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April/May 2017

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Interviews

Fazerdaze: Morningside Is Life

Amelia Murray is the shy enchantress behind the dreamy fuzz-guitared world of Fazerdaze. After moving north from Wellington to Auckland to study music she served her uni time playing in bands, alongside ...

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FEATURES

Interviews

Stonehurst: Fighting The Urge

Along with writing smart rock songs, Stonehurst guitar/vocalist Tim Hunt clearly enjoys the telling of a good story. Like the band’s unlikely links to Evermore, or the one about how the five-piece which ...

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Interviews

The Map Room: Atmospheric Pressures

The musical output of smart Kiwi production duo The Map Room is typically described as ‘atmospheric indie pop’. Clever then that the second album from them should be titled ‘Weatherless’, even ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Balu Brigada

Balu Brigada is quite literally a band of brothers – comprising three Beasley brothers and one close friend. Henry Beasley owns lead guitar and vocals, with brothers Pierre manning the keyboard and Charles ...

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Interviews

Sonic Delusion: All That Glitters

New Plymouth library might not be the most rock and roll of settings but according to Alastair Ross it provided an ideal location to chat to a relaxed and enthusiastic Andre Manella (aka Sonic Delusion) ...

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Interviews

Clap Clap Riot: Grab Yourself A Number

‘Dull Life’ – hardly an inspirational kind of album title you might think, but then again ‘Parklife’ did Blur no harm back in the mid ’90s. Clap Clap Riot have a strong history of enigmatic ...

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Interviews

Niko Ne Zna: Food For The Dancing Soul

A quick Google will tell you that there are as many basic recipes for borscht as there are past and present members of Wellington brass act Niko Ne Zna. Actually far more, even though the capital’s self-titled ...

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Interviews

David Dallas: Under The Hood

Running hard off the back of his Platinum-selling single Runnin’ and its Gold-charting follow up The Wire, David Dallas had a 2014 to remember. His third album ‘Falling Into Place’ earned him three ...

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Interviews

Thomas Oliver: On Life Beyond Mars

Despite an already solid and diverse career playing in his own band, providing vocals for drum ’n bass tracks, putting out the first all-instrumental Weissenborn slide-guitar record (2013’s ‘Beneath ...

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Interviews

Elan Vital: The Future Is Retro

Dunedin electronic trio Elan Vital make synth-based music that washes all around you in the manner of the waves at St Kilda on a post dance party Sunday. Occasionally the water is calm and warmly familiar, ...

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LESSONS

Building Blocks

Building Blocks: Stage Trek Ep 6 – Club Gigs

This column has covered club gigs several times in the past, but here I want to focus on three important points that fit nicely into this Stage Trek miniseries. First, finding and booking gigs at local ...

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Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice: Time To Take A Self-Esteem Bath

Much space was left behind in the wake of my last column about the myth of needing the self-confidence to sing. Listing pitfalls of over and under-confidence didn’t provide strategies of how to grow ...

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X-Factory

X-Factory: Lorde – Green Light

It must be challenging for any artist to follow up a successful debut album, let alone a Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum single like Royals. Prior to the release of Green Light, Lorde discussed how ...

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Legal Advice

Legal Bandwidth: Contract? Get it in Writing – and Signed

Have you ever been in a bad relationship? When things go south you need to know where you stand – what’s rightfully yours and theirs – so you can move on (and move out) without cutting your record ...

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MUSIC

Hiboux

Command The Earth To Swallow Me Up

22/06/2017

Ginzu And The Steak Knives

Final Form EP

20/06/2017

Julie Lamb

Ordinary Days

19/06/2017

Stretch

Bury All Horses

15/06/2017

Lake South

If You're Born On An Island The Ocean Heals You

09/06/2017

Tyrannosaurus Wreck

Tyrannosaurus Wreck

08/06/2017

Anna Hawkins

Bold, Brave And Beautiful

06/06/2017

Madam Tsunami

Long Way From Home

24/05/2017

Paul Gurney With The Desotos

Shadow Of Love

20/05/2017

Same Name Confusion

Self-titled

15/05/2017

The Map Room

Weatherless

09/05/2017

Midweektonic

Innocence Lost

08/05/2017

French For Rabbits

The Weight Of Melted Snow

05/05/2017

Ceol Manawatu

Till

02/05/2017

The Bamboo

Self-titled

01/05/2017

Miss Peach & The Travellin' Bones

Sand

28/04/2017