Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry hasn’t shied away from speaking out about the sexist abuse she’s experienced at the hands of misogynist trolls, using her position as the front person of this Glaswegian synth-pop trio to make her voice heard. Ahead of their appearance at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2016, Chvrches' Martin Doherty explains how he’s weighed in behind his bandmate.


Chvrches Photo: Courtesy of Chvrches

Introducing: Scuba Diva

Kurt Vile
Kurt Vile is still tagged as a former member of The War on Drugs, but with the release of his new LP, b’lieve i'm goin down..., he’s six albums deep into his solo career. Zac Arnold talks to the Pennsylvanian singer, songwriter and producer about leavening his songs with humour, and why he’s chosen to make music.

Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile Photo: Courtesy of The Label


American dream-pop group Luna have reformed after splitting up 10 years ago. Bass player Britta Phillips, whose first gig was providing the singing voice for rocker Jem from the 1980s' animated series of the same name, talks to Kiran Dass about what it’s like playing together again.


(L-to-R: Dean Wareham, Lee Wall, Britta Phillips and Sean Eden) Photo: Courtesy of Luna

Two years in the works, Auckland group GPOGP has delivered their sophomore LP, which comes as a 12-inch slab of vinyl twinned with an art book. Emma Smith talks to the avant-garde rock outfit about Scrying in Infirmary Architecture.

Casey Latimer of GPOGP with his tarot works

Casey Latimer of GPOGP with his tarot works Photo: RNZ / Emma Smith

Gig Guide


Global Beats: Ghana Pt. 1
Ghana has a thriving Afro-pop industry, in which traditional Ghanaian music is infused with elements of pop, hip hop and gospel music.

In part one of Global Beats: Ghana Edition, London-based DJ Rita Ray meets up-and-coming Ghanaian musicians, who perform songs and talk about what inspires them in Ghana and beyond.

Global Beats: Ghana Pt. 1

(L-to-R: Efya, Kyekyeku and Wiyaala) Photo: BBC

Stinky Jim and Dubhead: 25 Years On-Air
Since 1990, Stinky Jim (Pinckney) and Dubhead (Patrick Waller) have been broadcasting on Auckland’s 95bFM, hosting Stinky Grooves and The Rhythm Selection respectively, two shows with a strong reggae focus. On the week of their 25th anniversary celebration, Tony Stamp sits them down to ask about being tastemakers in a changing media landscape, what keeps them hungry for new music, and the tunes that have hit hardest over the last quarter-century.

Dubhead and Stinky Jim

Flyer for Dubhead and Stinky Jim's Sterling Sounds celebration Photo: Courtesy of Dubhead and Stinky Jim

Music played in this show


Artist: Chvrches
Song: Dead Air
Composer: L.Mayberry, I.Cook, M.Doherty
Album: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 OST
Label: Republic

CHVRCHES Interview
Artist: Chvrches 
Song: Bury It, Leave a Trace, Never Ending Circles, Empty Threat
Composer: L.Mayberry, I.Cook, M.Doherty
Album: Every Open Eye
Label: Virgin, Glassnote

Artist: Disclosure feat. Lorde
Song: Magnets
Composer: H.Lawrence, G.Lawrence, E.Yelich-O'Connor
Album: Caracal
Label: PMR, Island

Introducing: Scuba Diva
Artist: Scuba Diva
Song: What’s The Point?
Composer: J.Mac
Album: Single
Label: Universal Music

Artist: Hudson Mohawke
Song: Ryderz
Composer: R.Birchard
Album: Lantern 
Label: Warp

Kurt Vile Interview
Artist: Kurt Vile
Song: Pretty Pimpin, Life Like This, I'm an Outlaw, Lost My Head There
Composer: K.Vile
Album: b’lieve i'm goin down...
Label: Matador Records


The Sampler: Lana Del Ray - Honeymoon
Artist: Lana Del Rey
Songs: God Knows I Tried, Music To Watch Boys To, High By The Beach, Art Deco, Terrence Loves You, Honeymoon
Composer: Del Rey, Nowels
Album: Honeymoon
Label: Interscope

Artist: Lana Del Rey
Song: Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
Composer: Benjamin-Marfcus-Caldwell
Album: Honeymoon
Label: Interscope

Artist: Nina Simone
Song: Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Composer: Benjamin, Caldwell, Marcus
Album: Feeling Good - The Very Best of Nina Simone
Label: Mercury

Artist: The Blackbyrds
Song: Blackbyrds' Theme
Composer: The Blackbyrds
Album: Flying Start
Label: Fantasy

Artist: Galaxie 500
Song: Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste
Composer: Richman
Album: Today
Label: Ryko

Luna Interview
Artist: Luna
Song: Bewitched, Tiger Lily, Lovedust, Astronaut, Friendly Advice
Composer: Luna, Wareham
Album: Luna: Best of
Label: Rhino

Artist: Dean & Britta
Song: Knives From Bavaria (Spoonful Of Fun)
Composer: Wareham
Album: 13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests

Artist: The Renderers 
Song: A Dream of the Sea
Composer: R.Crook, B.Cook
Album: A Dream of the Sea
Label: Siltbreeze Records

Artist: Sharpie Crows 
Song: Bully 4 U
Composer: Sharpie Crows
Album: 12 Omeros
Label: Flying Nun Records

Girls Pissing On Girls Pissing Interview
Artist: Girls Pissing On Girls Pissing
Song: Scrying, A Fraud Abroad, Rainbow Islands
Composer: GPOGP
Album: Scrying in Infirmary Architecture
Label: Muzai

Artist: The Body Lyre
Song: Work
Composer: R.Thomas, A.Winter, K.O'Brien, C.Gay 
Album: Blood/Work seven-inch 
Label: Private

Artist: The Conjurors
Song: When She Falls
Composer: The Conjurors
Album: Hints
Label: 1:12 Records

Gig Guide
Artist: Shamir 
Song: Make a Scene
Composer: S.Bailey, N.Sylvester
Album: Rachet
Label: XL Recordings

Artist: Drake and Future
Song: Big Rings
Composer: Graham, Wilburn, Wayne 
Album: What a Time to Be Alive
Label: Cash Money, Epic, A1

Artist: Ebo Taylor
Song:: Heaven
Composer: Ebo Taylor
Album: Life Stories: Highlife and Afrobeat Classics 1973-1980
Label: Strut

Global Beats with Rita Ray: Ghana Pt. 1

Artist: The Lions feat. The Black Shakespeare
Song: Magnificent Dance
Composer: J.Strummer
Album: The Clash Goes Jamaican 
Label: Golden Singles Records


25 years of Stinky Grooves and The Rhythm Selection
Artist: Cedric Im Brooks and The Sound Dimension
Song: Mun-Gun-Du
Album: Studio One Scorchers
Label: Soul Jazz Records

Artist: Johnny Osbourne & Roots Radics 
Song: Kiss Somebody Dub
Composer: Johnny Osbourne
Album: Johnny Osbourne Meets Roots Radics 1980-1981 Vintage
Label: Volcano

Artist: Fat Freddys Drop 
Song: Slings & Arrows 
Composer: Fat Freddys Drop
Album: Bays
Label: The Drop

Artist: Dub Terminator & Ras Stone
Song: Give Praise
Label: Soul Island

Artist: Cutty Ranks 
Song: The Stopper
Composer: Phillip Thomas
Album: The Stopper
Label: Fashion

Artist: The Sabres Of Paradise
Song: Wilmot’s Last Skank 
Composer: Weatherall, Burns, Kooner
Album: Wilmot II
Label: Warp

Artist: Beyond The Wizards Sleeve 
Song: Ağlarsa Anam Ağlar 
Composer: Beyond The Wizards Sleeve
Album: Beyond The Wizards Sleeve Ark 1
Label: 3rd Mynd

Artist: Pastor T.L. Barrett the Youth for Christ Choir 
Song: Like A Ship
Composer: Pastor T.L. Barrett
Album: Like A Ship (Without A Sail)
Label: Light In The Attic Records

Artist: Lido Pimienta
Song: Mueve
Composer: Lido Pimienta
Album: Color
Label: Independent

Artist: Rionegro
Song: Amazonas
Composer: Rionegro
Album: Rionegro
Label: Comeme