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02/04/2024

Shark vs Lion: From Inside

There's something exciting about seeing an artist progress with consecutive albums, particularly so with a multi-talented ...

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04/03/2024

The Stomach: 35 in 2023

The Stomach is 35 years old, and manager Abi Symes says enthusiastically that they're ready for "whatever!" Local legend ...

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13/09/2023

Shepherds Reign: Ala Mai

Five long years after their eponymous first album release and building on the success of recent kickass single Le Manu, heavy-weight ...

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12/09/2023

Caught Inside: 5 Star Shag EP

A concise album of intimately confessional poppy songs from Te Whanganui-a-Tara-based Caught Inside, ‘5 Star Shag’ is ...

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19/07/2023

Bazurka: Novi Grad All Stars

What is it about Te Whanganui-A-Tara that it can produce so many great Balkan-style bands like Bazurka? Novi Grad All Stars ...

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14/06/2023

Synthetic Children: Everything’s Perpetual

This album is a thudding, bumping, stuttering rumination on life as experienced by Te Papa-i-Oea electronica act Synthetic ...

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26/07/2021

Fresh Talent: Ripple Effect

In 2019, before they'd even released anything officially, Ripple Effect were approached by Hawaiian group Rebel Souljahz ...

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28/05/2021

Mister Unit: The Giddy Heights of Mediocrity EP

Grab a dictionary, look up ‘plethora’, and you’ll find the definition: ‘the number of guitar players in Mister Unit’. ...

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ABG: Watershed

Immersive soundscapes ahoy! Josh Finegan shows his electronic range, under the moniker ABG, on this six-track album. Watershed ...

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