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August 6, 2007

Whoever said metal and ‘80s electro pop would never work obviously has never listened to Enter Shakari’s debut masterpiece.

July 30, 2007

A while ago a friend asked me to make him a CD’s worth of definitive early hip-hop. I never got around to it, but instead I offer this advice: listen to Vintage Groove’s Old School Hip Hop Volume One. Two discs jam-packed with some of the most influential hip-hop tracks from 1980 to 1993.

July 30, 2007

It’s a bit complicated to review the second album from English indie band Art Brut. Their first album was an interesting mix of great and really mediocre songs, and this album has kept up this unfortunate tradition. Most songs are filled with dull, guitar-heavy riffs with singer Eddie Argos slowly singing/talking over the music.

July 30, 2007

There are three music genres that are making the local charts, getting backing from NZ on Air and filling poster billboards nationwide at the moment: guitar based indie, pop-punk and roots/reggae. But what if, as a musician, your chosen genre isn’t as esteemed in New Zealand?

July 30, 2007

Friday’s Nina Nastasia and Jim White show at Bodega was marvellous, showcasing two performers at the height of their craft.

July 30, 2007

7-9 Monday nights with Kristen and Lisa The Demo Station is a show aimed at getting unsigned local and national artists to send their demos in and get airplay, which the hosts Kristen Patterson and Lisa Brown stress that “even if its just real crap quality,” will be accepted.

July 30, 2007

Resurrecting the iconic sounds of the past, The Little Bushman left the San Francisco Bathhouse mesmerized by their captivating performance.

July 23, 2007

Tuatahi ko wai a Ngaruaa? He roopu waiata a Ngaruaa, Ko Christine Waitai Raapana raaua ko Acushla Deanne O’Carroll.

July 16, 2007

God gave Liam a very good set of cards; this boy has the gift of melody in his blood.