Music Archive

Benee launches a record label

Pop star Benee has launched her own record label and her first signed artist recorded his EP using a back-up generator in the Coromandel.

The rare NZ vinyl that is selling for thousands of dollars

Bought that record 30 years ago for a couple of dollars? Now someone might pay thousands for it.

For L.A.B, the air is clear

They've been on the album charts for two years, they've had a number one single, and now they're one of our biggest live draws too. So what comes next for L.A.B?

All of the glitz and none of the glamour: Mapping Auckland’s venues of the 1980s

'Mapping Auckland's Venues' is a series which looks at the growth, contraction and general change in the city's live music scene over the years.

The man behind the music: Aucklander Ollie Wards is TikTok’s latest hire

Ollie Wards has joined TikTok as the music director for Australia and New Zealand. What does this mean for our local acts?

Amanda Palmer isn’t going anywhere

The singer opens up about life in New Zealand, crowdfunding, and the moment her husband left her in the middle of a pandemic.

Final Mix: The Phoenix Foundation made their new album with a little help from their friends

In the latest episode of Final Mix, Yadana Saw and The Phoenix Foundation’s Samuel Flynn Scott road test new songs from the band’s forthcoming album Friend Ship.

On his latest album Twice as Tall, Burna Boy exceeds his stature

The follow-up to African Giant finds an Afrobeats star at the peak of his powers.

What happened when John Campbell got ‘off his nut’ on kava with Melodownz

Ever wanted to see John Campbell lit on Kava? Look no further than Melodownz' new show, Kava Corner.

A brief intermission: Auckland’s live industry takes a nap

Auckland's live event scene has taken a Covid-mandated break, but what does that mean for artists and venues?

In full bloom: Paige on standing up, speaking out and always growing

The Always Growing songwriter tells us about her new EP and why she thinks it’s so important for NZ music to include voices like hers.

Review: Taylor Swift’s Folklore shuns big pop for pared-down poetry

Taylor Swift's surprise album folklore marks a step away from the noise and into the dark lushness of the woods, writes Sam Brooks

That’s our tucker: All the things Kiwis love in the new Kiwiburger song, ranked

How do the items on the new Kiwiburger hold up to a good ol' Spinoff power ranking?

Ticket scam bots are infesting Facebook. What happens when you chat to one?

As one of the few places on earth where live events are taking place, NZ is seeing its Facebook pages overrun by scammers trying to trick fans out of cash.

Under Cover: Troy Kingi and Warren Maxwell (WATCH)

This episode of Under Cover brings together musicians Troy Kingi and Warren Maxwell to play each other’s songs and have a yarn.

Ugly is beautiful and Oliver Tree is modern art

Oliver Tree is no flash-in-the-pan absurdist. He's honed his careers (music and scooters) for over a decade. Welcome to his first album.

From TikTok to Tami: This is the 2020 APRA Silver Scrolls longlist

The 2020 longlist for the APRA Silver Scroll Awards have just been announced. Here’s the full list of the 20 finalists, with the songs themselves to listen to.

So many festivals, too many men: An urgent message for festival bookers

Another year, another round of festival lineups full of men. Enough is enough.

Deryk is her name. Will the world know it by the year’s end?

A new EP from an unknown Auckland singer ignited a bidding war before she’d released a single. Today her debut single ‘Call You Out’ is released, with eerie parallels to Lorde’s rise.

The Side Eye: In the studio with The Beths

Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris spent a session in the recording studio with The Beths and got an intimate view of the beloved band at work.

Live from our living rooms: How The Beths accidentally made a variety show

As The Beths prepare for their first show in front of a crowd in months, they tell Josie Adams the stories behind Live From 'House'.

The album taking Khruangbin from cult status to worldwide acclaim

Andrew Drever interviews Texas-based trio Khruanngbin upon the release of their third album, Mordechai. 

Under Cover: Sharon Van Etten and Tiny Ruins (WATCH)

This episode of Under Cover brings together musicians Sharon Van Etten and Hollie Fullbrook (Tiny Ruins) to play each other’s songs and have a yarn.