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Review: Big Crown Records – YIA Talent Hunt Winners

Words by Keegan Fepulea'i  Known as a hotbed for crime and hip hop - its most notable hip hop exports being Jay Z, Master Ace & Biggie - Bedford-Stuyvesant has in the past decade experienced somewhat of a turnaround. Mainly due to rampant gentrification, the average rent across ‘Bed Stuy’ has risen 36.1%...

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Skux’s Ode To Punk

Skux is the melting pot of punk you didn't know you need in your life. Created by Ayisha Jaffer while she was living in New Zealand (with a nod to some uniquely kiwi slang), they've just released a new EP called 'Kudis', drawing from an assortment of punk influences Ayisha...

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Review: Ana Mazzotti – Agora Ou Nunca Mais

Words by Andrew Sinclair  The rediscovery of a long lost musical great can be a poignant affair. This is especially true in our current time, when accessible travel has taken digging culture to the far-out corners of the world, enabling DJs and label...

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New Balance Music

Calling all independent artists! New Balance has set up an artist grant scheme for up and coming musicians and producers, funding anything from recording sessions and new equipment to music videos and mentoring.  To apply, head to newbalance.co.nz/music. ...

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Review: The Streets at The Town Hall

Words by Keegan Fepulea'i  My early experiments with LSD and Newton’s 3rd law of motion collided last time The Streets played in New Zealand at the 2006 Big Day Out. The root of my love for this group could be traced back to that day, so I had to ask myself...

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Review: James Blake at Shed 10

Words by Keegan Fepulea'i  Rain set in as a somewhat excited hoard amassed to see the return of James Blake. Blake's debut show at the Auckland Town Hall had been one for the ages. Off the back of a string of singles and THAT EP on the legendary record label R&S...

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Blood Mothers

 Pipiana Heemi & Samara Alofa are, "Blood Mothers".  A multidisciplinary exploration of suppressed knowledge and thought.  ...

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Nabeel Zuberi – Musicking Now

It’s that point where you start thinking a bit more seriously about what you’ll repeat and what’s to be switched up in next semester’s classes. I’ll be teaching an undergraduate course Recorded Music & Media Formats and the postgraduate Media, Sound & Music. Here I’m trying to focus on what...

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