Saturday 4 June 2011


Pacific Music Awards
We report back from the Pacific Music Awards, and speak to Koile, Nesian Mystic, and Will and Annie Crummer. Hear Nick Atkinson at the Pacific Music Awards here.

An ambassador for te reo Māori, Ngahiwi Apanui, has just released his fourth solo album. It's called Matariki - a fitting title for the season. He brings his guitar in for some waiata. Hear the session with Apanui here

Chico Mann
Marcos Garcia aka Chico Mann is a born and bred Latino New Yorker, multi-instrumentalist and producer who is the guitarist for Brooklyn-based afrobeat band Antibalas. We speak to him about his solo project, which merges Cuban and Afrobeat styles with 21st century machines. Hear Trevor Reekie talk with Chico Mann here.


Cut Copy
Melbourne dance band Cut Copy played their first headline shows in New Zealand last week. It'd been a long wait for fans, some of whom were a little over excited, as Nick Atkinson found out.

Steve Ignorant
The singer/shouter from Thatcher-era punk band Crass talks about the band's legacy, living in an anarcho-pacifist house, and re-visiting his angry-young-man lyrics 30 years on. Kirsten Johnstone talks with Steve Ignorant of Crass here.

Kurt Vile
Nick Bollinger wades through the murky, garage-y aesthetic of Kurt Vile's new album for The Sampler. Hear more from The Sampler here.

Gig Guide


Live: Anna Coddington
They're still drilling down the new floor at Auckland venue the Dogs Bollix when Anna Coddington and her all-star band arrive. There's sawdust everywhere and the doors are opening in just a few hours. Trinity Roots drummer Riki Gooch rolls his eyeballs as he lifts his drums around sweating workmen. LA Mitchell sets up her keyboard and ex-Pluto and Night Choir main-man Mike Hall tunes his bass. Right next to Anna stands her partner, producer and guitarist Ned Ngatae who has strummed in Dimmer and Trinity Roots amongst others. By the time the dust has settled the band has sound-checked, the tools and road-cases are squared away. Anna exhales and almost magically all is set for a barrelling gig in a freshly refurbished venue. The audience begins to file in…

Kate Bush
Nick Bollinger listens to a 'directors cut' of some of Kate's back catalogue, which the artist has obviously been obsessing over for the past couple of decades...