We have reached the end of June. The halfway point of the music year. This means everyone is coming out with their best of the year lists so far. So as a credible music publication it only seems right that I follow the flock and list my top thirty songs of the year. The first … Continue reading 2018 Songs of the Year: Halfway Point
After spending over one year out of the spotlight, American rapper Kanye West is back, and as usual his return is causing all sorts of comment and controversy. Kanye was last heard from at the end of 2016 during his Saint Pablo tour promoting his last studio album The Life of Pablo. The tour was … Continue reading The return of Kanye!
When the Young, Gifted & Broke collective hosted New York rapper Wiki at a King’s Arms gig back in February, the line stretched all the way down the street. It was the longest queue I had ever seen outside the old tavern, which was only days away from closing its doors for good. There were … Continue reading Hip-hop is entering a golden era in Aotearoa
Everyone loves music. And for most people these days, their music listening is conducted online through streaming platforms like Apple Music and Spotify. However, for some fans, the physical still trumps the digital, which is why tomorrow many will turn out to their local record store to support and celebrate Record Store Day. Originating in 2007 in … Continue reading Why Record Store Day still matters
2017 was one of the best years for New Zealand music in recent memory, with some amazing albums taking both the local and international scene by storm. The quality of releases spanning the full musical spectrum stylistically, from alternative to folk to rock, was remarkable, and with that, a collection of these albums will be … Continue reading The 2018 Taite Music Prize Preview