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Antagonist AD

Over the last 10 years Antagonist A.D. have grown a loyal and dedicated following through relentless touring on home turf and abroad. Zac Arnold joins frontman Sam Crocker to discuss their fourth album Haunt Me As I Roam and how New Zealand's hardcore scene has evolved over the last decade. [region] Auckland region,

From Radio NZ National Music on 29 May 2015

NZ Live - Luke Thompson

Tauranga-based singer songwriter Luke Thompson plays songs from his new EP "Strum, Strum".

From New Zealand Live on 29 May 2015

Carb on Carb

Fresh from touring Singapore, Malaysia and Australia, Auckland punk pop duo Carb on Carb, have just released their debut self-titled long player. Emma Smith learns about their mutual love of nineties emo and faking it till you make it.

From Radio NZ National Music on 23 May 2015

Introducing October

October introduces her song 'Voids'.

From Introducing on 23 May 2015

Remastering with Angus McNaughton

Emma Smith talk remastering, shaping sound to formats and more issues in contemporary sound finessing with mastering engineer Angus McNaughton.

From Radio NZ National Music on 23 May 2015

Faith No More - Sol Invictus

Faith No More last released a record together in 1997 before splitting the following year, and have just returned with Sol Invictus. Album producer - and founding Faith No More member - Billy Gould talks to Sam Wicks about the band's unlikely return.

From Radio NZ National Music on 23 May 2015


Auckland two-piece Heavy, have had a busy 12 months. From bedroom demos and D.I.Y. festivals to releasing their debut album Lock In and performing at St. Jerome's Laneway Festival. Zac Arnold picks the brains of Heavy's Reem Nabhani and Liam Dargaville to find out about their steady rise.

From Radio NZ National Music on 23 May 2015

SJD in session

SJD takes us inside his West Auckland studio for a session with Sandy Mill. Featuring songs from Saint John Divine and Southern Lights.

From Radio NZ National Music on 23 May 2015

NZ Live - Tiny Ruins

A one-woman show that became a trio, Auckland band Tiny Ruins have spent the last couple of years touring all over the world, with the likes of Sharon Van Etten, the Handsome Family, and alt-country heroes Calexico. Their most recent album, Brightly Painted One, won Best Alternative Album at the 2014 NZ Music Awards.

From New Zealand Live on 22 May 2015

Cowboys and Indies

Gareth Murphy's Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry, charts the difficult relationship between the artists, technology and the 'record men' for the last 160 years. Trevor Reekie and Gareth Murphy talk about the relevance of this history when dealing with the current challenges facing the music industry.

From Access All Areas on 20 May 2015

BB King - A Tribute

A tribute to the late BB King from Mississippi Public Broadcasting's Highway 61 Programme. Mississippi musician BB King, known as "King of the Blues" passed away on Friday 15 May 2015, aged 89. King is remembered as a person who endured great hardships early in life and influenced countless musicians. This programmes follows his career, his ups and downs and celebrates the greatness of the most influential bluesman of the modern era.

From Radio NZ National Music on 18 May 2015

Big Daddy

Phil O'Brien talks with long running southern California band Big Daddy, the original mash-up band that perform contemporary hits arranged and performed in the classic styles of 1950s rock & roll. Hear him get to the truth of why they do what they do.

From Radio NZ National Music on 16 May 2015

The Labcoats

The Labcoats are a six-piece superstar Wellington band who have finally released their second album, O'Potassium. Samuel Scott went along to the sound check of their album release to find out how a band of six acclaimed musicians remains so stubbornly obscure.

From Radio NZ National Music on 16 May 2015

Paul Weller

From his time fronting UK punk pioneers, The Jam, to delving into new wave soul with Style Council, to being hailed as the elder statesman of British guitar rock, Paul Weller's 40-year-plus career is one that has been stoked by his creative restlessness.

From Radio NZ National Music on 16 May 2015

Introducing Markdown

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From Introducing on 16 May 2015

Wywy Brix

Formerly known as Cartoon, Ryan Bennett discusses pushing his body to its limits, the joys of repetition and his debut album as Wywy Brix.

From Radio NZ National Music on 16 May 2015

She's So Rad -Tango

After a brief sojourn into disco, the Auckland duo of Anji Sami (Sami Sisters) and Jeremy Toy (Opensouls) return to their shoegaze roots on their new album Tango, keeping things interesting with a few searing lead breaks and guest rap vocals along the way.

From Radio NZ National Music on 16 May 2015

So Laid Back Country China

Glacially paced Wellington alt-country foursome So Laid Back Country China have just released their debut album, With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon. Emma Smith talks to co-vocalists Harriet Ferry and Michael Keane on how they came to work together.

From Radio NZ National Music on 16 May 2015

Jack Body

Friend and former student Daniel Beban recalls his first encounter with Jack Body and talks through some of his compositions.

From Radio NZ National Music on 16 May 2015

Darren Watson on BB King

Local bluesman Darren Watson recalls the time he met B.B. King, and talks about his lasting legacy.

From Radio NZ National Music on 16 May 2015

NZ Live - The Dancing and Drinking Society

It's New Orleans style swing-blues today on New Zealand Live, courtesy of 4 of the hardest working musicians in Wellington.

From New Zealand Live on 15 May 2015

Coming up

  • In The Sampler Nick Bollinger reviews the latest collection from The Warratahs and the debut of Songhoy Blues, and Melody Thomas discusses debut albums from Shamir and Irish singer-songwriter Soak


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