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August 5, 2019

For many of us Pacific people growing up, homegrown music meant “They Don’t Know” by Aaradhna and Savage on blast in the people mover; you and your cousins screaming—“Huh? Yo! That can’t be true! Now you wouldn’t be lyin to my face, now, would you?”  It was that tune from Once Were Warriors: “What’s the […]

February 12, 2019

Auckland’s Laneway Festival pulled no punches at the stunning Albert Park this year, accompanied by beautiful weather, a sickening number of crafty food stalls, and sunblock to boot. A variation of acts left for a wide spectrum of punters, mixing from the indie rock stylings of Yellow Days to the neo-soul of Ravyn Lenae to […]

November 22, 2018

Miss June’s new single Twitch stays true to the four piece’s stripped-back DIY nature but offers waves of pop that the band previously avoided with onus. In their upcoming album, frontwoman Annabel Liddell processes her own med school experiences, like her first time cutting open a living, breathing body. I called Annabel days after she finished […]

October 8, 2018

Generally by September/October, I feel like the race for Album of the Year has usually run its course. Yet, every year without fail, some phenomenal project will pop up and complicate my list. Noname — of the flourishing Chicago scene, and collaborator of Chance the Rapper, Saba, Smino, and more – is one of my […]

October 1, 2018

Performing at the sold-out Wellington Opera House, Courtney Barnett demonstrated her international success and experience: blending dreamy indie-rock with a punkier sludge, supplemented by plenty of energy and volume. The third and final show in the NZ leg of her international tour, Courtney rocked the venue for two hours, and left us wanting more. Since […]

September 24, 2018

Around a month ago, legendary Kiwi rapper Tom Scott released the self-titled debut from his new project Avantdale Bowling Club. This record presents a sonic shift towards a cosmic jazz influence but, at the same time, embraces and furthers the same sense of autobiography, realness, and honesty that has made Scott’s work in Home Brew, […]

September 17, 2018

Given the theme in Salient this week, I thought it would be prudent to look back at some of the seminal releases from a genre that encapsulates physicality, romance, sensuality, swagger, and charisma. Neo-soul is a genre I gravitate towards when listening to music, or discovering artists from years ago, and I think it dominates […]

September 11, 2018

Aotearoa has a diverse and small music industry, with many successful exports and a sometimes-hidden or soon to be discovered local talent. Yes, there is Stan Walker and the like but there is also much more to be discovered in the slightly less mainstream spheres. I’d like to draw your attention to two important Māori […]

August 20, 2018

Followers of Anthony Fantano’s YouTube channel, The Needle Drop, will be familiar with his YUNOREVIEW section, in which Fantano reviews various albums he didn’t manage to get to in a full review context. As we approach the mid trimester break, I thought I’d make my own version of Fantano’s segment. The Internet – Hive Mind […]

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