RNZ: Music 101

RNZ: Music 101


Music, interviews, live performances, behind the scenes, industry issues, career profiles, new, back catalogue, undiscovered, greatest hits, tall tales - with a focus on New Zealand/Aotearoa.


The RNZ Music Mixtape: Larry Morris  

Singer and songwriter Larry Morris was the frontman of the iconic pop band Larry's Rebels back in the swinging '60s. The band released seven Top 20 records and toured with high-profile international acts before Larry quit in 1969.

Sal Valentine and the Babyshakes (not anymore)  

Sal Valentine is dropping 'and the Babyshakes' from his band name, but they still perform their hearts out on his new EP and here for a live RNZ performance.

Nic Offer from !!! explains why dancing is the best revenge  

Chk Chk Chk are a dance- punk outfit who formed in California in 1996. 20 years later they've just released their 7th album Shake The Shudder, which is getting all sorts of love from the music press. Tony Stamp talked to frontman Nic Offer about the 'shakey face' meme that inspired the album, staying positive in dark times, and how they're celebrating their 20th anniversary.

Alt-J "You have to keep it fresh"  

Alt J have announced New Zealand shows to go along with their third album 'Relaxer' out June 2. Gus Unger-Hamilton speaks to Alex Behan about endless press, political protests and the similarites between cooking and being in a band.

Former Shorty Street star Johnny Barker's brand new album  

Johnny Barker (formerly the 'Ferndale Strangler') has just released his brand new album Sleepwalking. RNZ Music's Alex Behan chats to him about learning new instruments and living in Spain.

Pacific Music Awards highlight a thriving community  

Join the RNZ Pacific Music Awards Roundtable bringing together the 2017 finalists to discuss making music in the largest Polynesian city in the world.

Introducing: Robinson  

Nelson based artist Robinson introduces her debut single "Don't You Forget About Me".

Pocket Edition 137  

In this week's Pocket Edition, we talk to Shihad's Tom Larkin about musicians' mental health, Robert Scott from The Bats, and Cosey Fanni Tutti from English industrial icons Throbbing Gristle.

Paying tribute to Chris Cornell  

Music fans around the world are grieving the loss of Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell after his sudden death this week. Tributes have been flowing in from Cornell's contemporaries and those who've been inspired by his music and increible talent as a vocalist.

Goths by The Mountain Goats  

With the Nashville Symphony Chorus sounding like they are in Westminster Abbey, and John Darnielle singing about castles and batcaves, the opening track on Goths is gothic by definition, but...

Party by Aldous Harding  

There's a sense of theatre about Party, which subverts the typical notion of the singer-songwriter as confessor and beacon of authenticity. Aldous Harding seems to be giving herself permission to enjoy some of the success her astonishing music has found so far.

The Mixtape: Tiki Taane  

Tiki Taane is this week's mixtape guest. He shares his mix of protest songs and tales of wayward youth with Yadana Saw.

Luke Yeoward solo on 'Ghosts'  

Luke Yeoward stops by to talk about going solo after the dissolution of King Cannons.

Cosey Fanni Tutti on life before and after Throbbing Gristle.  

Cosey Fanni Tutti is a founding member of the avant-garde band Throbbing Gristle, who pre-empted the industrial musical movement. Alea Balzer talked to her about her recently-released autobiography Art Sex Music.

Annabel Alpers, FKA Bachelorette  

Annabel Alpers gained popularity with her solo act Bachelorette in the mid to late 2000s, and has since relocated to Baltimore. Jana Whitta caught up Annabel at the American Visionary Art Museum, to get an update on her life and latest musical ventures.

Balu Brigada - The Brothers Beasley  

Balu Brigada perform live at the RNZ studios

The Bats  

After 35 years of playing together, The Bats show no sign of wear and tear. Songwriter Robert Scott talks about their new set of songs with Kirsten Johnstone.

Music 101 Pocket Edition 136 - Slowdive, Tami Neilson  

Tami Neilson shares her musical history with Music 101 host Alex Behan, Kirsten Johnstone finds out where English shoegazers Slowdive were for the past two decades.

My Heart Is A Beating Drum by Cave Circles  

Nick Bollinger explores the percussive peregrinations of Riki Gooch, who records as Cave Circles.

Ian Brennan has discovered musicians from Malawi to Hanoi  

Trevor Reekie talks to Grammy-winning world music producer Ian Brennan.

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