Music 101

Saturday 7 March 2015, with Emma Smith

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. We meet them to talk about the evolution of Mogwai, and how their hearing is holding up. 

MogwaiMogwai / Photo by Steve Gullick.

Formed at a flat on 660 Castle St in the heart of Dunedin’s scarfy district, Six60 fast became festival headliners, with a musical formula that took cues from local heroes like Shapeshifter, The Black Seeds and Kora - but, despite their success, these relative new arrivals say they still feel like outsiders in the NZ music community. With a new self-titled album released and a plan to reach more people than ever before, Six60 talk to Sam Wicks about their ambition and outside status.

IMG Six LiveInLondonSix60 live in London.

Introducing: Aporia

AporiaAporia / Self-portrait.

Elvis Tribute
August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley is pronounced dead. While the King has now left the building, he lives on in his countless singles, albums, movies and tribute artists, fans who have crossed the line, worshiping Presley through embodiment. Zac Arnold heads to the annual Elvis In the Gardens festival to find out how six different tribute artists got all shook up.

elvisElvis tribute artist Kerryn Winn performing at Elvis in the Gardens / Photo by Zac Arnold.

Sampler Summit: Madonna
After more than three decades in the spotlight, the artist known simply as Madonna retains an iconic place at the heart of popular culture. The release of Rebel Heart, Madonna’s 13th studio album, provides the focus for a Sampler Summit. Nick Bollinger leads a discussion with Jackie Clarke, Mika and Little Bark’s Sophie Burberry, covering the new record and the controversial career that has brought the 56-year-old pop icon to this moment.

MadonnaMadonna / Photo by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott.