Adrian Stuckey - Far Too Busy to be Idol -
If you have succumbed to the arguable pleasure of watching the latest series of New Zealand Idol you will likely have caught a glimpse of the guy in the house band playing a most unusual-looking custom twin-necked nylon string/electric hybrid guitar. ...more
Elemeno P - Fast Times In Paradise -
It's one thing to conjure up a semi-conscious wish-list of international record producers you'd like to work with on your second album. It's quite another to have one of those names not only agree to produce your album, but to do it for a massively cut price fee - and spend the best part of four months in a strange country recording a band he's never heard of before. ...more
Frontline - Making Good Time -
Approaching the Summit, the most important time of the year on New Zealand's hip hop calendar, Dirty Records are keeping busy with the debut full length album entitled 'Borrowed Time' from Frontline. ...more
Ghostplane - Arriving on a Ghostplane -
As warm and comforting as Ghostplane’s new album is, it’s facing a losing battle competing with the freezing reality of the bitterly cold ‘spring’ Wellington night we have picked to meet up. ...more
Mahinarangi Tocker - The Mongrel in Mahinarangi -
Singer/songwriter Mahinarangi Tocker was hanging out with her family one day, when her sister Mahara observed that the Tocker clan is 'a bagel short of a hangi with a bit of haggis on the side'. ...more
Paul Reid - Crossing his own Rubicon -
In Roman legend, Julius Caesar defied the law by crossing the Rubicon in pursuit of his enemies. From that audacious moment sprang the term 'crossing the Rubicon', meaning to commit oneself irrevocably to a risky course of action. ...more
Rhombus - Jamming with the New Rhombus Sounds -
Three years ago Rhombus exploded on to the New Zealand music scene with their unique, fresh blend of Aotearoa dub 'n bass, fused with hip hop and jazz.
The Bats - Recommissioning Marsden B -
Bassist Paul Kean described The Bats' soon to be released album as a "grower" but for fans of this Mainland four-piece 'At the National Grid' still offers instant recognition - mixed with an acoustic attraction.
The Ruby Suns - The Suns and the Surf -
Ryan McPhun and the Ruby Suns certainly fulfil their label Lil' Chief Records' 'guaranteed 100% pop' prophecy. Indeed their refreshing self-titled debut album is so rich with Beach Boys influences it comes as no surprise to learn the band's leader himself hails from Southern California. But Ryan McPhun claims it is simply a geographical coincidence he grew up in the same place as the legendary surf sound ambassadors.