Jeff Tweedy has been known to take exception to the term ‘dad rock’, yet his latest project might be ‘dad rock’ by definition. Tweedy is the name of the new band the Wilco founder and frontman launched in 2014, with his 20-year-old son, Spencer Tweedy. Ahead of the group’s March gig at Auckland’s Powerstation, Nick Bollinger talks to Tweedy Jr.

Spencer and Jeff Tweedy

Spencer and Jeff Tweedy Photo: Courtesy of Tweedy

Headquarters: Purple Pilgrims
We travel to the Tapu studio of Purple Pilgrims.

The Renderers
After leaving their Christchurch home after the 2011 quakes, The Renderers have set up shop in the Californian desert. Maryrose Crook tell Emma Smith about her relationship with this unforgiving landscape in their latest album, In the Sodium Light. 

The Renderers

The Renderers Photo: Supplied


RP Boo
Dance pioneer RP Boo talks about how the symbiotic relationship between dance, music and healthy battle culture has shaped Chicago footwork. 

RP Boo

RP Boo Photo: Supplied

The 1975
Led by outspoken frontman Matty Healy, the sucrose-spiked pop smarts of Mancunian indie rock quartet The 1975 have won the band an international fan base and influential supporters, from Taylor Swift to ex-Joy Division/New Order’s Peter Hook. With the release of their mouthful of a sophomore, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, Healy talks to Sam Wicks about leading from the front.

The 1975 (L-to-R: Ross MacDonald, George Daniel, Matthew Healy, Adam Hann)

The 1975 (L-to-R: Ross MacDonald, George Daniel, Matthew Healy, Adam Hann) Photo: Courtesy of Sony Music

Introducing: Malcolm S.

Malcom S.

Malcom S. Photo: Martin Alexander Cook


HDU Live at Kings Arms
A centrepiece of Flying Nun’s roster from the mid-’90s, Dunedin psychedelic rock trio HDU regrouped in January to bring their wall of noise to Laneway 2016. Ahead of their Thunderdome performance, the band played Auckland’s Kings Arms, a set captured by RNZ Music’s Andre Upston.

HDU's Tristan Dingemans performing at Laneway 2016

HDU's Tristan Dingemans performing at Laneway 2016 Photo: Diego Opatowski

Benjamin Clementine
When he was 19, Benjamin Clementine arrived in Paris with little more than a suitcase full of uncooked spaghetti. He was ‘discovered’ busking in the Paris Metro, before embarking on a creative journey that saw his debut album At Least For Now win the Mercury Prize. Trevor Reekie catches up with the young Brit to talk creative solitude and artistic vindication.

Benjamin Clementine

Benjamin Clementine Photo: Micky Clement

Music played in this show


Artist: Uncle Tupelo
Song: Sandusky
Composer: Uncles Tupelo
Album: March 16–20, 1992
Label: Rockville Records

Interview: Tweedy
Artist: Tweedy
Songs: Please Don’t Let Me Be So Understood, World Away, Slow Love, I’ll Sing It, Flowering, Summer Noon
Composer: Tweedy
Album: Sukierae
Label: dBpm Records


Introducing: MOSES
Artist: MOSES:
Song: Feel The Light:
Composer: MOSES
Label: MOSES



Headquarters: Purple Pilgrims
Artist: Purple Pilgrims
Song: Thru Every Cell, Perpetual Prelude
Composer: Adams/ Adams
Album: Unreleased
Label: RNZ Recording


Interview: The Renderers
Artist: The Renderers
Song: Hiding, The Remembering Room, Harsh Proposition, You Raised Me
Composer: Crook/ Crook
Album: In The Sodium Light
Label: Ba Da Bing




Artist: Rainbow Chan
Song: Nest
Composer: R. Chan
Album: Nest Single
Label: Silo Arts & Records



Interview: RP Boo
Artist: RP Boo
Song: Baby Come On 
Composer: RP Boo
Album: Classics Vol. 1
Label: Planet Mu

Artist: Chip E
Song: Time To Jack
Composer: Chip E, Joe Smooth
Album: Time To Jack
Label: Gotta Dance Music

Artist: RP Boo
Song: Beat Me
Composer: RP Boo
Album: Fingers, Bank Pads and Shoe Prints
Label: Planet Mu

Artist: RP Boo
Song: Total Darkness
Composer: RP Boo
Album: Bangs And Works
Label: Planet Mu

Artist: RP Boo
Song: Invisibu Boogie
Composer: RP Boo
Album: Legacy
Label: Planet Mu

Artist: RP Boo
Song: Bang'n on King Drive
Composer: RP Boo
Album: Bang'n on King Drive 
Label: Planet Mu

The Sampler: Kendrick Lamar

Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Song: Untitled/Unmastered
Composer: K. Lamar
Album: Untitled/Unmastered
Label: Top Dawg Entertainment

Artist: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Song: Slash/Burn
Composer: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Album: A Man Down
Label: Ribbon Music

Interview: The 1975
Artist: The 1975
Song: She's American, Loving Someone, The Sound, This Must Be My Dream, UGH!, The Ballad of Me and My Brain
Composer: A.Hann, G.Daniel, M.Healy, R.MacDonald
Album: I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
Label: Dirty Hit, Interscope


Artist: Malcolm S.
Song: Taboo
Composer: E M S Logan
Album Taboo single
Label: Malcolm S.


Artist: Parquet Courts
Song: Berlin Got Blury
Composer: parquet Courts
Album: Human Performance
Label: Rough Trade Records


Artist: Cat Power
Song: Manhattan
Composer: C. Marshall
Album: Sun
Label: Matador



Live: HDU at the King's Arms
Artist: HDU
Songs: Parfum, Space Blues, Animale, Hold On
Composer: HDU
Album: RNZ Music Recording
Atlantic RNZ Music Recording



Artist: Space Bats Attack!
Song: Mouldy Peaches
Composer: Space Bats Attack!
Album: SUB EP
Label: Space Bats Attack!



Artist: Ghost Wave
Song: Don't Ask Why
Composer: Ghost Wave
Album: Radio Norfolk
Label: Flying Nun Records

Interview: Benjamin Clementine
Artist: Benjamin Clementine
Song: Adios, Quiver A Little, The People And I, Gone, Cornerstone, Condolence, Winston Churchill's Boy, London
Composer: B.Clementine
Album: At Least For Now
Label: Behind Records

Artist: Ebo Taylor
Song: Nga Nga
Composer E. Taylor
Album: Love & Death
Label: Strut Records