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.


Black Peak by Xylouris White  

On the eve of their first New Zealand performance, Nick Bollinger tunes in to the Cretan folk and Melbourne rock fusion of Xylouris White, and talks to the duo’s drummer Jim White.

Dirty Projectors by Dirty Projectors  

Nick Bollinger investigates the indie rock/hip-hop crossover of Dirty Projectors.

The Mixtape: Jed Town  

Jed Town is the saw-toothed musician from gothic experimental band Fetus Productions, post-punk Auckland band The Features and the revived X Features, and now country/psych trio Ghost Town. He's also produced and DJed electronic dance music under the names ICU and Jedeye. Consistently ahead of the trend, Town reflects on the songs that have informed his own work.

Ngā Taonga Mai Tawhiti prepare for Te Matatini  

Yadana Saw and Kirsten Johnstone witness kapa haka group Ngā Taonga Mai Tawhiti prepare for Te Matatini - the biggest event in the Māori performing arts calendar.

Hikashu: Experimental sounds from Japan  

Since 1978, Koichi Makigami has been making music with Hikashu, a collective who have taken in post-punk, new wave, krautrock and free jazz. With techniques and sounds borrowed from various indigenous cultures, from nature, and his own imagination, Makigami is a master of his instrument - the voice. In New Zealand for shows, he and bandmate Kazuto Shimizu join Kirsten Johnstone to talk about their art.

Fin by Syd  

Nick Bollinger discusses the solo debut of the black, gay, Mohawk-haired and androgynously named singer-producer Syd.

What's going on Christchurch?  

RDU's Gemma Syme updates Music 101 on musical happenings in the Garden city.

Great North search for greener pastures  

The core duo behind Great North tell Music 101 about the long process recording their new album, why they're leaving New Zealand for Europe, and perform a new song.

Lydia Cole gives us 'The Lay of the Land'  

Two time Silver Scroll Nominee Lydia Cole reveals the significance of her latest album 'The Lay of the Land'.

Introducing: Abigail Knudson  

Abigail Knudson introduces her song Missy.

Birdstriking swoop into New Zealand  

Beijing band Birdstriking drop by the RNZ studios while touring the Southern Hemisphere for the first time.

Music 101 Pocket Edition 124  

In the Music 101 Pocket Edition, Tony Stamp meets Beijing indie outfit Birdstrike, and says farewell to local folk duo Great North. Alex Behan makes a defence for life in the super city.

The Mixtape: RNZ Music's Summer Selections  

It's only seven weeks into 2017, but already we've heard a glut of great music. The RNZ Music team convenes to talk about their favourites, and the zeitgeist of 2017 - protest songs.

Nils Lofgren - Road Warrior  

American rock musician Nils Lofgren is currently performing with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and arrives in New Zealand next week. Trevor Reekie speaks to him about his musical journey, which includes stints with Neil Young and Ringo Starr.

Hermitude set for Orientation  

Orientation is gearing up for a Hermitude style shuffle this year as the Australian duo return to P.A.R.T.Y

Music in Parks celebrates Auckland summer  

Lucky old Auckland is halfway through this year's Music in Parks Series and the crowds keep growing.

The Mixtape: Mark de Clive-Lowe  

Los Angeles based Mark de Clive-Lowe, jazz pianist and purveyor of future beats, is back in New Zealand for shows and workshops. Yadana Saw sits down with him to explore this back story and the songs that have shaped his style.

The Dark Arts of The Nudge  

Yadana Saw crashes The Nudge's band meeting the night before the release of their new album, Dark Arts.

Jens Lekman - a phoenix rising from the ashes  

Swedish songwriter Jens Lekman reflects on the journey of self-doubt and creative discipline that has led to his glorious new album.

The Nudge  

Yadana Saw takes a stroll to visit Wellington jam-band The Nudge and find out whats behind their 'Dark Arts'.

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