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We’ve got Sheep Dog & Wolf's new album Two Minds to give away on vinyl. Tune in to find out how to win! 

Two-Minds is Sheep Dog & Wolf's first full release since his debut Egospect dropped in 2013 to critical acclaim. It followed the multi-instrumentalist’s Ablutophobia EP which garnered praise from The Guardian and Vogue and propelled the then 17-year-old into the spotlight. 

Sheep Dog & Wolf (Daniel McBride) joined Charlotte on the show previously to discuss the pain behind the making of the new album, click here to check it out. 

Sheep Dog & Wolf Two Minds album cover

Sheep Dog & Wolf Two Minds album cover Photo: supplied

12.20 Taite Music Prize 2021 

In a celebration of music and creativity, Reb Fountain was announced as the winner of the 2021 Taite Music Prize for her 2020 self-titled album at Auckland's Q Theatre on Tuesday, April 20th. 

Named after the late Dylan Taite, one of Aotearoa’s most respected music journalists, the Taite Music Prize recognizes outstanding creativity for an album. 

Reb home took the prestigious prize ahead of some of New Zealand’s finest musicians including Nadia Reid, L.A.B, Tami Neilson The Beths, and last year’s winner Troy Kingi.

The ceremony also included the presentation of the Independent Music NZ Classic Record Award to Patea Māori Club for their iconic 1983 single ‘Poi E’. 

The Award acknowledges one New Zealand record released over 20 years ago on an independent label that has become a quintessential nugget of our musical history. 

Other winners on the night included indie fuzz--pop duo Na Noise who took home the Auckland Live Best Independent Debut Award for their debut album Waiting For You. 

Na Noise also performed a cover of Reb Fountain’s “Faster” on the night while Troy King and Patea Māori Club also performed to a packed audience at the Q Theatre in Tāmaki Makaurau.

The evening was hosted by 95bFM's Sarah Thomson, and was attended by 400 industry, media, and artists from around Aotearoa in a celebration of creative works made in Aotearoa. 

Music 101 was there for the event and spoke to winners, nominees, and even original members of the Patea Māori Club.

Check out this fabulous documentary on Poi E

Charlotte Ryan and Reb Fountain at the Taite Music Awards 2021. Reb is holding the Taite Music Prize trophy.

Charlotte Ryan and Reb Fountain at the Taite Music Awards 2021. Reb is holding the Taite Music Prize trophy. Photo: supplied

1.15 INTERVIEW: London Grammar

Acclaimed UK trio London Grammar have just released their third album Californian Soil and announced that they’ll be performing in New Zealand at Spark Arena on March 22nd next year.

Tickets here

Tony Stamp talked to singer Hannah Reid from her home in Britain, about the new album’s focus on feminism, collaborating with her bandmates Dan and Dot, and her family connection to New Zealand.

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London Grammar

London Grammar Photo: Supplied

1.35 The Sampler

Tony Stamp absorbs a posthumous release from Auckland musician Reuben Winter (performing here as Milk), and the first solo album by Dianne Swann (also in The Bads, and formerly of When The Cats Away and The Julie Dolphin)

Push play to hear Reuben Winter, or skip to 9:25 to hear Dianne Swann 

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Reuben Winter memorial on Karangahape Rd

Reuben Winter memorial on Karangahape Rd Photo: supplied

2PM LIVE: Merk | RNZ Live Sessions 

A sneak peak of our upcoming brand new RNZ Music Live Sessions! Local multi-instrumentalist Merk performs live with a full band. 

You can check out Merk's newest album Infinite Youth here

For his live performance, Merk is joined by:

    Alex Freer (drums)

    Jess Hix (percussion)

    Matt Clampitt (bass)

    Josh Yong (keys)

    Shannon Fowler (guitar/keys)

    Olivia Nott (BVs)

Made with the support of new Zealand On Air.

Merk is heading out on his first-ever national headline tour. He'll play with a full band will play five dates across Aotearoa in May. 

Click here for ticket info 


Jam Factory, Tauranga


Meow, Wellington


The Loons, Christchurch


Dive, Dunedin

3:00 INTERVIEW: So Below 

LA-based, NZ-born goth-pop artist So Below has released her highly-anticipated debut album LEFT BEHIND last year. 

The album itself took many years to finish, with some songs being almost five years old at the time of release. 

“I started later in music than all my friends, so I've always felt like I was one step behind everyone else. There's a few songs on the album that reflect that, and the name Left Behind definitely reflects that also.”- So Below 

She caught up with Charlotte on her return home to discuss the merits of releasing full albums and the reason why she's heading back to LA.

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LA Based NZ born artist So Below

LA Based NZ born artist So Below Photo: supplied

3.30  Nick Bollinger gets In the spirit 

Nick Bollinger guides us through Black America's rich tradition of religious song.

Black Americans made some of the most earth-shaking sounds of the 20th century. For a start, they invented jazz and the blues, and today it would be hard to find a corner of the planet where the impact of those vital musical forms hasn't been felt. But they also produced one of the most profound bodies of religious music. Join Nick Bollinger for a guide to Black America's rich tradition of religious song: In the Spirit.

This is the final part of Nick Bollingers In The Sprit series. If you missed out on previous episodes or you'd like to listen to the full production, click below. 

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Photo: CC00 Samueles

4:00 The Mixtape - Perlina Lau  

RNZ’er Perlina Lau began her on-screen career with the web series Flat3 in 2013. Since then, she’s gone on to co-star in follow-up Friday Night Bites, which was nominated for two New Zealand Television Awards, work for BBC News, and work as social media presenter on Paul Henry’s morning show TV3’s Story

Currently, Perlina presents RNZ World Watch, reporting on international news, as well as starring in brand new TVNZ comedy Creamerie

She joins Charlotte Ryan to talk about life, and pick her favourite songs.

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Creamerie cast

Creamerie cast Photo: supplied

Songs played on today's show:


RJD2 - Ghostwriter

Holly Smith & Don McGlashan - Bath in the river Kōrukutia

Beats International - Dub Be Good to me

XTC - Making plans for Nigel

Kings of Leon - Slow night, So Long

Roy Orbison - Oh, Pretty Woman

Courtney Barnett - Avant Gardener

Sheep Dog and Wolf - Two-Minds


Fat Freddys Drop - Kamo Kamo (Richard  Dorfmeister & Stefan Obermaier remix)

He Waka Kōtuia - Huia Te Aroha 

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Susie Q

Dave Dobbyn - Language

The Phoenix Foundation - Blood on my hands 

The Sampler: 


’78, Dopehead, Crit+, Stolen Valor, Maple, Shirts

Dianne Swann- 

Reel You In, The Cynic, Show Your Heart, Losing the War on Peace of Mind, Rare Good Feeling


Kruder and Dorfmeister - King Size

Jesse Weir - Oh la la 

David Bowie - Fame

SAULT - Why why why why why 

Grace Jones - Warm Leatherette

Ramones - Beat on the Brat

Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop 

Ramones- I wanna be your boyfriend 

TL Stamp - Archipelago 


Yin Yin - One Inch Punch

Prince  - Money don't matter 2 night 

Eels - Novocaine for the soul

The Moody Blues - Nights in White Satin

Team Dynamite feat Lois Baker - Dragon Fruit


The Mixtape: 

Singing in the Rain – Musical -Arthur Freed, Herb Brown

The Age of the Understatement: The Last Shadow Puppets

Tarakihi  -Traditional

Stars – The XX

Cavalleria Rusticana -Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti, Guido Menasci, Pietro Mascagni

Daisy Dash – New York, New York