sprang to mind.
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Decades - Gig Review: Decades with Bakers Eddy, Dead Favours & Skinny Hobos @ Galatos, Auckland - 15/07/2017
17 Jul 2017 // A review by Sass_Metal
This was a well anticipated show for many of the punters there, talking to them between bands around the venue and outside. Despite being moved into the smaller basement room below Galatos instead of being in the ballroom it was the perfect size and created the right atmosphere for the bands and audience to be closer together and almost as one.
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Gig Review: Queens Of The Stone Age @ Logan Campbell, Auckland - 13/07/17
15 Jul 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
It's somewhere back in the late Nineties and I am in Rock City, Nottingham UK. There is a band on in the small bar downstairs I hadn't heard of them but they had a cool name and the singer just had something going on.
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Empire To Ashes - Single Review: My Own Phantom Limb
14 Jul 2017 // A review by Kerry Kingi
This song starts off with a scratchy eerie sound with a soothing modulated synthesized sound that gradually gets louder. The intro of the video reminds of Japanese horror movie 'The Ring' The visualisations change into random high quality images.
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Rei - Album Review: A Place To Stand
11 Jul 2017 // A review by James Castady-Kristament
A Place To Stand is the sophomore album by New Zealand's very own urban artist Rei. A Place To Stand is an intricate album both in concept and production.
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The AJ Crawshaw Band - EP Review: In Light And Shadow
11 Jul 2017 // A review by Andrew Smit
There is no doubt that this EP is a result of pure commitment to the craft of creating true music, such is the impact of the music, with tunes that are alive and full of earthy tones that simply delight your senses. The bright and real sound of acoustic guitars gratify each track and provide a beautiful sustenance for singer songwriter AJ Crawshaw’s smooth and expressive singing voice, just think James Blunt meets Ed Sheeran, but with even more feeling!
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Alien Weaponry - Gig Review: Alien Weaponry @ Totara St, Mount Maunganui - 8/07/2017
09 Jul 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
I will begin by saying it was great to get the chance to work along side another member of the muzic.net.
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State Of Mind - Gig Review: State of Mind with MC Rolex @ Static, Hamilton - 30/06/17
09 Jul 2017 // A review by Kerry Kingi
The Drum & Bass Massive presents: State of Mind with MC Rolex with local support from: Freecell, Hijenkx, Harlan Jones, Califresh, Snead place project and Wilks. This Event was at Static, 5 Hood St, Hamilton.
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Santa Barbara - Single/Video Review: Reptile Lover
08 Jul 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Fizzing is an excellent word to describe the latest offering from Kiwi band Santa Barbara. Reptile Lover is collaboration between the LA based band and poet Jeffrey Holgate who provided the lyrics; it is like fizzy sherbet or delightful popping candy for your ears.
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Theia - EP Review: Theia
07 Jul 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
I have had a casual eye on Theia for a wee while; she has been floating around in my music filled memory banks since I heard Roam, so I was rather excited to have an opportunity to review her debut self-titled album. Theia’s music, which is described as glitter-pop sent me straight to Google to find out what the fanciful term “glitter-pop” actually means, it had conjured up images of a sparkly, colourful singing princess, then throw ethereal into the mix and my mind went into overdrive with visions of glittering, floating faeries with angelic voices.
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Valedictions - Album Review: Pieces
07 Jul 2017 // A review by Momoko.B
It has been two years since their Debut EP, and three-piece Auckland-based rock outfit Valedictions are back to stir up NZ's rock scene with their new album Pieces. Valedictions have been blessing us with their music since 2008; the talented three-piece including Jarrod Ross on vocals and guitar, Ivan De Los Santos on bass and backing vocals, and Cole Goodely on drums.
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Gig Review: Dragonforce @ The Kings Arms, Auckland - 01/07/2017
04 Jul 2017 // A review by butch181
Sitting in the car in the car park, the clouds had let loose a torrent of rain, with 10 minutes until doors open, already there was a line of at least 60 people standing out in the rain waiting to get inside and stake their position up front of the stage.Not long after the crowd has started to filter in, the first opening band takes to the stage, Stormforge.
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Emma G - Single/Video Review: King For A Day
04 Jul 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Metaphorically speaking, I have been travelling beyond the fine shores of Aotearoa to check out what some of our expats have been doing musically overseas or more specifically the USA, and I can say without a doubt they are writing, arranging and performing some mighty fine music. Emma G is no exception.
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Oyawa - Album Review: I Don't Recall Ordering Ordinary
03 Jul 2017 // A review by Ria Loveder
Indie/alternative band Oyawa have bought their loud and ambient tones to the New Zealand music scene with their album I Don’t Recall Ordering Ordinary. It is evident to hear that Oyawa are not afraid to experiment with sound.
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Ryan Kershaw - Single Review: Make it Go Away
03 Jul 2017 // A review by Sass_Metal
I’ve known Ryan Kershaw for a long time and have always been a fan of all the music he writes with all the various bands and solo projects he has released music with. His new single Make It Go Away is no exception.
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Anti Matter - Gig Review: Riot Grrrl 3 @ Whammy Bar, Auckland - 30/06/17
01 Jul 2017 // A review by Sass_Metal
Right from when event promoter Courtney took to the stage to introduce the first act and exclaimed excitedly that while it was the 3rd Riot Grrrl event it would be the first all female line up, I knew we would be in for a treat. All through the night and into this morning I’ve been trying to rack my brains trying to think of another music show I’ve been too that had only female musicians play and I honestly don’t think in the 9 or so years of me running, attending, reviewing and working on music events that I can recall ever being at a show with only female performers.
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Animal Party - EP Review: Drifting
01 Jul 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
Good music takes you somewhere else. It makes your mind wander, changes your mood, makes you feel something.
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Curlys Jewels - Gig Review: Curlys Jewels @ Backbeat, Auckland - 24/06/17
29 Jun 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
First off I just want to say Backbeat is a great venue, just the right size and always a decent sound. I arrived to catch the last three songs from openers Average Mars Experience as I didn't know they were on the bill.
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Gig Review: Hanson @ Town Hall, Auckland - 27/06/17
28 Jun 2017 // A review by Kerry Monaghan
Celebrating 25 years of Hanson togetherness, and 20 years since the release of their debut, Middle of Nowhere, the official Middle of Everywhere tour finally reached Auckland, and if you’ve ever been curious to hear what a few thousand (mostly female) screaming Hanson fans sounded like, then Auckland Town Hall was the place to be last night. The Town Hall is a majestic, beautiful heritage building with lavish Edwardian Baroque design and plush interior, there is a sense of something special when you see anything in such a spectacular setting and just added an extra touch of class to an outstanding night.
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Ravenhall - Single Review: My Love
28 Jun 2017 // A review by butch181
The artwork for this single is actually a bit out of place. It gives a more intense rock appearance than what the track provides.
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Dirty Pixels - EP Review: Spacesuit
26 Jun 2017 // A review by Tony McDonald
Have you ever imagined MGMT mixed with some Beach boys, then meeting Weezer to beef things up a little?Well here you have it and it is frickin awesome.
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Yasamin - Album Review: L.O.N.D.O.N
24 Jun 2017 // A review by rebelsoundradio
A full disclaimer before we get started on this review; I’m not a huge pop connoisseur... there have been a few Katy Perry-esk songs that have snuck their way onto some of my Spotify playlists but for the main part my musical pyramid is built on a rock base.
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Skinny Hobos - Single/Video Review: Suburban Living
24 Jun 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
I have never had much time for religion. You know, if you believe in God then by the same logic you might believe in Santa Clause or Fairies.
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Sean Bodley - Album Review: Genesis
23 Jun 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
I am not a Musician, I photograph them, I write about them and I have a heap of Friends who are them, however I know what I know and I know what I like and I have 40 plus years of music listening experience so I am aware when something good drops into my inbox (or in my case from time to time a magical letterbox which seems to conjure up lovely shiny new CD's containing even lovelier shiner brand new music). I really am pretty darn lucky to have this enchanted receptacle of musical goodies at our front gate.
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