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April 3, 2016

★★★★ During his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy studio sessions, Kanye West told producer Statik Selektah that jazz was dead. Statik responded with the jazz-inspired album What Goes Around, with features from Snoop Dogg, Joey Badass, and Action Bronson. It was met with widespread critical acclaim. A year later, Kendrick Lamar dropped the super-jazzy To […]

March 31, 2016

With Homegrown, New Zealand’s biggest celebration of multiple genres and national acts, on the horizon, we here in the music department of Salient thought to look towards those who know Homegrown festival best; the seasoned players, the professionals who can impart onto us their pearls of wisdom regarding Homegrown acts, the overall vibe, and the potential […]

March 20, 2016

Being new to Wellington, this year was my first foray to the Newtown festival. Passing through a crowd that reeked (both literally and metaphorically) of what I imagined Wellington would be like, I arrived at the Newtown Ave stage. I was shepherded into Alex’s flat from Groeni, which seemed to have had a previous life […]

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 […]

March 13, 2016

You’re here for Auckland City Limits and a couple of sideshows. Do you find touring enjoyable or is it quite laborious? It’s a horribly taxing experience and there’s a thousand ways to do it. I’ve been touring for going on three or four years now and have a certain love/hate relationship for it in ways […]

March 6, 2016

It’s often been said that some music is best heard live, and after seeing Death Cab for Cutie play in Wellington’s Opera House—I believe it. Playing the first of only two shows in New Zealand, this famed quartet has been called many things—indie pop, indie rock, alternative. Their style unable to fit a precise genre. […]

March 6, 2016

2015 was understatedly a great year for music, and 2016 is shaping up to be another blockbuster year. What with major record labels announcing imminent releases from artists such as Future, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga. But while these mainstream icons receive the limelight, it’s time to shine a different coloured light on a few […]

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 […]