For two decades Glaswegian band Mogwai has consistently redefined the loud-quiet-loud conventions of post-rock. Known for their fearsome – and at times uncomfortably loud – shows, they're in New Zealand this weekend. We meet them to talk about the evolution of Mogwai, and how their hearing is holding up. 

Mogwai / Photo by Steve Gullick.

Future Islands
The Wireless’ Marcus Stickley meets Future Islands, the Baltimore trio first introduced to mainstream audiences with their electrifying performance on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Neil Feather
Baltimore-based instrument maker Neil Feather talks to Emma Smith about the games of improvisation he plays and introduces us to the nondo, an instrument made of sheet metal.


Elvis In The Gardens
August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley is pronounced dead. While the King has now left the building, he lives on in his countless singles, albums, movies and tribute artists, fans who have crossed the line, worshiping Presley through embodiment. Zac Arnold heads to the annual Elvis In the Gardens festival to find out how six different tribute artists got all shook up.

Elvis tribute artist Kerryn Winn performing at Elvis in the Gardens / Photo by Zac Arnold.

Formed at a flat on 660 Castle St in the heart of Dunedin’s scarfy district, Six60 fast became festival headliners, with a musical formula that took cues from local heroes like Shapeshifter, The Black Seeds and Kora - but, despite their success, these relative new arrivals say they still feel like outsiders in the NZ music community. With a new self-titled album, a new songwriting partner in the form of Printz Board, and a plan to reach more people than ever before, Six60 talk to Sam Wicks about their stadium-sized ambition.

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Six60 live in London.

Introducing: Aporia

Aporia / Self-portrait.


The Sampler Summit: Madonna
After more than three decades in the spotlight, the artist known simply as Madonna retains an iconic place at the heart of popular culture. The release of Rebel Heart, Madonna’s 13th studio album, provides the focus for a Sampler Summit. Nick Bollinger leads a discussion with Jackie Clarke, Mika and Little Bark’s Sophie Burberry, covering the new record and the controversial career that has brought the 56-year-old pop icon to this moment.

Madonna / Photo by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott.

Ata Kak
In 1994, Ghanaian artist Ata Kak released his cassette Obaa Sima in Ghana and Canada. He sold three copies, and disappeared. Years later, Awesome Tapes From Africa’s Brian Shimkovitz discovered one of these cassettes at a stall in Cape Coast, Ghana. Simon Wallace talks to Ata Kak about the creation of Obaa Sima, and to Shimkovitz about the decade-long search for its creator.

Ata Kak
Ata Kak / Photo courtesy of Awesome Tapes From Africa.

Music played in this show


Artist: Neu!
Song: Hallogallo
Composer: Dinger, Rother
Album: Neu!
Label: Gronland

Mogwai Interview
Artist: Mogwai
Song: Mogwai Fear Satan
Composer: Mogwai
Album: Special Moves, Live in Brooklyn NY 2009
Label: Spunk

Artist: Mogwai
Song: Waltz For Aiden
Composer: Mogwai
Album: Come On Die Young
Label: Chemikal Underground

Artist: Mogwai
Song: The Lord Is Out Of Control
Composer: Mogwai
Album: Rave Tapes
Label: Rock Action

Artist: Mogwai
Song: CODY
Composer: Mogwai
Album: Special Moves, Live in Brooklyn NY 2009
Label: Spunk

Artist: Mogwai
Song: Remurdered
Composer: Mogwai
Album: Rave Tapes
Label: Rock Action

Artist: Mogwai
Song: Hungry Face
Composer: Mogwai
Album: Les Revenants OST
Label: Rock Action

Artist: Mogwai
Song: Hexon Bogon
Composer: Mogwai
Album: Rave Tapes
Label: Rock Action


Artist: Kora
Song: Story Ain't Over
Composer: Kora
Album: Light Years
Label: Kora

Artist: Maribou State
Song: Rituals
Composer: C.Davids, L.Ivory
Album: Portraits
Label: Counter Records


Future Islands Interview
Artist: Future Islands
Song: A Dream of You And Me, Seasons, Spirits
Composer: Future Islands
Album: Singles
Label: 4AD


Artist: Amason
Song: Algen
Composer: P.Winnberg, G.Ejstes, P.Winnberg , A.Bergman, N.Törnqvist
Album: Sky City
Label: Fairfax

Neil Feather Interview
Artist: Neil Feather
Song: Nondo improvisation
Composer: N.Feather
Album: Unreleased
Label: RNZ recording



Artist: Carl Perkins
Song: Blue Suede Shoes
Composer: C.Perkins
Album: The Essential Sun Collection
Label: Snapper

Elvis In The Gardens Interviews
Artist: Elvis Presley
Song: Heartbreak Hotel
Composer: Mae Boren Axton and Thomas Durden
Album: Single
Label: RCA Victor

Artist: Elvis Presley
Song: It’s Now Or Never
Composer: Wally Gold, Aaron Schroeder, Eduardo di Capua
Album: Single
Label: RCA Victor

Artist: Elvis Presley
Song: Blue Suede Shoes
Composer: Carl Perkins
Album: Elvis Presley
Label: RCA Victor

Artist: Elvis Presley
Song: Can’t Help Falling In Love
Composer: Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss
Album: Blue Hawaii
Label: RCA Victor

Artist: Elvis Presley
Song: If I Can Dream
Composer: Walter Earl Brown
Album: Complete '68 Comeback Special
Label: RCA Victor

Artist: Beck
Song:Blue Moon
Composer: Hansen
Album: Morning Phase
Label: Capitol

Artist: Kanye West feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney
Song: All Day
Composer: Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Tyler Bryant, Kendrick Lamar, Karim Kharbouch, Ernest Brown, Cydel Young, Victor Mensah, Allan Kyariga, Mike Dean, Che Pope, Noah Goldstein, Allen Ritter, Mario Winans, Charles Njapa, Malik Yusef Jones, Patrick Reynolds, Rennard East, Noel Ellis
Album: So Help Me God
Label: Def Jam


Six60 Interview
Artist: Six60
Song: FTW (Intro), Special, Find My Way, Die For, White Lines, Purple, Don't Go Changing
Composer: Six60, P.Board
Album: Six60
Label: Universal

Introducing: Aporia
Artist: Aporia
Song: Pop Plague
Composer: Mitchell O’ Sullivan
Album: Heaven Force Early Fall
Label: Self Released


Artist: Surf City
Song: Leave Your Worries
Composer: Surf City
Album: Jekyll Island
Label: Fire Records

Artist: Parquet Courts
Song: Instant Disassembly
Composer: Parquet Courts
Album: Sunbathing Animal
Label: What's Your Rupture?, Mom & Pop


Gig Guide
Artist: The Upbeats
Song: Monogram
Composer: Glenn, Jones
Album: Primitive Technique
Label: Vision


Artist: Jack Ü feat. Bunji Garlin
Song: Jungle Bae
Composer: T.Pentz, S.Moore, I.Alvarez
Album: Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
Label: OWSLA, Mad Decent, Atlantic Records


The Sampler Summit: Madonna
Artist: Madonna
Song: Holiday
Composer: Hudson, Stevens
Song: Justify My Love
Composer: Kravitz, Chavez, Madonna
Song: Papa Don’t Preach
Composer: Elliot, Madonna
Song: Into The Groove
Composer: Madonna, Bray
Album: The Immaculate
Label: Warner Bros.

Artist: Madonna
Song: Ray Of Light
Composer: Madonna, Orbit, Muldoon, Curtiss, Leach
Album: Ray Of Light
Label: Warner Bros.

Artist: Madonna
Song: Living For Love
Composer: Madonna, Pentz, McDonald, Gad, Rechtstaid, Emenike
Song: Devil Pray
Composer: Madonna, Bergling, Falk, Yacoub, Kotecha
Song: Ghosttown
Composer: Madonna, Evigan, Douglas, Bogart
Song: Illuminati
Composer: Madonna, Gad, McDonald, Griffin Jr., Dean
Song: Bitch I’m Madonna
Composer: Madonna, Pentz, Rechstaid, McDonald, Gad
Song: Iconic
Composer: Madonna, Gad, McDonald, Griffin Jr.

Artist: Tyra Hammond
Song: Break The Chains
Composer: T.Hammond, J.Toy
Album: Tyra Hammond EP
Label: From the Crate Records

Ata Kak Interview
Artist: Ata Kak
Song: Obaa Sima, Medofo, Bome Nnwom, Adagya
Composer: Yaw Atta-Owusu
Album: Obaa Sima
Label: Awesome Tapes From Africa


Artist: Buena Vista Social Club
Song: Macusa
Composer: Buena Vista Social Club
Album: Lost and Found
Label: World Circuit

Artist: Aphex Twin
Song: Diskhat ALL prepared1mixed
Composer: James
Album: Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2
Label: Warp