Three years since the release of their last album, "zero-one", Christchurch atmospheric-rock trio Troika are back with a new release titled "My brain is a receiver". 

Sonically following on in a similar fashion to the largely instrumental "zero-one", the band has nonetheless reintroduced more of a focus on vocal-led melodies, with all three members contributing. The songwriting again journeys between quiet, melodic mood-pieces to longer, dynamic passages that build to a crashing 'wall of sound' crescendo.

Lyttelton singer songwriter Candice Milner is set to release her debut album on November 11th. Candice has been working hard on the record and is looking forward to touring the country to support the release.

“For the past year I have been perfecting a set of my own songs, I am thrilled with the outcome and can't wait for you all to hear it.”- Candice

You can pre-order 'Evergreen' on iTunes here:

The Wendys have a single release party coming up at Blue Smoke on Saturday 5th November. Supporting them on the night will be surf rock band Hawaiian Maiden and DJ Dick Martin.

Prizes for best Hawaiian shirt/skirt.

Tickets $10 at the door.



With five weeks to go until the 51st Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards it’s time to reveal the Tui finalists at NZ’s biggest night in entertainment.


First up for this year’s Tui contenders are pop group Broods. Their sophomore album Conscious dropped in June 2016 and was hugely popular both here and overseas.


Looking for somewhere to rehearse with your band, write music, or just be creative? Come and experience BeatBox! For all enquiries go to 

For anyone out there with an interest in audio engineering and music production, MAINZ will be hosting an open day this Saturday at their city campus. 

Astoundingly unpublished after 15 years ‘Artificial Selections’ began as a post millennium concept created by Mike Petrie & James Meharry in the summer of 2001. Carefully re-mastered over a decade later this never-been-released collection continues to speak from the past, present and future. Deep jungle break beats reference funk and hip-hop origins of the 1980’s. Block party breaks wrapped up in hardcore tomes from a 90’s rave generation, with sinusoidal sub-bass rhythms pulsing x-way visions through bodies from a distant dance floor.

There were 176 applications received by NZ On Air in the latest round of New Music Funding. The following recipients were awarded funding.

Anthonie Tonnon, Armed In Advance, B O K E H, Bakers Eddy, Beachspeaker, Clap Clap Riot, Dave Weir, Diaz Grimm, I AM GIANT, Jon Lemmon, Jupiter Project, Kings, Louis Baker, Miloux, Mt Eden Official, Nadia Reid, Nakita Music, nomad, RaizaBiza, Shakes, The Map Room, The Upbeats, Theia, TRUTH and Yoko-Zuna!

Applications for November are currently open, which is last funding round of the year.

Congratulations to Guy Dooney & The Battlers for winning the Canterbury University Tunesoc music competition at the Foundry last night. The self-described “simple country lads from the Hawkes Bay” were reminiscent of a young Cat Stevens and showed great potential. Sam Thomas and the Music Club team (Tunesoc) hosted a great event, with a high calibre of performers. 

Devilskin will be joined by Grammy Award Winning Hard Rock band Halestorm to deliver an incredible double headline tour of New Zealand, from 31st Dec - 8th January.

Included in the tour will be a massive New Year’s Eve show here in Christchurch in Cathedral Square.

Rising stars in the NZ rock scene City Of Souls will be supporting Devilskin on all dates of the tour. Local hard rock heroes Stonehurst will open the shows for the South Island leg of the tour.

Late last year, BeatBox Studios in Christchurch launched a series of filmed recording sessions called BoxFresh Live!  We are now pleased to announce the next installment of this series, featuring all new artists and coming to you live from the Gloucester Room at the prestigious Isaac Theatre Royal.

Wellington singer-songwriter Thomas Oliver has won New Zealand's top song writing award for his song If I Move to Mars. The Apra Silver Scroll award acknowledges excellence in song writing and has, in the past, gone to some of the biggest names in New Zealand music.

The unholy high priest of psychobilly, The Reverend Horton Heat makes his first visit to New Zealand for a series of high octane shows this October.

Nominations are now open for Best Folk Album 2017!


Entry for this award is open to recordings released between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016.


Entries must be submitted to Recorded Music NZ before 5pm on Wednesday 26 October.


To view the full Terms & Conditions of entry for Best Folk Album please follow the link to the nominations site here

Applications are now open for CONTROL – a dynamic five stage program designed to help music managers in the middle of their careers from both sides of the Tasman thrive, in a new music management paradigm.

Here’s a very interesting read courtesy of SXSW. I highly recommend this event for; labels artists, managers, and music lovers. It has to be experienced to be believed….


The Boss is coming! Bruce Springsteen will play AMI Stadium on Tuesday 21st February as part of his upcoming Australasian tour. Supporting will be Jet and our own Marlon Williams.

Pre-sale tickets will be available for Frontier Members on Tuesday, September 20 via

Tickets for the general public go on-sale from Friday, September 23.

Attention all you singer-songwriters and acoustic acts! Canterbury University Music Club are hosting a music competition on campus this October. Entry details are available here:

Here is a really valuable article courtesy of Tone Deaf, anyone serious about making a career in music should take note. It all ultimately comes down to treating your music as a business not a hobby.



It may seem like all a band needs to do is concentrate on the music, and the rest will take care of itself, but for anyone hoping to work as a musician, there are a lot of aspects that need to be taken care of right from the start.



Five top New Zealand artists and acts have made the shortlist for the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award, recognising excellence in songwriting. The finalists and their songs represent an eclectic mix of genres and range from iconic names in Kiwi music, to up-and-comers making their mark in the industry.

Live in The Park is back for another epic event! Hitting Hagley Park for a special one-off show, Six60 are joined by The Black Seeds, L.A.B., Kings, and The Sunshine Sound System. Early bird tickets are available now through:

Hailing from Christchurch, New Zealand, 19 year old, Maya Payne has been singing since she was six and writing songs since she was 11. Her early tracks have had significant radio play in New Zealand, with her track “If Only” also becoming a regular fixture on music TV in both New Zealand and Canada.

Mayas debut EP "The Lucky Ones" has recently been released to rave reviews. The EP is available now through Bandcamp

Alt Country / Folk

Going Global Music Summit 2016 is happening in Auckland this week!

Going Global provides New Zealand musicians, producers, composers, labels, promoters, industry professionals and fans an opportunity to discuss, learn and interact with like-minded peers in an environment that encourages the exchange of global ideas, techniques, information and trends.

Over the past six years the event has hosted some of the most influential music industry members in the world.

Skelter have just launched their video for the band’s debut single “Get Outta My Face”. The video was directed by Rick Harvie at Belmont Productions with funding support from NZ On Air.

View the video here:

The 2016 International Songwriting Competition is open now to both amateur and professional songwriters. Winning ISC is a distinction that has propelled many artists to achieve greater success, including getting record and publishing deals, licensing agreements, gigs, and much more.

Over $150,000 in cash and prizes including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and much more in merchandise and services a total of 71 winners and 23 categories for you to enter.

Due to popular demand the Christchurch drum battle competition “Drum Off” returns for 2016. Players will get their chance to impress with their best drum solo with $1500 in prizes up for grabs.

The contest will be held on the 24th of August, at Churchill's Tavern.

Sign up in store at Musicworks, entry's close on the 20th of August.

Black Fox Trio have just released their second single titled “Rhythm Is Your King”. The track is available now through Spotify and Apple Music. You can view the video here:

An initiative has been launched to host a Christchurch Music Awards event aka The Bevrons. The event is aimed to bring artists together and to collectively celebrate Christchurch music. If you would like to participate, contribute, or become a sponsor then head to the official website for more details.

It’s been a whirlwind past few months for up and coming artist Asti-Loren since returning to her hometown of Christchurch recently. With rave reviews across multiple media channels and the release of her new single “Psychedelic Rose” its full steam ahead for this dedicated young musician.

View the video here:

Alvarado’s presents the Soul Fire Sessions every Thursday night hosted by musicians from Taos and Medway Roots. Open jam session, all welcome.