Kellie Given

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For all its worth, the British hip hop scene has always remained somewhat of a mystery. If you didn’t actually live in the United Kingdom or you didn’t consider yourself an underground muso, you’d have no idea that a world beyond America’s reigning hip hop industry ever existed. Sure, the occasional hits from the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Tinie Tempah and Drake’s few dabbles helped land British hip hop a spot on the charts; but for the most part the genre has never weaved its way into the mainstream. Of course, until now.

Enter the new generation of…

Kellie Given

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Caught somewhere between a technicolour vision and a dancefloor rave, you’ll find Glass Animals. The English psychedelic band have quickly become one of the world’s best indie counterparts, earning a string of accolades including a spot on the Mercury Prize shortlist for their sophomore album How to Be a Human Being. Currently, their hit ‘Heat Waves’ (from latest album Dreamland) is number 40 on the Global Spotify Chart, number one on the NZ Hot Single Chart and it’s even been remixed into a TikTok sea shanty, which actually, frontman Dave Bayley admits is so much better than the…

Kellie Given

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‘Drivers license’ sort of popped out of nowhere. The gorgeous power ballad from 17-year-old Disney star Olivia Rodrigo has quickly become the centre of the internet’s attention; its candid exploration of heartache relating to millions around the world. But for all its pain, vulnerability and extreme aesthetic, the debut track (which, by the way, continues to break multiple records) is most representative of one of the biggest forces that’s lived within pop music for years: the obsession with car culture.

At its core, ‘drivers license’ isn’t just a break-up song. Instead, it represents an adolescent dream that revolves…

Emma Ellwood

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Phwoa. It’s a new year!

To say we’ve been and gone through the works would only be an inch of the truth. Now it’s time to take a breather, reset, and bring ourselves back into the swing of things as we head into a fresh year.

To kick things off, we thought we’d get a bit of a list going for the artists on the rise for our bright and shiny 2021. With so much talent floating around, we know how it feels to be overwhelmed with the ever-rising sea of artists and the challenge of keeping a…

Kellie Given

Whether it’s a classic rags to riches journey or an outcast-turned-hero achievement, we all love a good musician story. They’re gritty, passionate, raw, and show sides of our favourite artists that we can’t see from just the music alone. And, lucky for us, artists (or people close to them) absolutely love writing them.

To prepare for your relaxing summer ahead, here’s a list of 15 of our favourite music biographies to add to your reading list.

1. ‘Me’ — Elton John

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His first and only autobiography sees John reveal every ounce of truth regarding his rollercoaster life. Taking you further than what was…

Kellie Given

Whether it’s a classic rags to riches journey or an outcast-turned-hero achievement, we all love a good musician story. They’re gritty, passionate, raw, and show sides of our favourite artists that we can’t see from just the music alone. And, lucky for us, artists (or people close to them) absolutely love writing them.

To prepare for your relaxing summer ahead, here’s a list of 15 of our favourite music biographies to add to your reading list.

1. ‘Me’ — Elton John

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His first and only autobiography sees John reveal every ounce of truth regarding his rollercoaster life. Taking you further than what was…

Kellie Given

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With his heartthrob smile and Bruce-Springsteen-pop-chic, Canada’s nicest pop star Shawn Mendes has always played the game fairly. He’s bowed his head, played his acoustic guitar and written gooey love songs that would translate into number one hits and playlist repeaters. But for his fourth studio album Wonder, Mendes is finally breaking the rules. A 46-minute dive into the star’s biggest insecurities and fears, the album is larger than any body of work Mendes has ever made.

A great accompaniment to his Netflix documentary ( In Wonder) released a few weeks ago, Wonder further shows who Shawn…

Emma Ellwood

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The total eruption in music consumption over the last century has made music taste an ever-important personality construct and the dominant root of our social friend groups.

For many, musical preference cozies up with the idea of self-perception.

Music establishments are always trying to put a closer finger on personal individual taste in order to deliver the best music experience possible. So why is it that we like the music we like? The human brain is a complex organ; the way our musical palette diverges will of course be a never-ending journey. …

Katja Feary

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As Juice WRLD joins the long list of musicians that have sadly left us too soon, his music continues to live through the many fans that enjoy it to this day. Juice WRLD’s music brings an insight into the newly established ‘Emo Rap’ genre which has become increasingly popular since the mid 2010’s. Juice WRLD’s ability to express his raw emotions while also producing a catchy and unique beat throughout his songs shows the depth of talent he had as an artist.

Whether you are an OG Juice WRLD fan or you have just become acquainted, here are…

Kellie Given

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Long-standing NZ journo Duncan Greive has been lucky enough to meet Kanye West twice. Once during a 2006 meet and greet and the other three years later for a proper interview. It’s that interview we’re particularly curious about; so we chatted to Duncan to find out exactly what Mr. West is like, how wild it’s been watching him evolve, and what the favourite interview snack for the superstar is.

First off, I just wanna start with how the hell does one get the chance to chat with Kanye West?

The first time he was here he did a show at St. James Theatre in Auckland (2006) and he wasn’t doing any interviews, so I didn’t get to actually…

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