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The Record Store Of The Mind

Josh Rosenthal talks about the eclectic catalogue of American music which he has dedicated thirty years to discovering and releasing. (AUDIO)

DIY Touring the World

A a new video series from Blink (Ian Jorgenson) - the brain behind A Low Hum underground music tours, fanzines, festivals and photography.

Jinga-jik Guitar

Explore the Māori strumming style, its origins and its place in popular music and the māori performing arts spectrum. (AUDIO)

The Fall and Rise of Harpsichord 6

James Gardner delves into the surprisingly colourful and quirky story of a harpsichord that travelled the world, its maker, and subsequent owners. (AUDIO, GALLERY)

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The Mixtape: Moana Maniapoto

In our final New Zealand Music Month Mixtape, writer, broadcaster, filmmaker, singer and songwriter Moana Maniapoto plays us her favourite tunes from Aotearoa.

From Radio NZ National Music on 28 May 2016

Introducing: Merk

This week's Introducing is only a week old. This is Merk.

From Introducing on 28 May 2016

Lordes in Waiting

Asti-Loren, Maya Payne and Nakita. These three young women are changing the way New Zealand makes pop music, and they’re doing it one carefully crafted post and polished pop song at a time.

From Radio NZ National Music on 28 May 2016

Trinity Roots This Road

Trinity Roots are about to embark on a winter tour with dates in New Zealand and Australia - but their first stop is China. Yadana Saw pops into the rehearsal room for a chat with the band.

From Radio NZ National Music on 28 May 2016

Rüfüs' Spotify Spins and EDM Wins

Sydneyside electronic dance trio Rüfüs tell Sam Wicks about their EDM wins in Australia and beyond.

From Radio NZ National Music on 27 May 2016

NZ Live - Tom Cunliffe

Tom Cunliffe describes himself as a story teller of moonlit folk songs. He's another in a long list of local musicians who have made the pilgrimage to the Sitting Room Studio in Lyttleton. What he's come up with is an album of 12 distinctly different, catchy folk songs with a rough rock edge. He calls it music for midnight drunks and the broken-hearted. Tom Cunliffe and his merry band play tracks from his debut album "Howl and Whisper".

From New Zealand Live on 27 May 2016

Pacific Heights' The Stillness

Pacific Heights' Devin Abrams introduces Sam Wicks to a handful of cuts from The Stilness.

From Radio NZ National Music on 27 May 2016

The Mixtape: David Benge

For New Zealand Music Month we've invited our guests to make us a mixtape of their fave local release. This week David Benge of VICE New Zealand sits down with Zac Arnold.

From Radio NZ National Music on 21 May 2016

The Runaways’ Cherie Currie

Cherie Currie of all-female 70s rock group 'The Runaways' talks to Kiran Dass about drugs, rock 'n' roll and sexual abuse allegations. 

From Radio NZ National Music on 20 May 2016

NZ Live: Avalanche City

This afternoon a man who began playing guitar at age nine. In his teens he was in many bands and went on to study music at Waikato Institute of Technology, graduating in 2005 with a Bachelor of Media Arts in Commercial Music. At the end of 2009 he quit his job as a music writer and began recording bands in his own studio. That's when he started creating his own melodies and honing his singing voice. This led to live performances and the start of his, now internationally known, band Avalanche City. He is Dave Baxter

From New Zealand Live on 20 May 2016

Weezer's Scott Shriner on 'The White Album'

Weezer's Scott Shriner talks to Yadana Saw about his band's new self-titled set, also known as 'The White Album'.

From Radio NZ National Music on 20 May 2016

Bizzy Bone's Survivor's Story

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony's Bizzy Bone speaks with Sam Wicks about overcoming his troubled past.

From Radio NZ National Music on 20 May 2016

Introducing Space Above

Space Above introduce their song 'Shades'.

From Introducing on 17 May 2016

Cleve Cameron's Primal Digital

Cleve Cameron introduces us to his new solo album, Welcome to the Primal Digital.

From Radio NZ National Music on 17 May 2016

The Mixtape - Andrew Tolley

For New Zealand Music Month we've invited our guests to make us a mixtape of their fave local releases. Here is Andrew Tolley's C60 of underground rarities and obscure tracks from our land.

From Radio NZ National Music on 14 May 2016

Blink talks about the DIY Touring the World web series

Blink AKA Ian Jorgenson is tireless promoter, manager and local music champion. On the release of his web series D.I.Y. Touring the World, Blink talks to Zac Arnold about the project.

From Radio NZ National Music on 14 May 2016

New Zealand Live with Auckland Alt/Indie/Pop Quartet The Leers

In 2009, four friends attending Mount Maunganui College, entered their band in the Rock Quest. They didn't win but the band has endured and have now released their debut album, "Are You Curious?" Normally a quartet, today they've added a 5th member. They are "the Leers".

From New Zealand Live on 13 May 2016

Louie Knuxx transformed

Louie Knuxx, rapper, podcaster and youth worker, talks with Sam Wicks about his new album Tiny Warm Hearts.

From Radio NZ National Music on 13 May 2016

Introducing Tom Cunliffe

Alt-country-folk newcomer Tom Cunliffe introduces his song 'There's Your Lord' from his album Howl And Whisper.

From Introducing on 13 May 2016

Josh Rosenthal of Tompkins Square

Tompkins Square's label head Josh Rosenthal chronicles his musical journey in 'The Record Store of the Mind', a book about his thirty years releasing an eclectic catalogue of American music.

From Access All Areas on 11 May 2016

The Mixtape: David Ridler

For NZ Music Month, we invite musical guests compile a C60 of local sounds, and talk us through their selections. This week David Ridler, NZ on Air's new head of music sits down with Kirsten Johnstone.

From Radio NZ National Music on 07 May 2016


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