Ry Cooder
New album Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down includes a cast of venerable musicians playing traditional instruments to songs that focus on the growing gap between rich and poor in America. Ry Cooder joins us to lay out the state of the nation.

We Are Augustines
A band with an incredible back-story. Many of the songs on the debut album Rise Ye Sunken Ships were based on the experiences of one member's family, which has been harshly affected by mental illness.

Mel Parsons. Photo by Dean McKenzie.Mel Parsons
The sounds of the frontier seems to flow through this performer who grew up on a remote farm near Westport. Her second album Red Grey Blue is painted with broad Americana brush strokes. Nick Atkinson talks to Mel Parsons.

Right: Mel Parsons. Photo: Dean McKenzie.

Saint Rupertsberg

Wellington's Saint Rupertsberg have more than a new EP out. Here they are with Lawrence Arabia and Joe Blossom in a new short from Duncan Sarkies - The Mysterious Secrets of Uncle Bertie's Botanarium (Part VII)


The Sampler: Trembling Bells
Nick Bollinger is pleasantly surprised when he slips The Constant Pageant into the CD player to review it for The Sampler.

Wellington's Marineville share stories of their namesake, getting The 3Ds Denise Roughan on board, and the strange obsession the USA has with the NZ underground.

Video: Watch Time by Marineville.

Smokefreerockquest 2011 Winners
Georgia Nott from Nelson band Peasants - winners of this year's national high school music competition.

Introducing: Fantails

Afghanistan Rock Festival
The first music festival planned to take place in Kabul, Afghanistan in over a decade - Sound Central - is taking shape, despite various challenges.

Gig Guide


Live: Tiny Ruins in Session
An intimate session on guitar and piano live at Roundhead Studios. Hear new settings of songs from the album Some Were Meant For Sea - slice-of-life stories which took form during cold winters spent studying in Wellington.

The Sampler: The Finn Brothers
Given new releases from each of New Zealand's most famous fraternal musicians, reviewer Nick Bollinger is keen to compare and contrast Neil Finn's 'Pajama Club' project and Tim Finn's new solo album The View Is Worth The Climb.

Trombone Shorty
The proudly New Orleans musician - and 'Treme' actor - is bringing the world to town on his new album For True.