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AuthorOlly Clifton

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July 17, 2017

I was working the camera at a livestream for 95bFM up in Auckland when I first saw Fazerdaze play. It was in the middle of a 20 Bands in Two Hours event for the NZ music show, a little over halfway in. Amelia Murray played a semi acoustic version of “Shoulders” (having only named it […]

May 22, 2017

Glass Vaults released their second album The New Happy last week, following their first full length Sojourn in 2015. The new album was recorded over the last two years in Blue Barn Recording Studios out in Mount Cook. The band is originally from Wellington with members now spread out to Christchurch and Auckland. Frontman Richard […]

May 15, 2017

Shoegaze is a strange genre, named after the fact that bands spent entire shows staring down at the guitar pedals at their feet instead of looking at the crowds they were playing to. It’s a kind of music particularly laden in clichés, sad guitar playing, and average poem-writing teens expressing some personal emotions probably a […]

April 3, 2017

Kraus has been kicking around the Auckland underground scene for quite a while now, frequently dropping albums of lo-fi psych rock instrumentals recorded with homemade modular synths, tape drum loops, and guitars running through fuzzed out effects boxes. His stream of steady releases has gained the attention of international indie labels and his latest record […]

March 13, 2017

Ex-Wellington resident Skymning has left for London and dropped his latest EP Nestled Between Vast Depressions as something of a parting gift. Skymning has been making music in Wellington for around five years now, with steady Bandcamp releases since his 2012 album 1993. A stalwart of the local scene, he’s collaborated with the likes of […]

March 6, 2017

Dunedin musician Kane Strang released his self-recorded debut album Blue Cheese on Flying Nun in 2015. It’s pretty straightforward indie rock, but underpinned with some excellent pop songwriting and Kane’s particular knack for writing dismally sad but incredibly catchy lyrics. Kane had also released a very good album (since removed from the internet) A Pebble […]

February 26, 2017

Auckland’s seventh Laneway festival took place, at the start of February, up the road from its traditional Silo Park venue. The move to Albert Park, a more open and shadier space, was welcomed by the many pasty, indoorsy types who frequent the festival. A few scheduling and technical difficulties were largely overlooked and the performers […]

October 2, 2016

Victoria University has seen a “considerable increase” in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE) for research and citations of research produced by academic staff. The university is now placed in the top two per cent of universities globally, sitting in the 451–500 top bracket. This puts VUW third equal in New Zealand with […]

October 2, 2016

A University of Canterbury student has been hospitalised after attempting a stunt in order to join the Engineering Society of Canterbury (ENSOC) committee. The 20-year old student lit his hair on fire and attempted to jump from a roof into a one meter deep paddling pool. He missed it narrowly and suffered a serious spinal […]