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  • Mogwai - 20 years of glorious noise ( 12′ 41″ )

    For two decades Glaswegian band Mogwai has consistently redefined the loud-quiet-loud conventions of post-rock. Known for their fearsome - and at times uncomfortably loud - shows, they're in New Zealand this weekend.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 10 Mar 2015

  • NZ Live - Anthonie Tonnon ( 38′ 12″ )

    Anthonie Tonnon is our guest on New Zealand Live today. He's a singer songwriter who is fast making a name for himself as a keen, and astute observer of human nature in all of its complexity.

    From Afternoons on 06 Mar 2015

  • Don't Lose This by Pops Staples ( 5′ 51″ )

    Nick Bollinger reviews the last recordings of the late Pops Staples.

    From The Sampler on 03 Mar 2015

  • Electric by Richard Thompson ( 14′ 34″ )

    Nick Bollinger talks to guitar hero and WOMAD 2015 headliner Richard Thompson.

    From The Sampler on 03 Mar 2015

  • What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World by The Decemberists ( 7′ 58″ )

    Nick Bollinger reviews an unusually concept-free set from The Decemberists.

    From The Sampler on 03 Mar 2015

  • The Secret Life of Music Therapists ( 27′ 27″ )

    Even before birth we are attuned to the tone and rhythm of our mother's heartbeat and voice. Music and sound can move us in deeply profound ways and it is a language anyone can speak. From toddlers with special needs to people overcoming eating disorders and palliative care patients, we learn that music is a powerful medicine in many different worlds.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 28 Feb 2015

  • Introducing: Instant Fantasy ( 5′ 48″ )

    Gemma Syme introduces her solo project Instant Fantasy.

    From Introducing on 28 Feb 2015

  • Splore 2015 ( 12′ 27″ )

    It's been hailed by many artists as the most beautiful setting they have ever played at, and after years of being a biennial affair the environmentally conscious music and arts festival Splore is now an annual event. Situated on the shores of Tapapakanga Regional Park near Auckland, Splore hosts a plethora of local and international artists who bring their sounds to a crowd of more than 6000. Among them for Splore 2015 was Music 101 correspondent, Mani Dunlop.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 28 Feb 2015

  • The Return of The Pop Group ( 15′ 05″ )

    Formed in Bristol in 1977, The Pop Group was at the forefront of the post-punk movement, carving out an influential niche for themselves that has seen them name dropped by the likes of Nick Cave, Primal Scream and Massive Attack.

    From Access All Areas on 28 Feb 2015

  • Soundgarden Drummer Matt Cameron ( 12′ 33″ )

    Drummer Matt Cameron is a quintessential part of the Seattle rock fraternity that blossomed in the early 90s, having held down the beat for alt-rock behemoths Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, which he splits his time between. Cameron talks to Sam Wicks about pulling double duties.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 28 Feb 2015

  • Slash ( 9′ 16″ )

    Synonymous with a Les Paul guitar, stacks of Marshall amps and that leather top hat, guitar god Slash is one of the last of a dying breed of rock star archetypes. Zac Arnold puts his own questions and those from a series of famous New Zealand guitarists to the man behind the myth.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 28 Feb 2015

  • Mount The Air by The Unthanks ( 14′ 05″ )

    Nick Bollinger reviews a symphonic folk opus from The Unthanks.

    From The Sampler on 24 Feb 2015

  • I Love You, Honeybear by Father John Misty ( 9′ 40″ )

    Nick Bollinger reviews the Laurel Canyon redux of Father John Misty.

    From The Sampler on 24 Feb 2015

  • Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance by Belle and Sebastian ( 8′ 40″ )

    Nick Bollinger reviews a disco-tinged set from Glaswegian popsters Belle and Sebastian.

    From The Sampler on 24 Feb 2015

  • Supermensch - The Story Of Shep Gordon ( 14′ 34″ )

    Shep Gordon managed an eclectic bunch of artists that included Alice Cooper, Anne Murray, Groucho Marx, Teddy Pendergrass and many more. He's also credited with creating the 'celebrity chef' phenomenon. Shep's career has recently been documented in a new movie directed by Mike Myers called Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon. Trevor Reekie caught up with Shep to talk about the movie and his career.

    From Access All Areas on 21 Feb 2015

  • Introducing Lipgloss Slumberparty ( 5′ 21″ )

    Lipgloss Slumberparty introduces his song Spacevox.

    From Introducing on 21 Feb 2015

  • The Secret Life Of Karaoke ( 21′ 48″ )

    Music 101's Zac Arnold investigates how Karaoke has weaved its way from Japan into all corners of the globe, delving into the psychology of why we perform in front of each other, and takes to the private booths to sing his heart out.

    From Featured Audio on 21 Feb 2015

  • Woodcock Festival ( 11′ 54″ )

    Founded by Austin Cunningham and his promotion company, Tauranga Music Sux, the Woodcock Festival is an annual celebration of the local D.I.Y. scene. Frank Eggleton, on the bill with his band, Kittentank, took a microphone along to record the day's festivities.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 21 Feb 2015

  • A Place To Bury Strangers ( 10′ 48″ )

    After The D4 disbanded in 2006, guitarist Dion Lunadon (Palmer) hightailed it to the US, finding his flow in the downtown New York rock scene. His new band, A Place To Bury Strangers have just released their fourth album, Transfixiation. Dion tells Emma Smith about pushing through thresholds of noise and chaos on this latest album.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 21 Feb 2015

  • Splore 2015 live cross ( 4′ 52″ )

    Music 101 reporter Mani Dunlop is live from Splore 2015.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 21 Feb 2015

  • Weird Together ( 10′ 30″ )

    Globetrotting producers and DJs Nick D and Dick 'Magik' Johnson are Weird Together, a worlds-colliding collaboration that sees the production duo and their international band of players rework their favourite strains of global dance music, riffing on the sounds of Africa, South America and the Caribbean. Ahead of their World Together festival at Auckland's Silo Park on Saturday 28 February, Weird Together talk to Sam Wicks about their United Nations approach to the dance floor.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 21 Feb 2015

Coming up

  • We meet Mogwai on Music 101, Sam Wicks talks to Six60, Simon Wallace learns the story about the search for Ata Kak, Zac Arnold heads to the annual Elvis in the Gardens festival and Nick Bollinger leads a discussion about Madonna's latest release

  • Auckland Arts Festival review: Tafelmusik, Pass the Gat, and BLAM!

  • Auckland Arts Festival review: I AM, Limbo, Phox

  • In The Sampler Nick Bollinger convenes a Sampler Summit to discuss Rebel Heart, the 13th album by veteran pop queen Madonna. Joining him are Jackie Clarke, Sophie Burberry (a.k.a. Little Bark) and Mika


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The Correspondents ands Music reporter Mani Dunlop at Splore
The Correspondents and Music 101 reporter Mani Dunlop at Splore 2015.

With one of the most beautiful settings for a music festival, Splore is devoted to music, art, culture and community, staged at the stunning Tapapakanga Regional Park, Coromandel.

The Radio NZ Music team has covered the festival since 2008, and you can cruise through our interviews and images in the Radio NZ Splore collection