Girlboss show there are second acts in indie rock lives

Wellington band Girlboss on the transition from music's blog-era to its playlist-era.

Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan: ‘It can be a little heartbreaking, re-opening those wounds’

Snail Mail, the 19-year-old at the forefront of indie rock's female-led renaissance. 

Pod on the Couch: Katchafire’s South Pacific reggae legacy

Henry Oliver talks to Katchafire about their world travels and new album Legacy.

May NZ music round-up: Villette, SWIDT, Jacinda Ardern & more

A round-up of some of the best things to happen in New Zealand music in May.

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EXCLUSIVE: Dudley Benson ‘(Glad I’m) Not a Kennedy’ video premiere

The Spinoff presents the video premiere of Dudley Benson's first single in three years, a cover of Shona Laing’s 1988 classic '(Glad I’m) Not a Kennedy'.

Appetite for destruction (and cash): Steven Adler, live in Auckland

Last Thursday, former Guns n’ Roses drummer Steven Adler brought a band of ring-ins to Auckland to play (most of) Appetite for Destruction and have a chat with his mum.

Shawn Mendes’ new album is a stone-cold killer

Against all odds, the self-titled Shawn Mendes album is not only worth a listen, it's bloody great.

‘I thought that would be the end of my brain’: Jeremy Toy’s long road to recovery

After suffering two life-threatening injuries, local musician Jeremy Toy now faces another challenge: getting his career back on track.

Matthew Young’s lost years are bearing fruit

Pop artist Matthew Young on his new EP and re-evaluating success after mental illness.

Why student radio is still going strong, four decades on

RDU98.5FM and chairperson of the Student Radio Network on how student radio is more than surviving.

Seth Haapu and Maisey Rika in conversation: ‘Make music that brings value’

Friends and collaborators Maisey Rika and Seth Haapu sit down together to talk about Haapu's new single and video 'New Wave'.

Inside New Zealand’s traditional folk revival

Folk music is experiencing a renaissance in New Zealand as musicians rediscover the Gaelic tradition of pub sessions. Baz Macdonald reports.

R&B singer-songwriter Villette: ‘I’ll do whatever the fuck it takes’

R&B and neo-soul singer-songwriter Villette on making it from Mad Butcher to Los Angeles.

Courtney Barnett wants you to tell her how you really feel

Aussie singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett is back with her second solo release, trading wry and acerbic for something a little more earnest.

Elton, Etta or Ed? Our best guesses for the Royal Wedding first dance

For The Spinoff Music, the big question of the day isn't what dress Meghan Markle is going to wear, but what song she'll be dancing to with Harry. Thanks to Spotify, here's our best guess.

All the best cameos in JessB’s incredible new music video

Everyone loves a cameo, and JessB has them all for you in her new music video for 'Set It Off.