RNZ: Music 101

RNZ: Music 101


Music interviews, live performances, behind the scenes, industry issues, profiles, back catalogue, undiscovered, greatest hits, tall tales and true... all from a New Zealand/Aotearoan perspective.


Out Of Silence by Neil Finn  

Neil Finn assembled a small village of musicians and fans to participate in the making of his new album. Nick Bollinger assesses the results.

The Mixtape: Barnaby Weir  

The Black Seeds frontman shares his completely BBQ reggae-free selection of locally sourced tunes, and tells Yadana Saw a few yarns.

King Loser - '16 Comeback Special  

King Loser's mesmerising mix of snappy surf guitar, sloppy drones, reckless rock'n'roll and croony covers stood them apart from their local contemporaries in the early mid-'90s. Now King Loser are about to tread the boards again. How will their reunion play out?

Hex summon the riffs  

Hex is the genesis of G G and Kiki Van Newtown, married both in music and life, and since conception in 2010, Hex released their first EP last year and have been a dominant force on the local music scene. RNZ's Jana Whitta caught up with Hex when they were in Auckland last weekend for the Others Way Festival.

Paul Kelly: "poet laureate of Australian music"  

Paul Kelly remains one of Australia's most enduring songwriters. He talks to Trevor Reekie about the creative process and recording the album Life is Fine.

Introducing: Best Bets  

Christchurch band Best Bets introduce their song All Roads Lead Back.

Nina Las Vegas hits Auckland  

Nina Las Vegas is was a Triple J DJ, and now runs her own record label. She has residencies for BBC Radio 1,Red Bull Radio and a close association with Diplo and his label Mad Decent and is playing New Zealand for the first time.

Rostam debut delivers on many levels  

Rostam Batmanglij is the producer and co principal songwriter from Vampire Weekend. His debut solo album Half Light is a personal collection of beautiful, self reflective songs.

Anabel Jamieson wrote a song about her dog  

13-yr old Anabel's music tutor sent us this song, and we had to share it.

Jubilee – 2017 winners of Smokefree Pacifica Beats  

Auckland's Aorere College made it to the national finals of Smokefree Pacifica Beats for the first time in 2017 - and they won. We proudly present Jubilee.

Forever Young by Reggie Young  

Nick Bollinger lends an ear to the first solo set from veteran Memphis session guitarist Reggie Young.

Progress Junction by Sneaky Feelings  

Nick Bollinger assesses the first new album in almost three decades from 'Dunedin sound' pioneers Sneaky Feelings.

Epidural by The Spines  

Nick Bollinger studies the first album in three decades by Jon McLeary's Spines, and learns about the existential blues.

Music 101 Pocket Edition 152: Devilskin/Soundcloud  

In the Music 101 Pocket Edition, occasional RNZ music critic Grant Smithies speaks with Alex Behan about his record store, Tony Stamp looks into the uncertain future of Soundcloud and metal rockers Devilskin are about to hit the road.

Nelson's matryoshka-esque boutique record store  

Grant Smithies has opened a matryoshka-esque boutique record store inside a pub inside a church in Nelson.

Why can't Soundcloud make any money?  

Ten years in, Soundcloud can't seem to turn a profit. Journalist Ryan Mac breaks down what went wrong.

Odesza don't know who's leaking their music  

Seattle electronic duo Odesza are on their way to New Zealand with their new album but they still don't know who has been leaking their songs.

Hamilton rockers Devilskin deliver a massive show  

Devilskin are bringing over Canadian band Cyco Sumo to support them on their upcoming national tour, as well as stand out local bands in each centre.

Tips for NZ musicians from industry summit  

Kirsten Johnstone reports back with some of the big takeaways from this year's Going Global music summit.

Pacifica Beats: countdown to the final  

We visit Manurewa High School the day before the Smokefree Pacifica Beats National Finals to see how final rehearsals are going.

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