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July 17, 2016

★★★★★ What a fucking crazy and painful year 2016 has been so far. In the wake of the mass shootings in Orlando, footage of police violence, and post-Brexit racist attacks, producer and multi instrumentalist Dev Hynes released his third album as Blood Orange, announcing it with a handwritten note on Instagram: “My album is for […]

July 10, 2016

Ingoa? Thomas James Rawiri. Iwi? Waikato, Ngati Paoa, Ngati Kahu, Te Aupouri. He aha i tapaina ai ko IHI te ingoa o to roopū? He kupu e piri nei ki te mana tangata, me ngaa hua e pupuu ake kei roto. Aa, kaati ra kia whakaputaina tou IHI (light) ki te ao maarama. He aha […]

May 29, 2016

★★★★½ Kaytranada’s 99.9% is a spellbinding work, one which reflects a culmination of the vibrant jazz, disco, electronic, and hip-hop scene which is so sought after as of late. Boasting incredible features, including the mighty Craig David, Kaytranada brings out the best in all of them. His debut record illustrates his immense talent as a […]

May 22, 2016

When you gamble, your prerogative is to win. When you bet on a horse, you base your decision on history. If ‘The Schlong Machine’ has won every race for the last three years (without injury) that’s where you put your money. The music industry works the same way. At its core the music industry is […]

May 15, 2016

★★★★   First we were praying for the death of “Jenny,” and now we are worshipping a pit. It’s hard being a fan of Death Grips man. It’s almost comical, the amount of shenanigans that accompany a Death Grips release. In fact, the lack of shenanigans surrounding this new record is so uncharacteristic of Death […]

May 15, 2016

(noun) definition: a business, man.   Drake’s VIEWS came out on April 29. Old news—you already knew that. Plastered all over Apple Music, its cover art meme’d before any of us even heard it, and no doubt the cause of many a text to an ex—everyone and their goldfish has an opinion about Drake’s fourth […]

May 8, 2016

What was once the forbidden fruit of middle aged balding men has been reclaimed by the youth. Like baggy granddad sweaters or socks and sandals, vinyl is again an official fad (even though it never actually went away, just took a short hiatus). Records never stopped being made and never stopped being bought. In this […]

May 1, 2016

If you have found yourself loitering in the city recently, you’re sure to have seen the many rad posters containing the three numbers: 121, followed by a bold UNDERGROUND RAVE title. If you saw all of this and you were looking for a good time, you would’ve found yourself in the large basement under Ivy […]

April 17, 2016

It was touch and go for Homegrown festival, with the rain making an appearance the second year in a row. By midday the rain had cleared, and in classic kiwi spirit we were donning our gumboots heading to the waterfront. The setup of the stages along the waterfront meant a lot of walking was required. […]