APRA Cadabra! -
Winter's biting and you're struggling to pay the power bill? Wondering why you even bother making new music for such an indifferent world? ...more
Che Fu - Navigating Beneath the Radar -
By 2003, Che Fu's second album 'The Navigator' had helped propel New Zealand hip hop into the mainstream and was followed by a raft of other successful local acts. In the meantime, Che Fu quietly disappeared...
Die! Die! Die! -
"He was a totally self-imposed hermit, a bit of a nerd really. He was fantastic, just the kind of guy you wanna work with - absolutely no bullshit." ...more
Ermehn - Walking Away from the Path of Blood -
Having previewed Ermehn's album I admit to being slightly apprehensive about interviewing this character. 'The Path of Blood' is reasonably described as New Zealand's first pure gangsta album. ...more
Kitsch - Back on Burning Ground -
It's been a while since we've heard from local punk-rock act Kitsch, long enough for speculation that the band had indeed dissolved into non-existence. There have been very few shows over the last 18 months, and certainly no advance news of future releases. ...more
Sola Rosa - Moving On -
Although journeys are generally considered to involve movement from one point in space to another, sometimes a journey can bring you right back to your point of departure, albeit the wiser and richer for your experiences.
Well it's ElevenfiftySeven -
It was sure nice of Elemeno P to provide them with a pop radio soundtrack, but Auckland-based record label ElevenfiftySeven are happier playing in the hard core/punk market.
Independent Labels Summit
Blue skies, warm winds - so this is what Brisbane thinks is winter! ...more
Jeremy Taylor - Jeremy Taylor's Black Balloons
I've been with Jeremy Taylor for over two hours now, and we haven't started talking about him yet. Instead I've been a willing travel buddy on a non-stop tour through the pop music back catalogue, stopping only for opinions, personal anecdotes and insights. Then it's straight back onto State Highway 1 for a journey riding roughshod over the NZ music scene and all it offers. ...more
Smokefreerockquest - now Smoke and Coke free
From little acorns mighty oak trees do indeed grow, and while the original Rockquest (back in '88 in Christchurch only - the first national competition was in 1990) was likely no small undertaking, the 2005 version is most certainly a mighty big one. ...more
This Night Creeps - The Noise of This Night Creeps
The cause of 'the dancing mania', a mystery ailment which afflicted the 14th Century populace, is not known. Symptoms included victims dancing madly in the streets, furiously howling and gyrating. Modern speculation has it they were a case of mass hysteria or subject to the side effects of a toxic fungus.