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Pop’s Outsider Lorde Covers Rolling Stone

Pop’s Outsider Lorde Covers Rolling Stone

In a cover story for Rolling Stone magazine, Lorde talks about growing up in the spotlight following her hit debut Pure Heroine, and why her new Melodrama, out on 16 June, is the work…

Introducing Rousseau’s Dark Pop Identity

Introducing Rousseau’s Dark Pop Identity

Independently released in April, Wellingtonian Clare Barrett Rousseau’s debut EP hello, i know you’re busy “is the ideal entrance, introducing the many shades of Rousseau’s dark pop identity while leaving us hungry for more,”…

Lorde is ELLE’s Dior Cover Girl

Lorde is ELLE’s Dior Cover Girl

In the news yet again this week, just ahead of the release of her long-awaited second album Melodrama, Auckland-born mega star Lorde, 20, dresses up in a Dior jumpsuit for the cover of ELLE’s…

Aldous Harding’s Songs Won’t Be Pinned Down

Aldous Harding’s Songs Won’t Be Pinned Down

Aldous Harding, 26, shies away from explaining the quiet, cryptic, utterly arresting songs on Party, her second album and first American release. Harding, who is from New Zealand, was in New York at the…

Christopher Marshall’s Cosmos on in Florida

Christopher Marshall’s Cosmos on in Florida

New Zealand composer Christopher Marshall’s Cosmos, a 20-minute work highlighting the history of flight, will have its world premiere as part of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra 2017-18 season on 27-28 May in Orlando,…

Robyn Loau Reunites With Her Girlfriends

Robyn Loau Reunites With Her Girlfriends

Nineties Australian girl band Girlfriend, whose frontwoman was New Zealander Robyn Loau (pictured centre top), are reforming to mark the 25th anniversary of their No 1 hit Take it From Me. The band, which was…

Weissenborn Player Thomas Oliver Off on Tour

Weissenborn Player Thomas Oliver Off on Tour

Wellington-based musician Thomas Oliver, 31, talks to Australian independent online music publication, The AU Review about the inspirations behind his new self-produced album Floating in the Darkness and his upcoming local tour followed by…

Soprano Natasha Wilson Sings With Acrobats

Soprano Natasha Wilson Sings With Acrobats

Acclaimed Australian Brandenburg Orchestra has teamed up with Auckland soprano Natasha Wilson and circus company Circa to present Spanish Baroque at the City Recital Hall in Sydney. Wilson, 23, was invited by Brandenburg artistic director…

Fazerdaze Releases Confident Dreamy Debut

Fazerdaze Releases Confident Dreamy Debut

Morningside, the “accomplished” debut album of Auckland’s Fazerdaze, aka Amelia Murray, “is like having the door to a house opened for you, casually strolling in and taking your own time to find a comfortable…

Kane Strang’s New Album Out in June

Kane Strang’s New Album Out in June

After sharing a string of ace singles over the last few months, New Zealander Kane Strang has announced that his new album, Two Hearts and No Brain will be out…

Fis Teams with Maori Sound Artist Rob Thorne

Fis Teams with Maori Sound Artist Rob Thorne

“Berlin-based producer Fis (aka Olly Peryman) shifts focus back to his home of New Zealand for Clear Stones, a collaborative album with veteran Maori sound artist Rob Thorne due on Subtext,” Miles…

Lorde Makes Sophisticated Return at Coachella

Lorde Makes Sophisticated Return at Coachella

“Lorde used her late-evening (Coachella) slot to showcase material from her forthcoming album, Melodrama. Starting off with a portion of her lead single, Green Light, she performed staring straight down…

Lorde talks Melodrama at New York Diner

Lorde talks Melodrama at New York Diner

Lorde owns a house in Auckland, where she grew up, but for the better part of the last year she has been living at different hotels around New York, trying…

Soulful New Video for Singer Janine

Soulful New Video for Singer Janine

New Zealand-born soul singer Janine, formerly known as Janine and the Mixtape, is back with a “heart-tugging visual for Don’t Love Me,” Adelle Platon reports for Billboard. “As previously heard on the emotional offerings like 2015’s…

Aldous Harding Announces Party and Tour Dates

Aldous Harding Announces Party and Tour Dates

New Zealand singer-songwriter Aldous Harding will release her sophomore album, Party on 19 May. After sharing the striking single Horizon, Harding has also revealed European and US tour dates, beginning with a performance at The…

Kane Strang Going on First European Tour

Kane Strang Going on First European Tour

“New Zealander is currently in the midst of a huge tour of the United States, but that hasn’t stopped him announcing his first-ever European shows,” DIY magazine reports. “ was…

Online Star Dylan Rass Joins Australian Festival

Online Star Dylan Rass Joins Australian Festival

At only 18, singer and social media star New Zealand-born Dylan Rass fits the bill for New South Wales’ Bring It On! Festival – young, ambitious and talented. Rass is the latest in a growing…

Violinist Alexandra Lomeiko Performs in Worthing

Violinist Alexandra Lomeiko Performs in Worthing

Christchurch-born violinist Alexandra Lomeiko recently performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra. Chichester Observer journalist Phil Hewitt writes: “Lomeiko was born in 1991 into a family of musicians and started playing at the…

Tami Neilson Has Canadian Fans Wanting More

Tami Neilson Has Canadian Fans Wanting More

In the opening slot on a recent North American tour with Canadian singer-songwriter Colin James was Tami Neilson, a Mississauga-bred, New Zealand-based dynamo whose 30-minute sets created a buzz with audiences. Neilson and her…

Nadia Reid’s Lovelorn Folk Perfectly Crafted

Nadia Reid’s Lovelorn Folk Perfectly Crafted

New Zealand singer Nadia Reid, 25, has “decidedly upped the ante” on her second album Preservation, according to Guardian reviewer Dave Simpson. “ ethereal, pensive vocals are cast against plangent folk-guitar shapes, but there is…

Lorde Joyfully Crashes Into Next Chapter

Lorde Joyfully Crashes Into Next Chapter

Lorde’s comeback single Green Light, is an “upbeat announcement of change,” according to the Atlantic, one of many international publications praising the “inventive” pop singer’s new direction. “People have been waiting for Lorde’s future for…

Nadia Reid’s New LP an Ode to Self-Reflection

Nadia Reid’s New LP an Ode to Self-Reflection

Nadia Reid’s new video for The Arrow and The Aim, taken from her forthcoming album Preservation, was shot in an abandoned house surrounded by stunning landscapes in Mt Somers, just outside of Christchurch. “I guess…

Erakah’s Story of Musical Success

Erakah’s Story of Musical Success

Born in Fiji, Erakah spent part of her early years in the country before being adopted by a family in New Zealand. Over there she discovered she had a talent for singing resulting in…

Conductor Grant Cooper Brings a Heavy Hitter

Conductor Grant Cooper Brings a Heavy Hitter

Guest conductor New Zealand-born Grant Cooper recently packed his SUV with a homemade, giant hammer and drove from West Virginia to Albuquerque to lead the New Mexico Philharmonic through the hammer blows of fate…

Ladyhawke Truly Compels in Manchester

Ladyhawke Truly Compels in Manchester

“Synth-pop legend Ladyhawke delivered a flawless performance at the intimate Manchester Academy 3 venue” playing “a set of old and new tracks from her decade career in the music scene,” Mancunion journalist Lydia Ransome…

Neil Finn’s Sound a Lifelong Process

Neil Finn’s Sound a Lifelong Process

Neil Finn will headline the second Skyfields outdoor concert at the picturesque Bluff headland in Devonport, Tasmania on 11 March, and will be joined on stage by Crowded House member Nick Seymour. “We’ll be able…

Kane Strang’s New Tunes Very Good Indeed

Kane Strang’s New Tunes Very Good Indeed

Newly signed to American label, Dead Oceans, singer-guitarist New Zealander Kane Strang is “amping up and plotting a new record,” according to DIY magazine’s El Hunt. “‘Oh So You’re Off I See’ is one of two…

Parris Goebel Was Born to Dance

Parris Goebel Was Born to Dance

Parris Goebel’s father tells the BBC that his daughter, “a blessing”, was dropped off by a space ship. And it’s a good thing it did. The 24-year-old choreographer from Manurewa, South Auckland is changing…

Hucci Puts Life to Trap in New Single

Hucci Puts Life to Trap in New Single

Trap is a genre born and bred in the American South, but it is a sound Britain’s grimiest producers have embraced as their own, including Brighton-based New Zealand-born Ollie O’Neil, aka Hucci. Trap mixes slow,…

Ten Memorable Flying Nun Moments

Ten Memorable Flying Nun Moments

To mark a new LP from New Zealand’s The Bats, the Guardian takes a look back at ten of the best moments from the label that spawned them. “Founded in 1981 by Christchurch-based Roger Shepherd,…

George Ash Driving Australian Music Industry

George Ash Driving Australian Music Industry

Meet the third most important person in the Australian music industry – none other than Universal Music Group’s head honcho, New Zealander George Ash. Ash’s pursuit of creating new “revenue streams” for his artists…

2017 Will Be the Year of Our Lorde

2017 Will Be the Year of Our Lorde

With Coachella and Governors Ball 2017 festival announcements, it has become clear that New Zealand alt-pop singer Lorde’s comeback is about to happen, according to Billboard. “Most popular artists announce they are returning from an…

Connan Mockasin’s Faking Jazz Together in Spotlight

Connan Mockasin’s Faking Jazz Together in Spotlight

A Connan Mockasin song features on an Independent list of most-listened-to tracks the UK newspaper’s staff played the most last year on Spotify. “Oddly, my most-listened to track of 2016 wasn’t from this year at all, but…

Aaradhna Singer Putting NZ R&B Scene On Notice

Aaradhna Singer Putting NZ R&B Scene On Notice

In 2016, Aaradhna Patel put NZ’s R&B scene on notice with her fourth LP, Brown Girl, going to number one and her refusal to accept the award for Best Hip-Hop Artist at this year’s…

Tami Neilson Shows Soul & Sass On ‘Don’t Be Afraid’

Tami Neilson Shows Soul & Sass On ‘Don’t Be Afraid’

New Zealand-based “songstress Tami Neilson delivers a powerful blend of soul and sass on her sophomore LP, a combination that’s compelling enough to convince anyone who was heretofore unawares just how powerful her potential…

Producer Kamandi Releases New Track The Mould

Producer Kamandi Releases New Track The Mould

New Zealand-raised producer Kamandi, aka Tyrone Frost, “has been changing the game across the globe”, according to EDM-culture blog Magnetic Magazine, who caught up with the artist to talk about his influences and his…

Singer Kimbra Teams up with Wrangler

Singer Kimbra Teams up with Wrangler

New Zealand Grammy award-winning recording artist Kimbra is already taking the music world by storm, but she’s also dabbling in the fashion world teaming up with Wrangler. Marie Claire UK caught up with her…

Crowded House Play to Adoring Fans in Sydney

Crowded House Play to Adoring Fans in Sydney

“The decision as to when to call time on a band must be a truly wretched one,” Alexandra Spring writes for the Guardian. “, Crowded House returned to the place where they called…

NZ Folk Singer Who’ll Put A Spell On You

NZ Folk Singer Who’ll Put A Spell On You

“New Zealand’s Aldous Harding –who was recently recommended by Charlotte Church in the Guardian” is “a folk artist whose performances strike that rare balance between fragility and full-blown possession,” writes Kate Hutchinson in an…

Violinist Benjamin Baker Wins NY Music Prize

Violinist Benjamin Baker Wins NY Music Prize

Violinist Benjamin Baker, 26, has been named one of four first prizewinners at the 2016 Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions in New York. The four artists were selected from a pool of nearly 200…

NZ String Quartet Communicate a Culture

NZ String Quartet Communicate a Culture

If you were to listen to the New Zealand String Quartet (NZSQ) with your eyes closed, could you tell that they were from halfway around the world? The Hamilton Spectator classical music writer Leonard Turnevicius…

Connan Mockasin’s Soft Hair Swampy Psychedelia

Connan Mockasin’s Soft Hair Swampy Psychedelia

Connan Mockasin “a recluse from New Zealand” and Sam Eastgate of UK band Late of the Pier have teamed up to form Soft Hair, “a reverie of swampy psychedelia”, writes NME journalist Ben Homewood in a…

What Sets Conductor Holly Mathieson Apart

What Sets Conductor Holly Mathieson Apart

Several factors set Holly Mathieson apart, according to the Herald Scotland. Mathieson, 35, who has just made her debut as assistant conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, comes from the Antipodes, for starters,…

Holly Mathieson Conducts Illinois Philharmonic

Holly Mathieson Conducts Illinois Philharmonic

New Zealand-born Holly Mathieson, who has been named assistant conductor for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, was at the helm of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) for a recent concert at Governors State University…

The Naked and Famous Match Sound to Vision

The Naked and Famous Match Sound to Vision

The New Zealand-born, Los Angeles-based group The Naked and Famous are pairing a striking visual story with their new album Simple Forms, which was released this month via their own label Somewhat Damaged. Each of…

Musician Roy Montgomery Returns to the Fold

Musician Roy Montgomery Returns to the Fold

Following a decade long hiatus, Christchurch-based musician Roy Montgomery is about to release a new album – a four LP box set titled RMHQ. Featured in the latest issue of The Wire, Montgomery explains…

Lawrence Arabia’s Breezy Absolute Truth

Lawrence Arabia’s Breezy Absolute Truth

Included in a roundup of the best Australian LPs that might have passed you by in the past months, (the Guardian includes a caveat) is Christchurch-born Lawrence Arabia’s latest, Absolute Truth. “The lyrics of musician

Thomston Making Unashamed Pop Music

Thomston Making Unashamed Pop Music

There’s a tendency for males making pop with any sort of prefix to skew themselves towards less mainstream channels. That’s exactly why 20-year-old New Zealander Thomston could be the next best popstar, according to…

Flying Nun History with Pictures

Flying Nun History with Pictures

Following a review of founder Roger Shepherd’s memoir In Love With These Times: My Life With Flying Nun Records, Wire magazine has published the stories behind some of the photographs included in the book. The…

Shifting Sands take Gorgeous Guitar Pop to US

Shifting Sands take Gorgeous Guitar Pop to US

Dunedin psychedelic pop trio The Shifting Sands were encouraged to tour the United States by a big fan, American singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten. Etten said: “I fell in love with The Shifting Sands music a…

Why 2016’s Exciting New Americana is Antipodean

Why 2016’s Exciting New Americana is Antipodean

New Zealanders Nadia Reid and Marlon Williams are part of “a bold young Oceanic Americana cohort” according to the Guardian’s Laura Snapes. A new wave of young New Zealand and Australian-based artists are giving Nashville’s…

Kimbra’s New Single Sweet Relief Praised

Kimbra’s New Single Sweet Relief Praised

New Zealand pop singer Kimbra, 26, has released a new single, the first since the release of her sophomore album The Golden Echo in 2013. “Sweet Relief” is “bloody excellent,” according to online music…

Carrie Beehan Premieres “Ass In The Middle”

Carrie Beehan Premieres “Ass In The Middle”

“An artist in the truest sense of the word, Carrie Beehan is now gearing up to unveil her latest sonic self and narrative,” as reported in article in GroundSounds. The New Zealander…

Fis Creating Eco-Conscious Electronics

Fis Creating Eco-Conscious Electronics

“Before I was producing music electronically I was a drummer, and I really loved just trying to stop thinking and just play rhythm,” New Zealand-born producer Oliver Peryman aka Fis tells The…

Flying Nun History Recounted by Roger Shepherd

Flying Nun History Recounted by Roger Shepherd

“We forget, or don’t know, or don’t think about it – how difficult it used to be to release records if you weren’t signed to a major label, pre-digital download, pre-social media, pre-internet, never…

The Naked and Famous Lay Low

The Naked and Famous Lay Low

“All The Naked And Famous do is deliver hits,” according to Boston-based online music magazine, Vanyaland. “The New Zealand-, Los Angeles-based electronic pop group first crashed our playlists with 2010’s incredible Passive Me, Aggressive…