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October 12, 2009

Music released and performed under the name Metronomy often defies conventional explanation: breaking down the barriers between electro and guitar-based indie, solo effort and group project, energetic, upbeat tunes and introspective, melancholic arrangements, often meshing all these and more into a single song. Salienteer Ryan Eyers relaxed in the rare dose of sun (which would […]

October 5, 2009

With the thriving scene we’ve got happening here in Wellington it’s easy to forget that there’s some pretty damn good music being created in the rest of the country, especially in Auckland, with the likes of Brand New Math, 1995, The Naked and Famous, Surf City and Wilberforces making some pretty big waves, to name […]

September 14, 2009

If you’re Simian Mobile Disco, being a prolific remix and production team that works with a wide range of musicians has huge benefits when you come around to creating your own music. It means you can call in a wide range of awesome guest vocalists to spice up your tracks and give them recognisable vocal […]

September 7, 2009

Considering the ridiculous NME-driven hype surrounding the Arctic Monkeys you’d be forgiven for not realising that underneath it all they’re actually a rather brilliant band. Debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not burst out of an intense internet-fuelled bootleg fan culture, wowing critics and fans alike with its acerbic tales of […]

August 10, 2009

It’s immediately clear on Modern Classics—local musician Vorn Colgan’s fifth album in 10 years—that he isn’t afraid to express his kiwi roots. Weaving resonate tales of Wellington life in songs such as ‘That Night on Courtenay Place’ and ‘Upper Hutt Symphony’, Vorn’s lyrics are reflective of his surroundings but also touch on common themes of […]

August 3, 2009

For me, gigs are almost impossible to go into without any preconceived ideas of what is going to happen, or how I will experience them, based on either a familiarity with the artist’s music or knowledge gleaned from other sources, such as others recollections or the artists reputation. So even though I’d never heard much […]

July 20, 2009

Tortoise’s music can be likened to a large melting pot both in that it is a large mixture of genres, influences and instruments, but also that each new album they produce seems like the pot has had a couple new ingredients added, been given a good stir and poured out into a new record, ready […]

July 13, 2009

BLK JKS are a South African band whose sound encompasses noise, avant-rock, dub, afro-beat and progressive, to name a few. While they’ve been around since 2000, touring heavily throughout Africa and Europe, the 2009 release of their Mystery EP is their first batch of recorded material. The EP opens with ‘Lakeside’, enticing the listener with […]

June 2, 2009

In The Beginning Humanity has always had a strong fascination with the objects that inhabit the sky over our heads. They were quickly ascribed an elevated status, due to their perceived orientation above everything, and the idea that they were watching over and had influence on the Earth. Early religions centered around Sun and Moon […]

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