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NZ’s Finest Underground Acts Partner with US Labels

NZ’s Finest Underground Acts Partner with US Labels

PopMatters has selected a sampling of essential tracks by 15 of New Zealand’s finest underground pop acts in anticipation of a forthcoming Bats reissue and a Clean anthology – and with hopes for additional…

Sound Artist Releases Ground of Being

Sound Artist Releases Ground of Being

Christchurch-born composer and sound artist Annea Lockwood, who is perhaps best known for her Glass Concerts, in which she made use of the sonic and physical characteristics of glass, as well as her Piano…

Sorceress Releases Another Dose of Soul

Sorceress Releases Another Dose of Soul

Among New Zealand’s fervent soul underground, which has produced such musicians as Ladi6, Electric Wire Hustle and Benny Tone, is another contemporary soul outfit, Sorceress. “ Dose, which updates their take on…

Lorde Compares Notes with Conor Oberst

Lorde Compares Notes with Conor Oberst

Teenage pop star Lorde, who has just won two Billboard music awards at a ceremony in Las Vegas and is in the midst of a sold-out world tour, talks to solo artist and Bright…

Special Night for Dubai’s Neil Finn Fans

Special Night for Dubai’s Neil Finn Fans

Neil Finn thrilled fans in the United Arab Emirates on stage at the Dubai Tennis Stadium last week “demonstrating why he is regarded as the songwriters’ songwriter”, according to Gulf News senior writer Leslie…

Lorde Visits Helen in New York

Lorde Visits Helen in New York

Lorde has visited former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark in New York – all in between winning Billboard awards and launching her own make-up line with M.A.C Cosmetics. Ms Clark posted a…

Four Prestigious US Music Schools Excited about Sylvia

Four Prestigious US Music Schools Excited about Sylvia

Eighteen-year-old Auckland pianist Sylvia Jiang has been offered full scholarships to four prestigious American music school: Juilliard School, Yale School of Music, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and New England Conservatory. Jiang started learning…

New Release Incredibly Impressive Mix of Genres

New Release Incredibly Impressive Mix of Genres

Grammy award-winning Kimbra, 24, is “no flash in the pan”, says Slate blogger Sharan Shetty. The Hamilton-born singer is currently working on the follow-up to her 2011 album, Vows, and the first single “90s…

Broods Embark on a Dream Adventure

Broods Embark on a Dream Adventure

From New York on the eve of Broods’ first full tour of the United States, the Nelson-born brother sister act, Georgia and Caleb Nott, talk with Vancouver’s Straight about trading in university for the…

Right at Home in Manchester

Right at Home in Manchester

Now on a UK and European tour promoting his third solo album Dizzy Heights, Neil Finn, 55, talks with the Manchester Evening News about why the British city has always been a very homely…

Young Conductor Earns Place at Royal Academy of Music

Young Conductor Earns Place at Royal Academy of Music

Aucklander Ray Chan, 23, has become one of only two students in the world to be accepted into a prestigious conducting programme at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Chan beat about 30 international…

Singer Is Just a Well-Adjusted Non-Jaded Teen

Singer Is Just a Well-Adjusted Non-Jaded Teen

Yet another magazine cover for Lorde; this time the 17-year-old singer graces the front of Teen Vogue, sporting a giant Marc Jacobs bowtie. The Aucklander admits that her life is pretty wild right now. While…

Lorde Gives Foo-Fighter Dave Grohl Hope for Music

Lorde Gives Foo-Fighter Dave Grohl Hope for Music

Music legend Dave Grohl, founder of the Foo Fighters and member of Nirvana, has told Rolling Stone magazine that Lorde gives him hope for the future of music. Dismissing most music on the radio…

Burn up the Road Premieres on Billboard

Burn up the Road Premieres on Billboard

Liam Finn’s new album The Nihilist navigates “through deliciously chilly soundscapes that oscillate tantalizingly into the warmth of big semi-processed drumbeats and his fuzzy guitars,” Jessica Letkemann writes for Billboard.com. “But while the New Zealander…

Conductor Gives It All for Canadian Music Director Role

Conductor Gives It All for Canadian Music Director Role

New York-based conductor New Zealander Gemma New, 27, makes her debut conducting Canada’s Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra on 26 April, her “one and only shot” for the position of HPO music director, according to Leonard…

Nirvana Collaboration Masterful Stroke of Musicianship

Nirvana Collaboration Masterful Stroke of Musicianship

Lorde, who performed Nirvana’s All Apologies at the band’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, may not have seemed like an immediate choice for the evening, but then Ella Yelich-O’Connor is not your…

Indie Star Moves Cross Country to LA

Indie Star Moves Cross Country to LA

Musician (and occasional actor) New Zealand-born Dean Wareham moved to Los Angeles last year after nearly a quarter-century in New York. Wareham, a permanent fixture in the indie rock scene, “informed a generation of…

Kiwi Royalty Thrills Chicago

Kiwi Royalty Thrills Chicago

The long and the short of it is if you’re a Kiwi in America you support one another. New Zealand’s two most famous US exports – basketball prodigy Steven Adams and musical wunderkind Lorde…

Yumi Zouma Instantly Poignant and Placeless

Yumi Zouma Instantly Poignant and Placeless

“Assembled via email, at night, from far-flung corners of the globe is the debut EP from these ex-pat New Zealanders,” Guardian reviewer Paul Lester writes, including Yumi Zouma in the publication’s “Band of the…

Echo Park Band Gets It Right in Los Angeles

Echo Park Band Gets It Right in Los Angeles

New Zealand singer-songwriter, Bradley Hanan Carter (pictured second from left), 33, is founder of Los Angeles sextet, NO which is celebrating the launch of its debut album El Prado with a tour at legendary…

Brooklyn DIY Drummer on her Influences

Brooklyn DIY Drummer on her Influences

New Zealand-born Fiona Campbell, a long-time participant in the Brooklyn DIY music scene, discusses her admiration for late-00s noise-pop New York band Vivian Girls, for whom Campbell drummed in 2010. Formerly of Auckland, Campbell left…

Springsteen Covers Royals at Mt Smart Stadium

Springsteen Covers Royals at Mt Smart Stadium

According to Rolling Stone, Bruce Springsteen made the most surprising cover choice of his career when he played an acoustic rendition of teenage Grammy award-winner Lorde’s song Royals during his Auckland show at Mt…

Finn’s NY-Inspired Third Album a Whirlwind of Weirdness

Finn’s NY-Inspired Third Album a Whirlwind of Weirdness

This coming May, New Zealand singer-songwriter Liam Finn, 30, will release his third full-length album, The Nihilist, on which Finn plays 67 instruments. Vice magazine’s music channel Noisey premieres the new video…

Miami Concert a Fine Showcase for Young Conductor

Miami Concert a Fine Showcase for Young Conductor

The “clear beat and enthusiasm” of New Jersey Symphony’s assistant conductor New Zealand-born Gemma New, “charged up the Miami Symphony’s crackling brass and percussion sections”, at the orchestra’s “Valentine Fiesta” in February. “With a colourful…

Debut Radio Single Heavy Seas Rolling out in UK

Debut Radio Single Heavy Seas Rolling out in UK

With a voice described as “Bowie meets Bono”, New Zealand-born Thom Cross will release his debut radio single Heavy Sea, mixed by Grammy Award-winning producer Guy Massey of Manic Street Preachers fame. London-based Cross talked…

Lorde & the Perfectly Formed Sentence

Lorde & the Perfectly Formed Sentence

Ella Yellich-O’Connor stares at the reader from the pages of Vogue magazine looking wraithlike, almost like another famous alien fallen to earth. This Lorde looks quite unlike the girl from Devonport who improbably conquered…

Lorde Scoops Best International Female Solo Artist at The Brit Awards 2014

Lorde Scoops Best International Female Solo Artist at The Brit Awards 2014

Lorde has overcome the odds and won the best International Female Solo Artist prize at the Brit Awards 2014. Despite going into the show as a huge underdog, the 17 year old newcomer took the…

Cover Duties for Our Own Alternative Pop Voice

Cover Duties for Our Own Alternative Pop Voice

Lorde takes one of four covers for fashion magazine V’s music special as part of a feature on the “next wave of alternative pop voices,” starring alongside HAIM, Say Lou Lou, and BANKS. The 17-year-old…

Neil Finn’s Latest Solo Album His Funkiest

Neil Finn’s Latest Solo Album His Funkiest

“Neil Finn makes pop music, and good pop music at that. He can’t help it,” espouses the Sydney Morning Herald’s senior music writer Bernard Zuel, and he “makes the oddest and, to these ears,…

Other Pop Riches Doing Us Proud in the US

Other Pop Riches Doing Us Proud in the US

While Lorde is New Zealand’s biggest success story at the moment, she’s far from all we have to offer in terms of pop riches. Billboard’s Andrew Unterberger looks at New Zealanders impressing stateside in…

Detroit Connections Spark New Ladi6 Album

Detroit Connections Spark New Ladi6 Album

Christchurch-born neo-soul queen Ladi6, real name Karoline Tamati, 31, has been described as “New Zealand’s answer to Erykah Badu” in her home country and listening to latest album Automatic, it’s easy to hear why,…

Shepherd’s Bush Gig a Trip down the Rabbit Hole

Shepherd’s Bush Gig a Trip down the Rabbit Hole

Eccentric Connan Mockasin may be, but it’s his wayward musicianship that has won over famous fans like Radiohead, Beck and rapper Tyler, according to the London Evening Standard, which reviews Mockasin’s London show at…

Finn to Release Third Studio Album The Nihilist

Finn to Release Third Studio Album The Nihilist

Liam Finn has announced the release of his first full-length studio album in three years, titled The Nihilist. The Melbourne-based singer-songwriter has also unveiled the album’s first single, Snug As F-ck. The track…

Lorde Wins Two Grammys

Lorde Wins Two Grammys

Lorde looked stunned upon hearing her name being called as she won her first Grammy of the night for Best Pop Solo Performance at last night’s Grammy Awards, the first of two awards for…

Lorde Makes the Cover of Rolling Stone

Lorde Makes the Cover of Rolling Stone

“The thrill that’ll getcha when you get your picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone,” sang Dr Hook in 1972, a blatant but ultimately successful act of musical sycophancy that earned the band…

Mockasin’s UK Tour Begins in Glasgow at King Tut’s

Mockasin’s UK Tour Begins in Glasgow at King Tut’s

New Zealand musician Connan Mockasin is kicking off his UK tour in Glasgow on 22 January at King Tut’s promoting Caramel, ahead of the February release of his second single from the album, Do…

Brooding Synth-Pop Makes Sadness Sound Lovely

Brooding Synth-Pop Makes Sadness Sound Lovely

Auckland brother-sister duo Broods, aka Georgia, 19, and Caleb Nott, 21, “make, ahem, brooding synth-pop that makes sadness sound quite lovely,” according to the Guardian’s Michael Cragg writing for the publication’s “New Music” blog. “

Lorde to Perform at Grammys 2014

Lorde to Perform at Grammys 2014

Lorde is set to perform at the Grammys 2014 award show later this month, amongst a set list that includes Katy Perry, Metallica, and Chicago. This may not be the only chance the young Kiwi…

Lorde is “The Upstart” in NYT’s 2013 Disrupters

Lorde is “The Upstart” in NYT’s 2013 Disrupters

Auckland’s Lorde is one of the New York Times’ cultural Disruptors of 2013 – people who broke the rules in a year of artistic upheavals. She features alongside pop provocateur Miley Cyrus and rising…

Like a Weird Untitled Mixtape They Beguile

Like a Weird Untitled Mixtape They Beguile

The songwriting savant behind Unknown Mortal Orchestra, New Zealander Ruban Nielson, 33, spends many of his nocturnal hours locked away in the basement of his Portland, Oregon home, creating beguiling, hypnagogic psych-pop, the Guardian’s…

Grammy Nominee Crowned WILD Cover Girl

Grammy Nominee Crowned WILD Cover Girl

Lorde, who has been nominated for two Grammys for her hit “Royals”, up for both record of the year (for the recording) and best song (for songwriting), “stuns” on the cover of the

Amounting to a Kind of Debonair Psychedelia

Amounting to a Kind of Debonair Psychedelia

“Dean Wareham ranks high among the most faithful disciples of Lou Reed,” the Wall Street Journal’s Andy Battaglia writes in a review of Wareham’s recent New York show at Brooklyn’s Bell House. “He doesn’t have…

Taylor Swift Posts Dreamy NZ Holiday on Instagram

Taylor Swift Posts Dreamy NZ Holiday on Instagram

In between shows on her Red tour in New Zealand, American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift posted Instagrams of herself busy at “aesthetically pleasing activities … like driving a boat, gazing off into the…

Gemma New on Gender Equality in Contemporary Music

Gemma New on Gender Equality in Contemporary Music

New Zealander Gemma New, associate conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and director of the Lunar Ensemble, talks with Bachtrack’s Meg Wilhoite about the question of gender equality in the world of new…

Kiwi Women Lead Cultural Renaissance

Kiwi Women Lead Cultural Renaissance

Once upon a time New Zealand cultural values were based on the unholy trinity of rugby, racing and beer. Then the marketing concepts – clean and green; 100% Pure – were added to the…

Creativity Before Celebrity

Creativity Before Celebrity

Lorde has suddenly become quite famous, but in reality the 17-year-old kiwi just wants to stay out of the world of smoke and mirrors like other young popstar of today. “It’s still pretty weird,” she…

Exciting Caramel Flavours Cooked Up in Tokyo

Exciting Caramel Flavours Cooked Up in Tokyo

“A defining sense of optimism and curiosity took Mockasin and his then band, The Mockasins, to London in 2006, where, despite running out of money very quickly, their initial style of…

Joel Little on Lorde and Opening Doors

Joel Little on Lorde and Opening Doors

Starting his music career as a member of pop-punk band Goodnight Nurse in the early 2000s, kiwi Joel Little is now becoming one of the most in-demand producers on the planet after producing Lorde’s…

Kiwi Duo Grabs Attention of Billboard

Kiwi Duo Grabs Attention of Billboard

Hot on the heels of Lorde’s success, Auckland pop-synth duo Broods are making a positive international impressions of their own. The brother-sister duo, made up of Caleb and Georgina Nott, have worked closely with…

Bringing Something Different to Every Party

Bringing Something Different to Every Party

Neil Finn, who is playing at Australia’s Falls Festival in December, has had a colourful career so far. Wild in Split Enz, he’s been a straightforward balladeer, the front man of a…

Businessman Buys up Rights to Lennon’s Solo Recordings

Businessman Buys up Rights to Lennon’s Solo Recordings

New Zealand businessman Sir Douglas Myers has secured the rights to John Lennon’s music and some early Beatles records, he says in an exclusive interview with the Herald on Sunday. Meyers owns Downtown Music, a…

Beyonce: NZ Tourism Ambassador

Beyonce: NZ Tourism Ambassador

New Zealand got unparalleled international exposure from the recent tour by Beyonce, arguably the biggest music star on the planet at the moment. Whether posing for an Instagram with a Kiwi fan, promotion of…

Kiwi Making YouTube Waves with ‘Royals’ Cover

Kiwi Making YouTube Waves with ‘Royals’ Cover

As Lorde goes from strength to strength, covers of her number one song ‘Royals’ are sprouting like mushrooms on YouTube, and now a second Kiwi is finding fame with his take on the world…

Letting Go of NZ Essential for Artists

Letting Go of NZ Essential for Artists

If artists get a chance to leave New Zealand, says Thom Powers, co-founder of The Naked and Famous (TNF), then they must seize the opportunity. Los Angeles-based Powers is in the US with TNF…

Introspective New Album for LA-Based Singer

Introspective New Album for LA-Based Singer

New Zealand-born singer and songwriter, Los Angeles-based Ted Brown has released his second album, An Unwide Ride; “an elegantly spare and tenderly introspective record”, recorded at Roundhead Studios in Auckland. In 1993, Brown…

Lorde’s Bid for the Big Time

Lorde’s Bid for the Big Time

Lorde makes it into the New Yorker this week, the subject of a profile by contributor and music critic Sasha Frere-Jones, who conducted several conversations with the 16-year-old about, amongst other things, how important…