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April/May 2014

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Dave McArtney – Gutter Black

Gutter Black – A Memoir By Dave McArtney Published by Harper Collins, rrp $50 Having worked on it for well over a decade, Dave McArtney delivered the completed manuscript for this book just weeks ...

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On Foreign Soil

On Foreign Soil: Eden Roberts goes to SXSW

Just turned 18 when she fronted as a contestant in X-Factor, Eden Roberts distinguished herself by playing an original song in her first stage outing – good enough to bring fulsome accolades from all ...

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Interviews

@Peace: Intergalactic Aspirations

‘To celebrate the one year anniversary of Pluto’s independence @Peace & The Plutonian Noise Symphony will be traveling to co-ordinate ^728.oP (commonly known as planet earth) to broadcast their ...

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Interviews

State Of Mind: Eating Richly, Travelling Widely

Patrick Hawkins and Stuart Maxwell have impressively kept their band together for over a decade now, time enough to have also built State Of Mind into a brand of considerable significance on the global ...

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Features

Moments Like These: Kevin Borich

Guitarist, singer, songwriter Kevin Borich is the founding member of Auckland band The La De Das who in the '’60s carved out a formidable reputation as one of most exciting live bands on the local circuit. ...

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Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Korg KROSS 61 Workstation

KROSS is a new ‘music workstation’ style synthesiser range from Korg. Workstations are designed to be everything you’'d ever need in a keyboard: a massive range of sounds; effects to change those sounds ...

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Interviews

Yumi Zouma: When Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Who knows where Yumi Zouma got their name, but they promptly, and sensibly, used it for their debut EP, released by New York/London label, Cascine, in February this year. With the scene set by first single ...

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Interviews

Rob Thorne: Blending Ancient and Modern

Rob Thorne has been in the alt-Palmy scene for over two decades, since back when there was a strong industrial experimental noise thing happening. He has since continued to explore that free ethic, playing ...

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Interviews

Little Lapin: Bouncing Ahead

Even before this Plymouth-born and raised rabbit packed up her few bags and followed the northern wind, from her adopted home of Raglan to Auckland city, Lucy Cioffi had garnered quite a name for herself ...

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Interviews

Tami Neilson: Blowing Up Large!

You might have to hold the folded cardboard CD cover up close to notice that it actually reads, ‘Tami Neilson is Dynamite!’ – the ‘is’ presented almost invisibly in 2pt font. In similarly tiny ...

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Interviews

Liam Finn: Accidental Doctrine of Destruction

Since his teenage Betchadupa days, the NZ music public has now known Liam Finn for half his 30-year old life. His two previous solo albums have proven him unafraid to forge a own unique, bearded career-path, ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Strangely Arousing

Strangely Arousing are a five-piece reggae/ska act hailing, originally, from Rotorua. With three of them now studying jazz at NZSM in Albany, the band recently made the jump to Auckland. Still Rotorua ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Troika

Depending on your reference, the Russian word Troika' can mean a set of three politicians or judges, or a trio of horses pulling the same sled. In the case of Christchurch’'s atmospheric rockers of the ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: The No Problemos

Hailing from the Kapiti Coast, just outside of Wellington city, The No Problemos are no strangers to the NZ hip hop scene. Since releasing their self-titled debut album in January last year, the group ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Trust Punks

 "Whenever I try to describe it, I just say it'’s loud... and there’'s a melody."” So says Trust Punks'’ drummer Liam Powell with a wry smile. Barely one year old, Trust Punks are already making ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Lightning Bells

It'’s a rare and beautiful thing when an album makes you grin like an idiot whilst doing a little dance at the lights, as you walk to work – which is exactly the effect Lightning Bells’ EP ‘Chime’ ...

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Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Maton SRS 70c Acoustic Guitar

As a young lad in a musical family I loved picking up my dad'’s 1959 Maton Supreme, EG 240 and belting out a tune or two. From an early age, I heard a quality in these Australian-made guitars that left ...

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Interviews

Sherpa: Mighty Cool Audible Realities

Despite enjoying considerable student radio success over five or six years, two EPs and an album, Sherpa’s path to date has been decidedly up and down. Management and label support seem elusive and commercial ...

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Gear Reviews

Gear Review: LAG Guitars’ T66A Acoustic

LAG Guitars are designed in France and made in China – as are many of the world’s guitars these days. LAG have quite a fine history in France with their electric guitars and have more recently turned ...

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LESSONS

Tutors' Tutorial

Tutors’ Tutorials: Logic’s New Drummer (Part 2)

In the last issue we had an introductory look at Logic’'s new drummers. This time we’ll look at how to get a little more out of them.  The dials on the far right hand side of the edit interface tell ...

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Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice: Focus, young Jedi!

Yoda – Sigh… "Always with you what cannot be done. Hear you nothing that I say? You must unlearn what you have learned.”" Luke – "Alright, I’ll give it a try."” Yoda – "No! Try not… Do! ...

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Building Blocks

Building Blocks: Peak Performance Part 1 – Getting to the Gig

In this column I'’ve discussed issues from the professional level all the way back to the musician who'’s just starting out. For the next few issues, we'’re going to look at what’'s in the middle.  For ...

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Guitar Cool

Guitar Cool: Common Guitar Learning Myths

There are many myths around learning guitar. Here are some that are commonly heard, followed by what really happens in practice. In most cases it is the exact opposite of what you hear. Most other guitar- ...

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