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John Lydon

Is John Lydon! His influence on pop culture, with the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd., is unquantifiable. He riffs on mortality, music and natural history.

Straight outta Christchurch

Malo Luafutu, aka Scribe, and Fa'amoana Luafutu

Scribe, and his dad Fa'amoana Luafutu front up about The White Guitar, a powerful performance of the troubled, triumphant story of their family.

Trinty Roots Live

Trinity Roots live on stage at WOMAD Taranaki 2015

An afternoon 'picnic' that shape-shifts between gently undulating grooves, soul-baring anthems, and full on psyche-rock jams, at WOMAD Taranaki 2015.

Stuff Like That There

Yo La Tengo

The latest Yo La Tengo album lovingly reinterpretes favourite songs with a stripped-back, downbeat touch - including some classic kiwi tunes.

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John Lydon - What The World Needs Now

Over the last 40 years John Lydon has been influential in changing the face of pop culture, first as Johnny Rotten with the Sex Pistols, and later with Public Image Ltd. Trevor Reekie talks to Lydon about everything from mortality and natural history.

From Access All Areas on 29 Aug 2015

MAALA Unmasked

If you recognise the music, it’s because electro-pop newbie MAALA is currently one of New Zealand’s most hyped up-and-comers. The artist’s single ‘Touch’ has been all over commercial radio for months and the second single ‘In The Air’ recently premiered as Zane Lowe’s World’s First for Beats 1 on Apple Music. But digging for information about the person behind the moniker has been a rather unsatisfying exercise. In what looks like an effort to take hype to its peak, MAALA’s label Sony Music has kept the musician’s identity entirely secret, until now.

From Radio NZ National Music on 29 Aug 2015

Orchestra of Spheres Live In Session

Orchestra of Spheres join Emma Smith in the Music 101 studio to perform live.

From Radio NZ National Music on 29 Aug 2015

Fur Patrol

It's been six years since Fur Patrol last took to the stage, but last weekend saw the trio reunite for The Munki Mash, a knees-up that marked the end of Wellington's Munki/Inca/Trident Studios building.

From Radio NZ National Music on 29 Aug 2015

Yo La Tengo - Stuff Like That There

Twenty-five years ago Yo La Tengo released a stripped back covers album Fakebook, a record that has become one of their most loved albums. Now they've made a follow up; Stuff Like That There. Samuel Scott talks to Yo La Tengo frontman Ira Kaplan to find out why.

From Radio NZ National Music on 29 Aug 2015

Introducing: Skyscraper Stan

Skyscraper Stan with 'I Fell Over' from the album Last Year's Tune.

From Introducing on 29 Aug 2015

Womad 2015 Live: Trinity Roots

An interview with and live performance from New Zealand band Trinity Roots. They performed two shows over the Womad weekend, promoting their long awaited new album 'Citizen'. Tonight we hear their afternoon 'picnic' that could shape shift between gently undulating grooves, soul-baring anthems, and full on psyche-rock jams, but at the core was the dynamic of three players who seemed to operate on a level of musical telepathy. From the tail of the fish to the tip, Aotearoa has been swept up in the music of Trinity Roots, a boil-up of ingredients that seemed to embody the very essence of our home, land and sea, and serve as an invocation to that same environment. The influences that the group brought together joined the dots between head-nodding reggae, slow-burning funk and jazz adventurism to form undeniably indigenous waiata, unconstrained by genre boxes.

From Radio NZ National Music on 28 Aug 2015

John Lydon - web version

The online and uncut version of Trevor Reekie and John Lydon talking about everything from mortality and natural history.

From Access All Areas on 28 Aug 2015

NZ Live - Hobnail

Hobnail is a four-piece folk rock band from Wellington. Turning 21 this weekend!

From New Zealand Live on 28 Aug 2015

Munki Studio

Before the demolition crew arrives, Mike Gibson takes Yadana Saw on a tour of Munki Studios and the many stories of this rather infamous building.

From Radio NZ National Music on 22 Aug 2015

Alessia Cara

Having spent her early teens uploading covers to YouTube, 19-year old Alessia Cara now finds herself signed to Def Jam. She talks to Zac Arnold about her debut EP Four Pink Walls.

From Radio NZ National Music on 22 Aug 2015

Opposite Sex- Hamlet

Dunedin's Opposite Sex on Hamlet, the follow up to their enthusiastically received self titled debut. Emma Smith talks with bassist and vocalist Lucy Hunter and guitarist Reg Norris.

From Radio NZ National Music on 22 Aug 2015

No Tag - Mistaken Identity

Trevor Reekie talks to Andrew Boak, founding member of Auckland '80s punk band No Tag, who are reforming for a one-off show at Auckland's Kings Arms.

From Access All Areas on 22 Aug 2015

Headquarters: Fazerdaze

Fazerdaze premiers two new songs live from her Grey Lynn Headquarters.

From Radio NZ National Music on 22 Aug 2015

Masterclass: Jonny Marks

Jonny Marks takes Sophie Yana-Wilson and Emma Smith through a master class in throat singing.

From Radio NZ National Music on 22 Aug 2015

Introducing: Kairi

Otago's Kairi with Placid [region] Otago region

From Introducing on 22 Aug 2015


Kody Nielson talks to Sam Wicks about Personal Computer, his new album on Weird World.

From Radio NZ National Music on 22 Aug 2015

Womad 2015 Live: Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Malawi Mouse Boys

Hear an interview with and live performance from Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino - a seven piece band from Puglia in the south-east of Italy. Their fusion of traditional pizzaca music has been their passport to the global Festival circuit. Also, a live performance from the Malawi Mouse Boys. As childhood friends, they sold barbecued field mice on sticks as snacks to travellers in rural Africa. Now, Malawi Mouse Boys have the world mesmerised by their sweet, soulful singing.

From Radio NZ National Music on 21 Aug 2015

NZ Live - Darren Watson

Darren Watson is an award winning song writer and a smokin' hot blues guitarist, performing live from our Wellington studio on NZ Live.

From New Zealand Live on 21 Aug 2015

Rackets live at The Kings Arms

Auckland rock'n'roll trio Rackets perform at The Kings Arms. Radio New Zealand's Andre Upston caught their raucous set for Music 101. [region] Auckland region

From Radio NZ National Music on 15 Aug 2015

Introducing Westley Holdsworth

Temples by Westley Holdsworth

From Introducing on 15 Aug 2015

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  • Beale Street Caravan features guitarist 'Big A' Sherrod and the Corn Lickers, 50s and 60s blues and soul icon Delbert McClinton, and The Memphis Beat.


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