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May 29, 2016

You know what, 2016 has been a bumper crop. We’ve had Kanye, Kendrick, Radiohead, James Blake, Chance, Rihanna, Drake, BADBADNOTGOOD, Bowie—like holy crap that’s bonkers. 2016 has probably been the best year for the sheer quantity of good music released in a long time. But this isn’t about those huge names. This is going to […]

March 20, 2016

When I was younger, I went water skiing with my family. I wasn’t particularly good at it, spending more time with my head underwater than I did standing up. But, despite this constant failure, I quite enjoyed myself, until all of a sudden something touched my legs. Looking back, this was probably a piece of […]

March 13, 2016

Sufjan Stevens has made a mixed bag of albums. He’s not your cookie cutter artist; instead each album is loving crafted with it’s own unique flavour and texture. It was with this in mind that I was so interested to attend his recent performance at the Michael Fowler center. Carrie and Lowell, his most recent […]

February 28, 2016

  It’s been three years since the release of Yeezus, and six since My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (MBDTF). One thing remains constant: Kanye West is a fucking genius when it comes to music. Especially when it comes to the progression of a genre. Every album he has released has shifted the rap scene by […]

February 21, 2016

This year’s Laneway lineup was flavoursome. Grimes, Shamir, CHVRCHES and Vince Staples selected as the base ingredients, some QT, HEALTH and DIIV to spice things up, a healthy smattering of some of New Zealand’s biggest bands, and it was looking like a tasty dish indeed. Armed with a coveted media pass, Salient made the long […]

September 27, 2015

I love music. A lot. If I could only have one sense, it would be hearing. I seriously couldn’t live if I couldn’t hear. That sounds so clichéd, but I say it with complete sincerity. I managed to get a job where my primary purpose is to listen to it, and make sure other people […]

February 22, 2015

If you’ve ever been to town on a Friday or Saturday night, you’ve probably seen this four-person band playing outside Courtenay Place’s Reading Cinemas.