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New Horizons with William Dart

Pere Ubu album cover detail

New releases from Pere Ubu, Sparks and Franz Ferdinand collaborate as FFS, and it's happy birthday to a certain 72-year old rocker.

An unapologetic gorefest

a metaller and a beauty queen eat icecream on a park bench

A new NZ film mixes heavy metal, humour, and horror. The zombie apocalypse Deathgasm is thrilling bogans world-wide.

Celebrating Māori musicians

Tama Huata

Narelle and Ellison Huata talk about the life and legacy of their father, the late composer, mentor and Māori performing arts teacher, Tama Huata.


Darren Hart

India born, Melbourne raised Prince protégé Darren Hart's determined mastery of the guitar saw him turn heads at an early age.

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Dylan goes Electric

Nick Bollinger talks to author and musician Elijah Wald about the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan's electrified appearance at the Newport Folk Festival, an event that shook up the worlds of folk and rock music.

From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Jul 2015

Introducing - ENT

E N T's track T.H.L. from the album Post Traumatic Television

From Introducing on 25 Jul 2015

Troy Kingi - This is Home

DJ Amber Smith from Tai Tokerau's Radio Ngāti Hine talks about Troy Kingi's This is Home

From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Jul 2015

APRA Live Performance Return

Not just a content producer for M101, Zac Arnold also performs in Sere. Here he is about to lodge his APRA Live Performance Return and find out whether or not he and his bandmates will be laughing all the way to the bank. [region] Auckland region

From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Jul 2015

Alien Weaponry

Alien Weaponry are a three-piece heavy rock outfit hailing from rural Northland/ Te Tai Tokerau, and have been the opening act for the likes of Shihad and Devilskin. With an average age of 14, Craig Hayes catches up with band while on tour in the school holidays.

From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Jul 2015

Lawrence Arabia - Lonesome

The 2015 New Zealand International Film Festival pairs Lawrence Arabia and his drummer's side band, the Carnivorous Plant Society, with the 1928 silent romance film, Lonesome. Sophie Wilson catches up with them during rehearsal.

From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Jul 2015

Albert Hammond Jr

Zac Arnold speaks to former Strokes guitartist Albert Hammond Jr about his third solo album Momentary Masters

From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Jul 2015

Toni Huata - Matariki - Te Wiki o te Reo

2015 marks 40 years since Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori began. Melody Thomas speaks with Toni Huata about maori language week and the video she'll release this week to mark the occasion.

From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Jul 2015


Ahead of his NZ tour, Henry Laufer AKA Shlohmo talks to Tony Stamp about his new sound and his new band.

From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Jul 2015


Prince protégé Harts talking to Sam Wicks about the connection he made with His Royal Badness ahead of his Auckland and Wellington shows.

From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Jul 2015

Womad 2015 Live: Fanfare Ciocarlia, Flavia Coelho

Hear an interview with and live performance from 12 piece brass band, Fanfare Ciocarlia - all hailing from the same small village in North eastern Romania. Celebrated globally for their eclectic repertoire of Gypsy infused Balkan brass traditions delivered at breakneck speed, Fanfare Ciocarlia defy all preconceptions of brass band music. We also feature a performance from petite Brazilian chanteuse, Flavia Coelho. Accompanied by her very slick band, Flavia presented a repertoire that was a fusion of Samba, bossa nova and hip hop.

From Radio NZ National Music on 24 Jul 2015

NZ Live - Ladykillers

One of the most soulful musical partnerships of the last decade live in the studio – Suzanne Lynch, Tina Cross and Jackie Clarke.

From New Zealand Live on 24 Jul 2015

Introducing Mimsy Cable

Mimsy Cable's title track from her LP The Coral Reef

From Introducing on 18 Jul 2015

The Secret Life of Synesthetes

Emma Smith talks to people who see colours, feel textures and tastes when they hear sound in The Secret Life of Synaesthetes.

From The Secret Life Of on 18 Jul 2015

Introverted Dancefloor

Yadana Saw catches up with Bevan Smith in his latest incarnation, Introverted Dancefloor, upon the release of new single "Happiness is Such a Mess"

From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Jul 2015


Deathgasm, a homegrown heavy metal horror comedy premieres at this year's New Zealand International Film Festival. Featuring an ear-splitting collection of local and international bands on it's soundtrack, Music 101's resident bogan, Craig Hayes, caught up with Deathgasm director Jason Lei Howden.

From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Jul 2015

Phil Dadson: Sonics from Scratch

The sonic explorations of From Scratch founder and intermedia artist Phil Dadson are explored in Simon Ogston and Orlando Stewart's documentary, Phil Dadson: Sonics From Scratch. Emma Smith talks to the subject of the film ahead its New Zealand International Film Festival screening.

From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Jul 2015

Ant Healy on the Missisng 1981 Silver Scroll

APRA Head of Operations Anthony Healy talks us through the Top 20 songs put forward for this year's APRA Silver Scroll Award, plus the nominees for the 'Lost Scroll' of 1981.

From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Jul 2015

MUM Club

Cassette Nine's MUM is club night that has been a staple of Auckland's Friday nightlife for the past seven years. Having frequented the night a fair bit himself, Zac Arnold tracked down the people who curated countless evenings of music and excess.

From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Jul 2015

Ladi6 - The Alpha Sessions

Ladi6 has embarked on a residency at Auckland and Wellington institution, Matterhorn, crewing with special guests for The Alpha Sessions. Ladi talks with Sam Wicks about the month-long stint.

From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Jul 2015


Brooklyn-based electronic instrumentalists Ratatat have channelled the guitar histrionics of Queen's resident astrophysicist, Dr Brian May, on their fifth studio LP, Magnifique. Ratatat multi-instrumentalist Mike Stroud talks to Emma Smith

From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Jul 2015

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