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Shepherds Of Cassini - Dark Side of the Moon
The four Shepherds of Cassini are Omar Al-Hashimi, Vitesh Bava, Felix Lun and Brendan Zwaan, and together they make music that is every bit as exotic and colourful as their respective names. Referencing the heavens in their collective name, the band describe their output as ‘space music/progressive rock’, which, as Ania Glowacz discovers, is fundamentally accurate.

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photo by PETE  MONK
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ARTICLES

Wellington’s beardiest are back with a new album. Released on August 7, entering the album char...
Brilleaux are a British-style rhythm and blues band. Formed in Tauranga in 1999 the four-piece st...
Among the numerous events of NZ Music Month was a small but spirited workshop staged in Auckland ...
Meeting Warratah’s vocalist Barry Saunders at the Wellington railway station feels very right. ...
Meet singer/songwriter Nicole Andrews from Wellington. Her mostly piano-based debut album 'In The...
It was the talk of the town when the 30-year-old brunette showed up after a four year absence spo...
Rags-to-riches stories don’t come much better. The three Samoan-New Zealanders who came from no...
Bernie Griffen is staunchly down-to-earth and a very talented songwriter and storyteller, economi...
The Pantograph Punch got a team to record Tiny Ruins Gig at the beautiful Crystal Palace in Mt. E...
Scott J Mason is a bit of a perfectionist. Safe to say this multi-instrumentalist, who has been v...
Justine Cormack (violin), Ashley Brown (cello) and Sarah Watkins (piano) together make up NZTrio,...
These Automatic Changers started making music in mid-2011, rising from the ashes of Payola, a pre...
Ghosts of Electricity are a three-piece from Auckland, but with roots that stretch as far away as...
Wellington's biggest Weissenborn fan Thomas Oliver went to Europe recently and took some photos ...
Stepping into the bright airy interior of a downtown café, I scan the room for Jono, guitarist f...
Mitch O’Sullivan recently caught up with Dave Weir of Dave Weir and the Deadly Nightshades in h...
"It was a jam with a loop pedal that started this band,” states Ian Moir, the drummer from Into...
During a hectic two years living in New York, touring and making an album with Liam Finn – and ...
It might still be winter, but it's time to ‘SWIM’! Actually the name of Die! Die! Die!'s fift...
"I think isolation for a musician can be a good thing,”, Sarah Conlan says. We have met at a...
 

OBSERVATION POST

We've invited some folk known for their keen-eyed music industry observations to comment on events and trends in the biz, both here at home and abroad.
DIY Publicity Tips
Silke: DIY Publicity Tips
While it’s really hard to do the job of a good publicist yourself for your own projects, it can be done, and once you get the knack of it, it'll be one more handy skill in your repertoire.
Unique Facebook URLs
Silke: Unique Facebook URLs
How to set up a so-called vanity URL for pages on Facebook.
Facebook Invite All Extensions
Silke: Facebook Invite All Extensions
Did you know that you can bypass the tedious manual process of inviting people to like your Facebook page or join your event with the help of browser extensions?
Missing The Axe Attack? Then Show Some More Love…
Ricardo Ball: Missing The Axe Attack? Then Show Some More Love…
It’s been a sad period in the history of NZ radio for those of us who share a rabid love of and support for local music. While heartily lamented by some, the loss of Kiwi FM was widely accepted as being long-coming and inevitable. Indeed, when another Med
 
 
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Aug/Sept 2015
Aug/Sept 2015
In this issue:
Tami Neilson, Loud Ghost, Shepherds Of Cassini, Astro Children, Israel Starr, Rackets, Holly Arrowsmith, AHoriBuzz, Tahuna Breaks, Asto-Loren Newman and more
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Converse Rubber Tracks' Kiwis
31.08.2015
Converse Rubber Tracks' Kiwis
Out of 84 acts selected for the global Converse Rubber Tracks programme, two are Kiwis! more...
Goodbye, Nick Taylor
31.08.2015
Goodbye, Nick Taylor
Sound engineer and musician Nick Taylor has passed away. more...
Silver Scroll Finalists 2015
28.08.2015
Silver Scroll Finalists 2015
This year's 50th anniversary of the APRA Silver Scroll Award will be held at Auckland's Vector Arena on September 17. Here is a complete list of all finalists for 2015. more...
Making Tracks August 2015
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Making Tracks August 2015
NZ On Air Music have released the August results for Making Tracks funding. more...
Metalliance Touring Launch
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Metalliance Touring Launch
Kiwi, Sri Lankan and Malaysian metal promoters are combining forces to create a touring circuit around Australasia. more...
 
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Teenagers who identify as "goths" have a three times higher risk of depression than non-goth peers, researchers say.
The world's first wireless MIDI controller for acoustic guitar in action.
This is a story about proving, with data, that No Diggity by Blackstreet is timeless.
Arthritis not only afflicts people of advanced ages, but can afflict people at any age. Also, you should not avoid performing physical activity with arthritis. In fact, moderate exercise is one of the therapies recommended by The Arthritis Foundation
For her headlining tour grossing about EU50k, Sinead O'Connor was paid a meagre EU500.
Baboom launches, tells artists to 'take control of their content and careers'
Spotify paid Kiwi band with five-star reviews and 90,000 streams just $130
What drives Coco Solid? Michelle Duff of Stuff.co.nz talks to the rapper, writer, artist, actor and video director....
"Sorry, we don't have a budget for music" - heard that one before?
"The doe-eyed Hozier (25) takes to the stage, clad all in black, and before he begins the chart-burning ‘Take Me To Church’, that he wrote himself, he peers out under his mane of luscious, beach hair to take in the crowd and smiles quietly to himself."
Auckland's 95bFM managed the near impossible by having 20 local live acts play over the course of two hours - and stream the whole event live over the internet.
Is it U2? Madonna? The Scorpions? A famous chinese band that westerners don't know?
Shihad's Tom Larkin explains what not to do in the studio...
Rapture Records produced and an actual playable tortilla record etched with a laser cutter.
“The moment when a musician might begin to make good music is the same moment at which they accept that no one will buy their records.”
"If you want ratings in country radio, take women out.”?!
Decribed as "a confusing mess of new options and weirdness" doesn't make Apple Music sound very appealing. Luckily helpful articles have popped up to make sense of the new app...
Tinder is the new marketing tool for musicians and labels. Maybe you’ll get laid, but more than likely you’ll get a free album.
Rather than inciting people to anger or violence, research has found that loud and chaotic music such as metal and punk is ‘a healthy way of processing anger’.
Most guitar players can't do this one thing...
Smash Mouth's Paul Delisle writes about his love for our own Split Enz
A Norwegian parody of an EDM live show.
We can get behind that!
"A case for alternative entertainment from New Zealand"
Apple announced how much it'll pay artists for allowing people to stream their music.
Funny Or Die asked musicians about questions they're sick of being asked in interviews. What do you hate to be asked? On a sidenote: spot NZ's Streets Of Laredo in the video!
A ten year analysis of lyrics in pop music.
Can you pick the highest quality stream correctly?
It's 30 years since Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms began the CD boom. How did the revolution in music formats come about and what killed it?
According to BMG's CEO Hartwig Masuch, the balance of power is gradually swinging from music’s executives to its creative community - and that suits him just fine.
We don't necessarily agree, but this list by Tauranga Music Sux is too funny not to share.
This was Sony Music's contract with Spotify - the details the major labels don’t want you to see.
Radio New Zealand visited SJD for a quick tour of his studio in West Auckland
Police in Queensland proved they have a great sense of humour.
"It's time to confront that I may be the equivalent of the old guy at the club, and why I'm totally ok with that. Here's why."
US music critic Jessica Hopper on the legitimacy of the teenage fangirl and helping to pave a path for women in music.
Bizarre case in which the FBI spent years researching the lyrics to Louie Louie by the Kingsmen.
A collection of pictures of some of the most bizarre guitars out there
Australia’s Channel Nine recently screened the first tele interview that Tauranga's notorious restaurateur/drummer/ luxury car owner Phil Rudd has given since his arrest and subsequent NZ court appearances
What if Nick Cave's Red Right Hand had been illustrated by Dr Seuss?
If your girlfriend allows you to use your own shotgun wedding to film your music video, she sure is a keeper. Auckland-based songwriter Thomas Coffey's partner Alyce was game...
When do we stop keeping up with popular music?
Metalworkers Unite
The Pantograph Punch has published a great article by Hayden Donnell, telling the story of Kim Dotcom's album 'Good Times' - one of the most expensive albums ever made in New Zealand.
"The Man Who Broke the Music Business" - an article published by the New Yorker.
How The Majors Renewed Their Grip On Music
Starting aged only 12 years old, Mike Cohen recorded his parents secretly for the next 16 years of his young life...
Auckland singer songwriter Lisa Crawley made the move to Melbourne over a year and seems to settle in nicely. Aussie website Music Industry Inside Out asks her 7 questions about being a musician.
"When women are political and angry or emotional, it's written off as being silly and over the top"
Ian "Blink" Jorgensen gives NZ blog community Public Address an insight into his upcoming series of photo books
Found by Cy Winstanley of Tattletale Saints
An Australian study conducted by Victoria University has found that people who work in the entertainment industry are significantly more likely to suffer from mental health problems, are paid much less than the rest of the community and have higher rates of suicide
Ever wondered how to play a certain Kiwi song? We’ve asked local musicians to give us chords, lyrics and general instructions to play one of their songs, so you can learn it yourself or teach it to others. Are there any songs you’d like to see here, or are you keen to write up one of your own for others? Get in touch via web@nzmusician.co.nz!
"The scream of a thousand corpses"
BBC’s loss will most certainly be Apple Corp’s gain with the announcement that Zane Lowe is leaving the Beeb for a role with Apple’s new iTunes radio service.
Bob Dylan was honored by MusiCares, the US charity organization that aids musicians in need, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday night. Dylan took the opportunity to deliver a 30-plus-minute acceptance speech that's well worth reading.
A new generation of bands is emerging from Dunedin.
Hieronymus Bosch's painting The Garden of Earthly Delights depicts a hellish choir singing a song painted on the buttocks of a sinner. A musician has transcribed it into modern notation for our listening pleasure.
BitTorrent's "bundles" allow artists to mix paid content with free content. As part of the deal, the artist retains 90% of the profits made.
Are we hearing the same hit country song over and over again, just sung by different artists?
What if you're in the desert to shoot a video for a song about the sun, but apart from sweltering heat, you mostly find clouds and rain.
You might know Jack Conte's band Pomplamoose. Here's him talking candidly about his band's touring profits.
Fly My Pretties are breaking new grounds for Kiwi bands by allowing fans a yearly subscription that will give fans access to the band’s full back catalogue as well as future releases, and deals on merchandise.
Is Facebook turning itself into a useless tool for indie musicians?
An idea to change the system currently used to pay artists for their streams on Spotify.
Just because you're a finalist, doesn't mean you get to go to the Music Awards...
Two men jailed over Dancing Jesus site music piracy
Violinist Vanessa-Mae plans to file an appeal against her four-year ban from competitive skiing for taking part in fixed races before the Sochi Olympics.
Curious what Churyumov-Gerasimenko 67P sounds like?
How playing an instrument benefits your brain
An exodus from Spotify - Is online content not worth your while?
13 Women On How To Change Male-Dominated Studio Culture - Why aren't more women becoming music producers?
Musicians die younger and more painfully says a new study.
With its new Unlimited service, a New York startup tries to apply a business model proven for software and songs on live entertainment.
Rather true analysis of different current genres in cartoon form
German Anna-Maria Hefele can sing two notes at the same time. Common in throat singing, it's a rare sight in Western music.
Kim Dotcom waves goodbye to Baboom "in an attempt to cultivate more positive relationships with the music industry."
So how as a band or musician do you cut through to your fans and help build a successful crowd-funding campaign?
Annual returns from the U.K. music industry grew 9% (to £3.8 billion) in 2013 according to a just-published report from UK Music, an umbrella organisation representing the collective interests of the U.K.'s commercial music industry.
A 31-year-old man in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky was arrested last week after he posted lyrics from the band Exodus on his Facebook wall last week
It doesn't matter if it's a satirical song like Planet Key or a limerick, the Electoral Commission isn't about to make exception to rules on political advertising and programmes.
An American deathcore band have found themselves in hot water with their fans after they declared that their lead singer was missing and possibly abducted.
The National Football League (NFL) is seeking US$15.1 million in fines from singer/rapper M.I.A after she pulled the middle finger during a performance at Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.
According to a review released by online music service, Spotify, only 80% of the 20 million songs on its site have been listened to at least once, leaving a total of 4 million songs unheard.
A Canadian musician is using crowdfunding to help buy back the rights to her music.
According to a study by researchers at the University of South Brittany in France, women are 31% more likely to give their phone number to a man carrying a guitar.
A two year degree in heavy metal has been labeled a “waste of time” by a British education campaign.
The Naked And Famous have released their latest musical offering in the form of an April Fools prank titled, Living Like Kings, Acting Like Queens.
TVNZ current affairs show Seven Sharp has come under fire from the Women's Refuge after a story on violence against women featured the song Smack My Bitch Up as a backing track.
Personal Fest an Argentinean music festival has made an attempt to liven up the festival bathroom experience by introducing a range of port-a-loos that play music when they're occupied.
Ken West, founder of the Big Day Out, has accused metal band Slipknot of giving him SARS during a flight out of New Zealand.
A piece of music composed from bird poo on a giant piece of sheet music has received its first performance in the UK.
Courtesy of our fellow Kiwi music enthusiasts at www.amplifier.co.nz you can check out the latest NZ music videos, catch a visual from the act you have been reading about or maybe revisit some past faves.
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