Music 101

Saturday 2 May 2015, with Emma Smith


Marlon Williams
Local vocal virtuoso Marlon Williams has just released his first solo album, the culmination of his experience as a Christchurch Cathedral choirboy, frontman for his high school band The Unfaithful Ways, and as one-half of a country crooning duo with Delaney Davidson. Williams talks to Kirsten Johnstone about his debut set.


D Burmester and The Blind
Samuel Scott catches up with Daniel, the 'D' of D Burmester and The Blind, to discuss their new album, Alright, Goodnight, how bands are supposed to release music these days, singing American music in a New Zealand accent, and how a band can destroy two cars on one road trip to Auckland.

D Burmester photo by Sean AickinD Burmester (L-to-R: Graeme Cummack, Thomas McGrath and Daniel Burmester / Photo by Sean Aickin.

St James Theatre
Emma takes a tour of the newly re-opened St James Theatre in Auckland.


After a 12-year break between albums, quintessentially British band Blur are back with The Magic Whip, a record that began its life in a pocket-sized Hong Kong studio and takes lyrical cues from the coastal Chinese city. Blur’s Dave Rowntree - pilot, solicitor and political activist - tells us about the unexpected return of the original Britpop multitaskers.

Blur photo by Linda BrownleeBlur (L-to-R: Dave Rowntree, Alex James, Graham Coxon and Damon Albarn / Photo by Linda Brownlee.

Kane Strang
After discarding two albums, Dunedin’s Kane Strang presents his ‘official’ debut Blue Cheese, a collection of heavy hearted psychedelic pop songs. Kane takes us through his song writing process, and explains why dark pop matters.

oKane Strang / Photo by Emma Smith.

Introducing: Womb

Introducing Womb photo by Georgette BrownWomb / Photo by Georgette Brown.

Hugh Sundae, the new General Manager at 95bFM, talks to Emma Smith about bringing his multimedia background to his new gig at the Auckland student radio station.

Gig Guide


Andrew Keoghan live at the Kings Arms

Andrew Keoghan live at the Kings Arms photo by Danielle BoltonAndrew Keoghan live at the Kings Arms / Photo by Danielle Bolton courtesy of Cheese on Toast.

When New Zealand-born, New York-based troubadour Andrew Keoghan gave a first look on his forthcoming sophomore set, Every Orchid Offering, at Auckland’s Kings Arms, Radio New Zealand engineer Andre Upston was on hand to capture the show.  Listen to Keoghan’s performance, where he's backed by the impressive pick-up line-up of Chris O'Connor (Phoenix Foundation) and instrumentalists Jol Mulholland and Matthias Jordan (Dictaphone Blues, Pluto).

Kimbra at Coachella
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is one of North America’s most popular and fashionable music festivals. Held in the Californian desert over two long weekends, this year’s line-up included New Zealand’s own pop-funk princess, Kimbra. Ahead of her second Coachella set, Shaun D Wilson tours the backstage artists’ area and talks to her about the festival, California, odd herbal tea, and playing on the same bill as Flying Lotus and Steely Dan.

Kimbra plays the Gobi stage at Coachella photo by Shaun D WilsonKimbra plays the Gobi stage at Coachella / Photo by Shaun D Wilson.

The Sampler: Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
Southern rockers return for another round with a shape-shifting set of punch-drunk psychedelic soul.