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Nick Bollinger surveys songs about depression and discos from Reykjavík resident John Grant.

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Orchestra of Spheres China Tour Diary

On their first tour ever of the Peoples Republic of China, Orchestra of Spheres toured and long-time collaborator, VJ Lady Lazer Light, played 10 shows over two weeks all around the country, at clubs, festivals, DIY spaces, punk bars and BBQ restaurants. Here's their tour diary.

From Adventures in Musicland on 28 Nov 2015

Cheap Thrills Magazine

Cheap Thrills is a new, Christchurch-based music publication filled with essays and interviews by musicians and fans, with a strong focus on South Island-content tying it all together. Zac Arnold speaks to the team behind the mag.

From Radio NZ National Music on 28 Nov 2015

Anatomy of a Song - Jakob's "Magna Carta"

In this episode of Anatomy of A Song, RDU's Spanky Moore traces the orgins of Jakob's 'Magna Carta'.

From Anatomy of a Song on 28 Nov 2015

Anatomy of a Song - Jakob's "Magna Carta"

In this episode of Anatomy of A Song, RDU's Spanky Moore traces the orgins of Jakob's 'Magna Carta'.

From Anatomy of a Song on 28 Nov 2015

DJ Yella

DJ Yella was Dr Dre's production partner in N.W.A. En route to his Auckland show, Yella talks to Sam Wicks about his memories of the "World's Most Dangerous Group".

From Radio NZ National Music on 28 Nov 2015

Introducing: Unmap

Wellington bedroom producer Unmap presents "Luv Songs"

From Introducing on 28 Nov 2015

Moon Duo the trio

A lot has happened since 2013 when Music 101 last spoke to Moon Duo. Zac Arnold catches up on all the developments with singer/guitarist Ripley Johnson.

From Radio NZ National Music on 28 Nov 2015

Tame Impala and Trevor

On the recent tour to New Zealand, Tame Impala's Kevin Parker speaks to Emma Smith about the process of translating the music in your mind into music for your ears.

From Radio NZ National Music on 28 Nov 2015

A Short History of Jazz - The 1960s

Recorded live at the Museum of Wellington City and Sea in August last year, these four sessions trace the evolution of jazz from its early beginnings in the 1900s through the 1930s and 1940s to the 1950s. In each programme, New Zealand School of Music lecturers and music specialists perform the music from and discuss an era of their expertise. The 1960s - From bossa nova, through modal and jazz rock fusion and free jazz and soul jazz - with session host and band leader Norman Meehan. (RNZ)

From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Nov 2015

Introducing Yoko Zuna

Artist: Yoko Zuna Song: One's Cycle ft. Bailey Wiley Composer: Yoko Zuna Album: This Place Here Label: Yoko Zuna

From Introducing on 21 Nov 2015

The Conjurors - Hint

Auckland's heartiest party band The Conjurors have made a name for themselves by throwing caution, and themselves to the wind. Zac Arnold talks to Matthew Crawley and Gareth Shute about the new EP Hints.

From Radio NZ National Music on 21 Nov 2015

New Zealand Music Awards 2015

Affectionately known as the Tuis, the New Zealand Music Awards took over Auckland's Vector Arena on Thursday, with performances from Broods, Gin Wigmore, Janine & The Mixtape, Marlon Williams and Savage, and the induction of The Exponents into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame. Zac Arnold was in amongst it to bring you a courtside report on the music industry's red carpet event.

From Radio NZ National Music on 21 Nov 2015

Neil Finn live at the Auckland Town Hall

Neil Finn presents a solo career retrospective backed by a full string section, arranged by Kiwi composer, Victoria Kelly. Andre Upston was there to capture the Auckland Town Hall performance.

From Radio NZ National Music on 21 Nov 2015

Anatomy of a Song - So So Modern's The Worst is Yet to Come

In this instalment of Anatomy of a Song, Spanky Moore looks into "The Worst Is Yet To Come" by So So Modern.

From Anatomy of a Song on 21 Nov 2015

Jon Lemmon

For his new music video, Jon Lemmon summons a bunch of his friends to dance in his single bedroom. Yadana Saw gets behind the scenes on this crowdsourced music video.

From Adventures in Musicland on 21 Nov 2015

Chicks Hotel Closure

Port Chalmer's iconic music venue has just announced that it will close its doors in March 2016. Zac Arnold gets Mike Mcleod on the line to talk about the final summer fling.

From Radio NZ National Music on 21 Nov 2015

NZ Live - Louis Baker

Wellington-based singer/songwriter Louis Baker performs a live concert for RNZ.

From New Zealand Live on 20 Nov 2015

SJD live at Mercury Theatre

Performing his latest album Saint John Divine, in full, SJD is live the Mercury Theatre with RNZ engineer Andre Upston there to capture the show.

From Radio NZ National Music on 14 Nov 2015

Anatomy of A Song - Soulware's Return to the Source

In this week's Anatomy of A Song, RDU's Spanky Moore explores the origins of Soulware's 'Return to the Source'.

From Anatomy of a Song on 14 Nov 2015


Zach Saginaw began his career as a jazz drummer, before starting to release electronic music under the name Shigeto in 2009. While in town Tony Stamp caught up with Shigeto over a flat white on Auckland's K Rd.

From Radio NZ National Music on 14 Nov 2015

Tomorrow People

Upon the release of their new album Bass and Bassinets, Tomorrow People speak to Emma Smith about their "Sunshine Reggae" sound.

From Radio NZ National Music on 14 Nov 2015


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