Martha Louise

Chris Chetland

Red Hot Peppers

Songwriter's Choice: Grace Wood

Grace Wood won the Play It Strange songwriting competition in 2015. Since then her track ';Young, Naive and Reckless' has had over 250,000 plays on...

Golden Harvest

Shoes This High

Dragon's early days: a photo essay

Dragon's early days: a photo essay By Murray Cammick I first recall Dragon as one of the bands that played in the Albert Park band rotunda in the...

10 wild ones - part one

New Zealand rock'n'roll performances were pretty hectic right from the start. Our version of Elvis, Johnny Devlin, was backed by The Devils, who al...

Third Chapter

Arc Cafe

The date is 1997; the location 135 lower High Street, Dunedin. A stone's throw from the main street, the empty, dusty rooms of a once flashy and im...

Graham Wardrop

Graham Wardrop - luthiery

Luthiery has been a growing interest for Graham Wardrop since the late 1970s, early 80s when he lived on the Barrenjoey Peninsula, north of Sydney,...

Songwriter's Choice: Robert Scott

Known for his musical talent and songwriting skills within classic New Zealand groups The Clean and The Bats, as well as solo work and side project...

New Zealand musical comedy

In the austere 1950s, comedy and novelty records – featuring original songs or spoofs set to well-known classical or pop tunes – were Saturday nigh...

Jim Pilcher’s sixties scrapbook

Jim Pilcher has never played an instrument. "I'm probably tone deaf,” he says. "I just love music and I love what goes on behind the scenes.” In th...

Sneaky Feelings

Flight of the Conchords

Buster Stiggs

Ten tracks where hip hop meets jazz

Historically, hip hop has been more closely related to funk than any other genre of music. However, the 1990s brought a wave of jazz hip hop that h...

Rino Tirikatene

Charlotte Yates

Songwriter's Choice: Rikki Morris

When I was asked to name my 10 favourite New Zealand songs I immediately thought "that is impossible!” Futile even. How many brilliant Kiwi songs h...

Low Fidelity

Flashbacks of Dunedin's Record Stores When I hear that record, I can remember exactly where I was. That's the cliché, and for my generation, radio...

Roy Colbert in Rip It Up

Gentle, generous and gracious, Roy Colbert also had a puckish wit and could be a wicked raconteur. His letters and emails should be collected and p...

The Bilders Tour Europe

Bilders do the autobahn - Arno Loeffler Bill Direen: A Memory of Others is a feature-length road documentary chosen to screen at the New Zealand...

New Zealand classics that aren't - part one

New Zealand's rich musical past includes many songs that belong to us and are, in their recorded form, simply standards. New Zealanders young and o...

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New Zealand classics that aren't - part two

The Hi-Revving Tongues ‘Rain & Tears’ (Zodiac, 1969) The 1968 international hit by Aphrodite’s Child was not a hit in New Zealand and then-Phi...

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