Tag: New Zealand

Reflecting with Lydia Cole (interview and concert photography)

Reflecting with Lydia Cole (interview and concert photography)

As she was about to start the fourth song of her final New Zealand date, Lydia Cole spoke of a young woman – a long-time fan from Gisborne who had planned to attend the show. A family accident, however, prevented her from coming, and Cole dedicated “Time Is A Healer” to her, singing it with the grace and power of a person […]

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Nadia Reid – ‘Preservation’ (album review)

Nadia Reid – ‘Preservation’ (album review)

Nadia Reid‘s 2015 debut LP, listen to formation, look for the signs, was a beautifully complex and intricate album. The Port Chalmers, New Zealand native weaved soul-revealing stories within her folk-inspired sound. At its floor, Reid delivered a statement with the album, if not an instant classic, and it put Reid on the musical map with Pitchfork and The Guardian […]

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Stella’s Stars of 2016

Stella’s Stars of 2016

I have been making photographs now for exactly three years, in fact, December 14th is the anniversary of my first proper photo gig – Peter Murphy from goth legends Bauhaus – now that was a wicked trip. 2016 has been a real mixed bag in terms of gigs, and definitely a tale of two cities for me. I have taken photos in small clubs, university bars and giant arenas. […]

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An intimate evening with Broods

An intimate evening with Broods

Sister-brother duo Broods have become one of music’s fast-rising groups over the past two years – not just in New Zealand and Australia but globally. They have opened for Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding, and Lorde penned a song for them. This year, they performed to 20,000 people in Los Angeles, which included Taylor Swift in the audience. When headlining […]

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Nadia Reid’s arresting performance at Meow in Wellington (gig review)

Nadia Reid’s arresting performance at Meow in Wellington (gig review)

To witness 500 hundred pairs of eyes completely focused on an artist for more than an hour is a sight to behold, which is exactly what Nadia Reid did on Wednesday night at Meow in Wellington, New Zealand. The entire event exhibited Reid’s musical talent and potential, and just how far she has come in a short time. The Port […]

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Anna Coddington – “Without A Fight” (single premiere)

Anna Coddington – “Without A Fight” (single premiere)

All Anna Coddington needs to do is discover the cure for cancer and win the Nobel Peace Prize because the Auckland-based artist has practically done it all. Her résumé is remarkable. New Zealanders will recognize Coddington for her longstanding involvement with Kiwi super-collective Fly My Pretties, playing guitar and drums and singing vocals. Her solo work has also garnered national […]

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Ladyhawke – “Wild Things”

Ladyhawke – “Wild Things”

This year marks ten years of Ladyhawke, the project of Pip Brown and former member of Two Lane Backdrop and Teenager, and the New Zealand native has come circle. Her self-titled, debut album introduced us to her version of hook-laden synth-pop while her sophomore album, Anxiety, had her showing an edgier, rock side while also highlighting the inner turmoil she […]

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Yumi Zouma – “Yoncalla”

Yumi Zouma – “Yoncalla”

From creating samples and recording their first tracks in their bedrooms in Christchurch to exchanging files as they spread out across the globe to launching their debut album on super-boutique label Cascine, Yumi Zouma have come a long way in a short three years. Their stunning debut single, “Brae”, put the New Zealand quartet on the indie map while touring […]

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Aldous Harding’s powerful performance at Meow, Wellington

Aldous Harding’s powerful performance at Meow, Wellington

Last Saturday night (or Friday night for those in North America), mysterious singer/songwriter Aldous Harding graced the stages of Wellington’s Meow as part of her New Zealand tour. Performing solo, with the occasional assistance of a keyboardist, Harding enthralled a seated full house with her unique blend of alternative folk and her haunting, powerful voice that was simply captivating. An […]

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Marlon Williams – “Marlon Williams”

Marlon Williams – “Marlon Williams”

Small gig after small gig, traveling from one city or town to the next no matter what the size, sleeping in cars, tents, and apartment floors, Marlon Williams is a self-made, rising star among the country-folk scene. Through sheer will and hard work, the native of Lyttleton, New Zealand has earned every praise ushered on him, from the likes of […]

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Album Premiere: Helen McCreary – “The Lovely Days”

Album Premiere: Helen McCreary – “The Lovely Days”

Inspiration could be found in many places. Love and heartbreak are the most common themes, as musicians fondly remember the “one” or attempt to recover from the end of a relationship. Music is also often used as a means to express oneself, whether it’s a proclamation of one’s independence or coping with depressions, anxiety, or isolation. Then there are the […]

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Melodic Tonic, vol. 23

Melodic Tonic, vol. 23

Happy Monday, and welcome to this month’s first serving of fresh, new music singles! Maybe being worn out from last weekend’s festivities explains why we’re craving some chiller tunes. Or maybe it’s just the changing weather… whatever it is, today we’ve got several downtempo cocktails to ease you into the week. Let’s start with a trio of American artists before venturing abroad. Painted Zeros – “Only […]

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Salad Boys – “Metalmania”

“Never judge a book by its cover”, an old adage that is apt in assessing not just Metalmania, the new album by Salad Boys, but  Salad Boys themselves. With a name like Salad Boys, you might think the band makes low-brow, whimsical music. A record title like Metalmania might further elicit images of Mastodon or more contemporary hardcore rock like […]

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Anthonie Tonnon – “Water Underground” Video

Anthonie Tonnon – “Water Underground” Video

I normally don’t post music videos, but this is an exception. New Zealand singer-songwriter Anthonie Tonnon released his new album, Successor, in New Zealand this past March, and it was to be released in North America around the same time. However, its US/Canada release was delayed as two of the best little indie labels on this side of the Pacific, […]

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Hannah in the Wars – “Sweet Release”

Hannah in the Wars – “Sweet Release”

Hannah Curwood is a native of the South Island of New Zealand, but she moved to London to help advance her career as a musician. Under the moniker Hannah in the Wars, she has released a full-length album, an EP, and several singles over the past six years. Now, she along with her bandmates Eloise Healy, Claire Wackrow, Rosemary Toll, Lachlan Radford, […]

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Hidden Gem: New Zealand’s French for Rabbits

Hidden Gem: New Zealand’s French for Rabbits

New Zealand has been a place where we’ve looked to find some great new artists and musicians, some well-known and some on the precipice of major success – such as Nadia Reid, Tiny Ruins, Black City Lights (who sadly announced they were going their separate ways last week), Anthonie Tonnon, Andrew Keoghan, The Terminals, and The Naked and The Famous. […]

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Black City Lights, “Take Me Home”

Black City Lights, “Take Me Home”

This mesmerizing track by Wellington, New Zealand’s Black City Lights is spine-tingling. It’s like the intensity between two lovers who want to get away but cannot. Imagine falling in love with someone but knowing that you cannot have her. That’s the feeling exuded in this awesome track, making it ideal for our Sad Suckers Soundtrack. You can check out our […]

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Anthonie Tonnon, “Water Underground”

“Water Underground” is a surprising, awesome rocker from New Zealand singer-songwriter Anthonie Tonnon (free download, too). New album, Successor, will be out March 3 on Wild Kindness. It was one of our most anticipated albums of the year.  

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A Conversation with Julia Catherine Parr of Black City Lights

A Conversation with Julia Catherine Parr of Black City Lights

There are musicians around the world whose sole goal is to make you want to dance. There are those who want to challenge how you perceive sound. Then there are those that want to entrap your mind and take you to places, sometimes to an unknown landscape, sometimes above the clouds, or sometimes even to dark places that you did […]

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New Zealand’s Anthonie Tonnon

New Zealand’s Anthonie Tonnon

Last week, Anthonie Tonnon, who hails from Auckland, New Zealand, released “The Songs of Your Youth”. The song is the first single from his forthcoming album, Successor. The track is characteristic of the orchestral indie-pop that is coming out of New Zealand – classical arrangements and instruments (in this case the piano) with a rousing chorus. It’s a great track, […]

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