Billy Bragg's been tirelessly cranking out politically charged folk-punk since the '70s and in May returns to NZ briefly escaping the exhausting reality of post-Brexit Britain. Fraser Thompson caught up with him.
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Here we stand, tentatively poised on the cusp of the roaring ’20s, the perilous ’10s behind us. If this year could be summed up in a single word, it would be "change".
Fraser Thompson talks to Nadia Reid about her third album, touring overseas and coming home to Port Chalmers.
Sulfate is Peter Ruddell, of recent Flying Nun band Wax Chattels, channelling a completely different energy. His debut album is dark, intense and glacially slow, almost doom-like. It's less sharp...
Marlin's Dreaming's Lizard Tears was the surprise Dunedin hit of 2017 as far as international audiences were concerned, racking up millions of plays on Spotify with it's laid-back summery sound....
November is looking like a massive month for local gigs, writes Fraser Thompson. Take advantage of the long nights and warm(ish) weather and get amongst it.
The season for spooks is upon us!
Whiskey and the Wench is widely regarded as Dunedin's loudest folk-punk band, with around a decade's worth of blistering (sometimes literally) live jams behind them. On Thursday, it will be adding...
Contrary to what your dad says there's actually more good music now than ever, which leads to tragic cases where amazing stuff slips by unnoticed.
Tiny Pieces of Eight are an amorphous five-piece which sometimes features three guitarists, two double basses, a pump organ, and a hell of a groove, and their wonderful 2019 album She Shanties for...
Allow me to introduce Night Lunch.
If you hang around the cool sections of town you may have seen posters for Doomed to be a Failure, usually smattered with obscure looking logos and an aura of dark mystery.
Mild Orange shuffled on to the Dunedin scene in early 2017 with a sultry mix of soft indie-rock and a splash of Mockasin creaminess. And then a Ukrainian YouTube music influencer shared their self-produced debut single Some Feeling and almost overnight their popularity exploded.
Wellington singer-songwriter Lake South has released Wellington | Te Upoko O Te Ika, the follow up to his 2017 critically acclaimed debut If You're Born On An Island The Ocean Heals You, and it's...
This year marks the 23rd iteration of the OUSA's Battle of the Bands competition. It is also the first (hopefully of many) under the new name - "Bring the Noise". To get the lowdown on the what and...
There's been a bunch of great underground releases to come out of Dunedin in the past month or two. Fraser Thompson rounds up some of the best.
The stars have aligned and the music loving public of Dunedin are once again faced with beautiful prospects and tough choices, writes Fraser Thompson.
We've got some pretty cool music industry people in New Zealand, and some of them are putting on a free "How to Make Money from Your Music" seminar in Dunedin on Wednesday.
There's something magical about shuffling about in the winter darkness and coming across a strange little "interruption".
Nestled between Subway and an antiques shop on Princes St is "Becoming Darkness".