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June 6, 2017

CW: Discussion of sexual assault For those of you who eagerly await Pitchfork’s every social media update with bated breath, you’ll likely be clued in on the current sexual abuse scandal surrounding indie band PWR BTTM. For those who aren’t aware, Ben Hopkins, who alternates between drums, guitar, and vocals for the two-piece, was accused […]

May 29, 2017

Otoboke Beaver are a no-holds-barred, wild punk band made up of four women from Kyoto, Japan. They work full-time at standard, respectable jobs during the week, and spend their weekends on jaunts around Japan throwing walls of screaming sound at their audiences. Their lyrics are entirely in Japanese, and they have recently made waves at […]

May 1, 2017

It is Thursday and I am on an island just outside of the city, in a cabin my father’s flamboyant boss owns. He is clearly enamoured of Marilyn Monroe, tribal vases, and hanging cheap plastic leis over everything. The blisters on my heels burn in a prickly way and I am convinced that I’m continually […]

May 1, 2017

Onono is the official moniker of Jono Nott, a local multi-instrumentalist who studied fine arts at Massey, and has played in various bands around Wellington’s indie scenes. He released his debut album as Onono, Bad Posture, at the end of last year, which was entirely self-produced and is filled with stone-cold bangers. I sat down […]

April 10, 2017

Wednesday: Yumi Zouma — these Christchurch dream poppers will no doubt get you hoppin’ and boppin’ down to Caroline at 9.00pm to hear what fine sonic delicacies they have prepared. Thursday: The Cactus Channel and Moses — The Cactus Channel are self-described as being “the moody instrumental children of Melbourne’s world famous soul scene,” which […]

March 27, 2017

The debut EP from Auckland group Pixels is a sweet and heartfelt mash of dreamy indie pop and bleeping cartoon-esque sounds. It opens with their 95bFM Top Ten minted early release single “Sleep Talk” — a soft but not overly saccharine love song combining the vocals of Cindy Tan and the man at the project’s […]

March 27, 2017

All Hail the Queen Whenever the subject of childhood celebrity crushes and/or role models comes up, my choice tends to induce confusion, squinting, and the occasional outraged splutter. If all you know her for is ridiculous caricatures of black women in bland comedy films, a painfully insipid talk show, and a strange foray into jazz […]

March 3, 2017

If you’re into quality, local, and independent music, enjoy being treated to an aural smorgasbord of global sounds, and don’t give a flying flip about those tunes being interspersed with witty repartee about Kylie Jenner’s latest foray into unnecessarily trendy makeup — you’ve likely been blasting Radioactive, or community-based stations like it, into your earholes […]