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Album Review: Tomorrow People

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The easy skanking of Hawaiian reggae outfits like Rebel Souljahz and Kolohe Kai have made big inroads in New Zealand in recent years and this Wellington eight-piece look to tap into a similar summery vibe on their debut album; in fact, Kolohe Kai actually make a guest appearance on ‘Feel Alright’, the catchy first single from One.

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Laneways 2012: Shayne Carter

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An iconic figure on the New Zealand music scene for three decades, Shayne Carter first came to prominence on Flying Nun with his school punk band Bored Games and then the Double Happys.

His 90s outfit Straitjacket Fits gained international recognition, while his solo vehicle Dimmer won him a new generation of fans. He will be revisiting his distinguished career with a solo set at this month’s Laneways Festival.

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Album Review: The Nomad

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These days, the pioneering NZ electronica artist – AKA Daimon Schwwalger – is based out of Melbourne so his latest LP boasts a suitably eclectic line-up of collaborators.

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Album Review: Gin Wigmore

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“It’s dirty and gritty and heavy and all that good shit,” the Kiwi songstress enthused to us about her new album and that’s not a bad description.

Before settling down to record the album in Santa Monica, Wigmore spent a lot of time in the Deep South and Grave & Wine is certainly infused with healthy doses of R’n’B, rockabilly and country.

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Singing her soul: Gin Wigmore talks Gravel & Wine

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Gin Wigmore soaked up the sounds of the Deep South in preparation for her sophomore album.

Gravel & Wine is the eagerly awaited follow-up to the Kiwi songstress’s chart-topping debut Holy Smoke, which was not only last year’s biggest selling homegrown release but also won the album of the year award at the 2010 Tuis.

Although it was recorded primarily in Los Angeles, Wigmore tells us that the music of the Deep South was a big inspiration.

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Album Review: Midnight Youth

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At this year’s NZ Music Awards, Supergroove will be paying tribute to Dragon, the newest inductees to the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame. But in many ways, Midnight Youth are the old Ponsonby rockers’ natural heirs.

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Album Review: Lisa Crawley

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The debut album from this talented Kiwi singer-songwriter fully delivers on the promise she showed on her excellent EPs Shoot The Night and Hello and Goodbye And Everything In Between.

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Robert Scott interview: 30 years of Flying Nun Records

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“It does seem a lifetime a go,” muses Robert Scott when thinking back to the launch of Flying Nun Records 30 years ago. It’s not surprising really because he has been there from virtually day one.

As a member of The Clean, he was on board for the label’s second release, the 1981 single ‘Tally Ho’, while The Bats, the band he formed the following year, was also one of mainstays of Flying Nun throughout the 1980s and 90s. Add to that assorted side-projects like The Magick Heads and The Weeds, Scott’s career has long been entwined with the pioneering indie.

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Album Review: Avalanche City

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The comparisons with Mumford & Sons are inescapable but who cares?

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