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Abigail Knudson: Do As You Please

Little more than a year into her recording career, Dunedin native Abigail Knudson has already proven herself to be incredibly prolific, establishing a digital release profile that is elegant and darkly ...

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News

Kiwi Folk Legend Phil Garland Has Died

Folk musician and researcher Phil Garland died on March 15th, aged 75. A founding member of the Christchurch Folk Club, Phil recorded close to 20 albums, published six books and was three-times winner of the NZ Folk Album Award. His most recent Tui came in 2007 with 'Southern Odyssey' and he received a Queen's Services Medal in 2014.  His funeral service will be held at Knox Church on Bealey Ave, Christchurch, on March 24 from 1pm. In conjunction with the Christchurch Folk Club, ...

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NewMusic Singles Funding March 2017

NZ On Air Music has announced the recipients of their NewMusic Single Funding for March 2017. The panel of seven music industry judges picked 22 out of 134 applications for the first funding round of 2017. The songs and videos will be released in the coming months. On the panel this time were NZ Musician's own Richard Thorne, Gemma Syme of RDU in Christchurch, Jeff Newton of NZ On Air, sound engineer and producer Olly Harmer of The Lab, Mai FM's Phil Bell aka DJ Sir-Vere, Dan Woolston ...

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Top Eight for Taite – 2017 Prize Fighters

Independent Music NZ has announced the eight Taite Music Prize finalists for 2017. Named after the late music journalist Dylan Taite, the Taite Music Prize recognises outstanding creativity for an entire collection of music contained on one album. The top eight albums were picked by members of the music industry from a long list of around 70 albums. That list was no doubt affected by rule changes implemented this year which meant that artists not likely to be in Auckland and available ...

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Opportunities

Applications For APRA Music Grants Open Now

Applications for APRA Music Grants 2017 are open from now until May 31. From the APRA website: [When applying for funding] Think about how an APRA AMCOS member might benefit from being involved in your project. Would they have the opportunity to: Develop songwriting or composition skills? Receive public recognition for their talent? Collaborate and co-write new songs or compositions? Showcase their talent to a wider audience? Learn about the music industry to further their ...

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Interviews

Tweed: Tightly Knit Sounds

Sparingly strummed mandolin and delicate French horn introduce ‘High-Brow Blues’, the debut album from Auckland alternative folk trio Tweed. From there it’s all meaningful lyrics and shared vocals to the fore in a part-rollicking, part-reflective, always thoughtful 10 track offering. Briar Lawry spoke with the Tweed three; acoustic guitar/bassist Nancy Howie, mandolin-wielding Steff Werman, and Devin Ashton who looks after the percussive bits. A business manager, an academic equity administrator ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Bobandii

Hailing originally from Warkworth, Bobandii is a one man project inspired by acts like Chance The Rapper and Bon Iver. Silas McClintock sings, raps, writes, mixes and masters his own projects from his Auckland bedroom. “I was about 18 when I started picking up beats, and three years ago is when I started working on vocals. I dropped a song called Daffodils and it was the first track I properly sang on. At that point I was like, ‘Oh snap, my voice can actually do something as per the usual ...

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Shoutin’ Preachin’: Survival of the Hippest

The name’s genius right? Adding a sixth member to the group, Auckland brass-heavy hip hop act Shoutin’ Preachin’ announce the upcoming release of their EP ‘From The Echo Chamber’. Ally Su'a talked with hard working vocalist Andrew McCormack and bassist Yves Yang. While their lyrics subtly encompass concepts of impending doom through party-starting anthems and socially conscious rap, Shoutin’ Preachin’s sound stems from various elements; hip hop, punk and brass. It’s a fused sound ...

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Industry

Jess Haugh: Women About Sound

A group of local musicians have announced the launch of Women About Sound, a project aiming to help more New Zealand women to develop and record their own music. The project is led by Jess Haugh, who performs as alter ego Scarlett Lashes. She has been active in the music scene for the last eight years as a performer, composer and audio engineer.  Why do you think women get booked for events less often than men? I think its partly because most of the promoters in the industry are men and they ...

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Interviews

Neil Watson: Constructed in Jazz

Jazz guitarist and academic Neil Watson has a well-earned reputation as one of Auckland’s go-to sidemen. His played- and recorded-with credits traverse ground as varied as the Finn brothers, Tami Neilson, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and fellow local jazz legends like Frank Gibson and Mike Nock. He tells Aleisha Ward it’s just that sort of genre variety that keeps him interested and helped lead to his recently released album ‘Studies In Tubular’. Auckland guitarist Neil Watson ...

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Black Science: Nurture vs Nature

Black Science was conjured up when Dylan Clarke, Alex Willi and Joss Colling joined forces in 2009 to form a raucous and robust alternative rock act with punk and psychedelic undertones. With one EP already under their belt, the Auckland group are set to release a debut album named ’Burn & Rave’ in March. Jean Bell chatted with the band. With the sun shining and beer aplenty, the camaraderie of the three Black Science bandmates is crystal clear. Teasing and free-spirited banter between ...

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Tony Daunt: Trouble Is My Middle Name

Among the 30 or so tattoos that decorate Tony Daunt is a colourful rendition of a Gretsch hollow body electric guitar, mostly covered by the short-sleeved shirt on his upper left arm. A whimsical piece of art in its origin perhaps, given that he’s played bass for most of his musician life, these days it has a close match in the beautiful pearl jet Gretsch Country Classic he wields as lead singer and frontman of Tony Daunt & The Dauntless. Richard Thorne talked with him ahead of the release ...

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Photo Galleries

WOMAD 2017: A Selection Of Kiwis

Last weekend, music fans from across the country made the trek to Taranaki for world music festival WOMAD 2017. The festival saw Kiwi artists like Rob Ruha, Marlon Williams, Lord Echo, Swamp Thing, Sons Of Zion, Baynk and Mt Eden share the stage with international talent such as Oumou Sangare, Archie Roach and The Specials. Photographer Trevor Villers shared with us some of his favourite shots of our locals in action.

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Lydia Cole Live In Devonport

On Friday March 10, Lydia Cole played her second-to-last show in New Zealand at The Vic in Devonport. Only a few weeks ago she released a new album, 'The Lay of The Land', and is now set to relocate to Europe. Photographer Trevor Villers went along to the show to take photos for us.

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Music In Parks In Hobsonville Point: Sunny Ray, Miller Yule and Anna Coddington

Music In Parks invited Anna Coddington, Miller Yule and Sunny Ray to play at Hobsonville Point on March 5,  Photographer Trevor Villers headed along to take a few photos.

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