When His Royal Badness, Prince, discovered young Melbourne funk-rock musician Harts through a YouTube clip, his endorsement saw Harts invited to Prince’s Minneapolis HQ, Paisley Park, where he was given career advice from the man himself. Harts talks to Sam Wicks about Prince’s game-changing co-sign.


Harts Photo: Courtesty of Harts

The Sampler: Tame Impala – Currents
Jim Pinckney reviews Tame Impala’s electrifying new LP, Currents.

Introducing: ENT

 E N T

E N T Photo: Stan Alley

Henry Laufer aka Shlohmo has been making electronic music since he was 14. Now 25, he has left behind the LA Beat sound that defined him, and now makes electronic anthems that aim for the heart as well as the dancefloor. Tony Stamp catches up with the LA beatmaker to talk about playing with a live band for the first time, and his radical shift in sound.


Shlohmo Photo: Courtesy of Shlohmo

Toni Huata - Matariki and Te Wiki o te Reo
Monday marks the start of Te Wiki O te Reo Maori and this year marks 40 years since Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori began. Melody Thomas speaks with Toni Huata about maori language week and the video she’ll release this week to mark the occasion.


Albert Hammond Jr.
Albert Hammond Jr. cut his teeth as guitarist for The Strokes, but he’s also established himself as a musical force in his own right, most recently with his third solo album, Momentary Masters. Zac Arnold shares sports metaphors with Hammond Jr. while discovering what he wants to achieve with the new LP.

Albert Hammond Jr.

Albert Hammond Jr. Photo: Courtesy of Albert Hammond Jr.

Alien Weaponry
Northland metal band Alien Weaponry formed in 2010, when the band’s members were only 8 and 11 years old. Since then, Alien Weaponry has featured in numerous Smokefreerockquest finals, opened for heavyweight rock bands Shihad and Devilskin, and released a debut EP. Craig Hayes talks to the road-weary band about their Te Reo Māori song, ‘Ruana Te Whenua (The Trembling Earth)’, which they'll debut at next week's Whangarei regional final of Smokefree Pacifica Beats.

Alien Weaponry's Lewis and Henry de Jong

Alien Weaponry's Lewis and Henry de Jong Photo: Courtesy of Alien Weaponry

APRA AMCOS Live Performance Returns

APRA AMCOS are an organisation charged with managing the performance and communication rights of its Australiasian musicians and collecting royalties for music that is performed publicly on radio, television, online or at live gigs. Manager of NZ’s Member Services Victoria Kelly guides Zac through the returns process finding out how much mula his band will make.

APRA membership card

APRA membership card Photo: Zac Arnold

Gig Guide


Dylan Goes Electric
On the evening of 25 July 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at Newport Folk Festival, backed by an electric band. The audience of folk purists and political activists who had hailed him as their acoustic prophet reacted with a mix of shock, booing, and scattered cheers. It was the shot heard round the world—Dylan’s declaration of musical independence, the end of the folk revival, and the birth of rock as the voice of a generation—and one of the defining moments in twentieth-century music. On the 50th anniversary of this seminal event, Nick Bollinger talks to writer and musician Elijah Wald, whose new book Dylan Goes Electric! explores Dylan’s decisive act in its cultural, political and historical context.

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan Photo: Creative Commons

Lawrence Arabia and Carnivorous Plant Society
Lawrence Arabia is in the hot seat for this year’s NZIFF Live Cinema event, and he’s chosen an emerging band of session musicians from Auckland, Carnivorous Plant Society, to collaborate with. They’re tasked with the 1928 romantic silent film, Lonesome, directed by Paul Fejos. Sophie Wilson catches up with them during rehearsal to see how it’s done.

Lawrence Arabia and Carnivorous Plant Society (L-to-R: Siobhanne Thompson, Finn Scholes and James Milne)

Lawrence Arabia and Carnivorous Plant Society (L-to-R: Siobhanne Thompson, Finn Scholes and James Milne) Photo: Photo by Sophie Wilson

Music played in this show


Artist: Bob Dylan
Song: Subterranean Homesick Blues (instrumental)
Composer: Bob Dylan
Album: Bringing It All Back Home
Label: Columbia

Artist: Prince
Composer: P.Nelson
Album: Single
Label: NPG Records


Artist: Harts
Song: Lovers In Bloom
Composer: D.Hart
Label: RNZ Music Recording

Artist: Harts
Song: Breakthrough, Streets, When A Man's A Fool
Composer: D.Hart
Album: Breakthrough EP
Label: Offtime Music

Artist: HUSK
Song: Take Your Time
Composer: HUSK
Album: The Freaks
Label: Private

The Sampler: Tame Impala - Currents

Artist: Tame Impala
Song: The Less I Know The Better, Let It Happen, The Moment, New Person, Same Old Mistakes, Reality In Motion, Past Life, Cause I’m A Man, Eventually
Composer: K.Parker
Album: Currents
Label: Interscope

Introducing: E N T

Artist: E N T
Composer: N. Taare
Album: Post Traumatic Television
Label: Private


Artist: Shlohmo
Song: Meet Ur Maker, Buried, Slow Descent, Ditch, Beams
Composer: Henry Laufer
Album: Deep Red
Label: True Panther/ Wedidit

Artist: Shlohmo
Song: Parties
Composer: Henry Laufer
Album: Bad Vibes
Label: Friends Of Friends

Artist: Shlohmo
Song: Later
Composer: Henry Laufer
Album: Laid Out EP
Label: Friends Of Friends/ Wedidit

Artist: Shlohmo & Jeremih
Song: No More
Composer: Henry Laufer & Jeremih Felton
Album: No More EP
Label: Wedidit

Toni Huata - Matariki and Te Wiki o te reo Maori

Artist: Toni Huata
Song: Hopukia Te Tao, A Muri Ra
Composer: T. Huata, G. Farr
Album: Hopukia
Label: Waahuu

Artist: Toni Huata
Song: He Mihi Maioha
Composer:Toni Huata
Album: Mauri To


Artist: The Strokes
Song: Take It or Leave It
Composer: J. Casablancas
Album: Is This It
Label: RCA

Albert Hammond Jr.

Artist: Albert Hammond Jr.
Song: Losing Touch, Power Hungry, Born Slippy, Caught By My Shadow
Album: Momentary Masters
Composer: A. Hammond Jr.
Label: Vagrant Records

Artist: Spoon
Song: Inside Out (Fabrizio Moretti remix)
Composer: Spoon
Album: Inside Out (Remixes)

Artist: Wavves
Song: Way Too Much
Composer: Nathan Williams
Album: V
Label: Rhythm Method

Alien Weaponry

Artist: Alien Weaponry
Song: Hypocrite
Composer: Alien Weaponry
Album: The Zego Sessions
Label: Self-released

Artist: Alien Weaponry
Song: Cages
Composer: Alien Weaponry
Album: The Zego Sessions
Label: Self-released

Artist: Alien Weaponry
Song: Never as it Seems
Composer: Alien Weaponry
Album: The Zego Sessions
Label: Self-released

Artist: Alien Weaponry
Song: Ruana Te Whenua
Composer: Alien Weaponry
Album: The Zego Sessions
Label: Self-released

Radio Ngati Hine

Artist: Troy Kingi
Song: This is Home
Composer: T. Kingi
Album: Single
Label: Private

APRA Live Performance Return

Artist: Sere
Song: Have It Your Way
Composer: Sere
Album: Have It Your Way single
Label: Sere

Gig Guide

Artist: Naughty By Nature
Song: O.P.P.
Composer: V. Brown, K. Gist, A. Criss, B.Gordy
Album: Nature's Finest
Label: Tommy Boy

Artist: Sly and Robbie
Song: Superthruster
Composer: L. Dunbar, R. Shakespeare, L. Willis, H. Bernstein, J. Livesey, J. Shaw
Album: Drum and Bass Strip Back to the Bone by Howie B
Label: Island


Dylan Goes Electric

Artist: Bob Dylan
Song: Like A Rolling Stone, Tombstone Blues, Desolation Row
Composer: Dylan
Album: Highway 61 Revisited
Label: Columbia

Artist: Bob Dylan
Song: Highway 51
Composer: Trad. Arr. Dylan
Album: Bob Dylan
Label: Columbia

Artist: Bob Dylan
Song: Maggie’s Farm, Like A Rolling Stone, It’s All Over Now Baby Blue
Composer: Dylan
DVD: The Other Side Of The Mirror
Label: Columbia

Artist: Pete Seeger
Song: We Shall Overcome, John Henry
Composer: Trad. Arr. Seeger
Album: The Essential Pete Seeger
Label: Sony

Artist: Peter, Paul & Mary
Song: Blowin’ In The Wind
Composer: Dylan
Album: Ten Years Together
Label: Warner Bros.

Lawrence Arabia - Lonesome

Artist: Lawrence Arabia and Carnivorous Plant Society
Song: I’ll Be Loving You Always
Composer: J.Milne, F. Scholes
Label: Private

Radio Ngati Porou

Artist: Charlie Kahaki
Song: Matariki
Composer: Tumanako Kururangi
Album: Single
Label: Private

Artist: Ta-ku
Song: Sunrise/Beatuiful feat. Jordan Rakei
Composer: R. Matthews
Album: Songs To Make Up To
Label: Future Classic