Here is the latest single from Christchurch duo Terrible Sons. The song is titled “Tears Don’t Fall” and it’s another beautifully haunting ballad from the very talented Matt & Lauren Barus. The song can be purchased now on Itunes. The video for “Tears Don’t Fall” was shot here in Christchurch by Snorkel Creative Video.

One of the few guitarists in the world officially recognised by the Hendrix family is coming to New Zealand for the first time…announcing The Hendrix Revolution Tour with Randy Hansen.

Playing the Isaac Theatre Royal on Thursday, May 19th. Pre-sale tickets are available NOW from General sale tickets on sale Monday March 7th, 9am.

Here they are the first Making Tracks funding recipients of 2016.

Over 150 artists submitted their songs this month, with 23 projects receiving funding. There were a number of current and ex-pat Christchurch artists who were successful including; Ladi6, Yumi Zouma, Shapeshifter, and Nadia Reid.

Skymachine have just released a video for their latest single Land of Black Gold. Created by Skymachine and a group of friends, the clip was shot amongst earthquake ruins here in Christchurch, where parts of a once vibrant city have turned into an eerie wasteland.

Celebrate 40 years of iconic Christchurch radio station, RDU98.5FM in a new exhibition at Canterbury Museum opening 18 March 2016.

Alternative Radio: RDU98.5FM since 1976, charts the history of the South Island’s longest-running independent radio station, starting with its birth on 23 February 1976 for a few short weeks during student orientation at the University of Canterbury.

It all began in the early 90’s for a budding young photographer named Joshua Duncan, in a soon to be famous city called Seattle. He rubbed shoulders at parties with bands like Mudhoney, Nirvana and Soundgarden as they were still forging their musical careers, whilst he himself, was trying to edge his way into the competitive world of photography.

Fast forward a few years and countless rolls of film and Joshua has crossed the globe and settled here in Christchurch, which he now calls home.

Nominations are now open for the 2016 MMF Music Managers Awards!
The MMF Music Managers Awards celebrate the behind the scenes superstars of the New Zealand music industry.  The managers who help some of New Zealand’s favourite artists and bands achieve fantastic results both at home and internationally
The following categories are now open for nomination:

Recorded Music NZ Manager of the Year

NZ Music Commission International Achievement

Best Independent Tour

APRA AMCOS Best Small Venue

Radio station RDU celebrates a milestone 40th birthday today. As part of the festivities RDU will be hosting a day of specialist shows, live to air performances and giveaways at their studio on St Asaph Street. Congratulations team!

Under the Radar and Tauranga Music Sux are pleased to present Grant Hart of Husker Du fame for a series of concerts across New Zealand in February. Included in the tour will be an intimate show at the Darkroom Bar in Christchurch.

On Nov 27th, 2015, BeatBox rehearsal space in central Christchurch launched a series of filmed recording sessions called BoxFresh Live! in conjunction with SuchCrowd, Rick Harvie from Belmont Productions, and Ben Delaney from The Sitting Room.

The debut BoxFresh Live! session features the exceptionally talented Katie Thompson, No Broadcast and Matty Smith who were each invited to perform an unplugged set in front of a live audience. 

View the full videos here:

iHeartRadio New Zealand & Radio Hauraki are thrilled to announce American indie-rock band Cold War Kids will be giving a free live performance on Friday, March 18 at The Bedford in Christchurch.Thanks to iHeartRadio NZ and 2degrees you have a chance to win tickets to this exclusive show featuring Cold War Kids, who will be supported by local band Knives at Noon. Enter the competition below or and go in the draw.

Congratulations to Marlon Williams and Nadia Reid whose albums have made the top 8 for the 2016 Taite Music Prize. Other finalists include SJD, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Princess Chelsea, The Phoenix Foundation, Anthonie Tonnon, and SILICON. This year's winner will be announced on April 20.

Here is the trailer for an exciting new project that Chart & BeatBox have been working on. The Box Fresh Live Sessions will be officially launching on Friday 19th February and the first edition will feature performances from Katie Thompson, Matty Smith, and No Broadcast. Special thanks to our sponsors and production team for making this possible. Tune in this Friday!

Hard hitting, rock and blues outfit Black Fox Trio have just released their brand new single GIANTS. The track was funded by NZ On Air and is a catchy, groove laden tune which was recorded at The Sitting Room by Ben Edwards. The video was shot by Rick Harvie at Belmont Productions.

One of the hottest and most in-demand drum & bass acts in the world right now, DC Breaks return to Australia and New Zealand hot off the back of their massive new single ‘Breathe’. Joining them will be fellow label-mate Frankee, who is embarking on his highly anticipated Australia/NZ debut. This is going to be one of the biggest drum & bass tours to hit Australasia in 2016 and you can catch these musical heavyweights in action at Winnie Bagoes in Christchurch on Saturday 27th March.

Local radio heroes RDU are reaching a landmark 40 year anniversary of being on air. The station is planning a special celebration on February 23rd so stay tuned to their events page on Facebook for further announcements.

Psych Emergency are all set to release their second EP 'Dead Forest', and will hosting a party to celebrate this Friday night at the Darkroom. Support acts are Matty Smith & Sugar Loaf. Check out the bands recent single “Eagle Mustard” here:

Xzibit is simply "a self-made man from poverty." A platinum recording artist first and foremost (as well as a TV/movie star) “X to the Z” is also a superstar with a loyal worldwide fan base only a Hip-Hop icon could garner. He’s throwing it down live onstage at Hullabaloo 2016 across NZ, and will be in Christchurch performing at the Bedford Bigtop on February 24th along with a huge line-up that includes Datsik, P-Money, Route 94 and more.


Entries are now also open for the Recorded Music NZ Best Country Music Album (Tui award). Click here for more information and to enter the best album award.

The Isaac Theatre Royal in partnership with ASB is pleased to offer the ASB Performing Arts Community Grant in support of locally created performing Arts in Christchurch, through a subsidised venue rental grant.

The Isaac Theatre Royal is a unique and multi-purpose venue and has been the Christchurch home to many of the national performing arts companies of New Zealand, as well as the preferred venue for International touring productions.


Villain have a new EP on the way and will be holding a release party this Friday night at The Darkroom Bar on St Asaph Street. Joining the band in support will be Moonpup, cover charge is $10.00. You can find out further details on the show and the new record here:

Unsigned Only is a unique music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers all over the world who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. The goal of Unsigned Only is to find an outstanding, talented performer: a band, singer, or solo artist...a newcomer or veteran...raw or polished - the “gem” that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package.

Rising star Candice Milner, one of the youngest recipients of the $10,000 Wildcard Funding Chart grant for June 2015 from NZ On Air Music at the age of only 16, will release her winning single ‘Run for It’ at an event at Wunderbar Lyttelton, New Zealand on Friday 29 January.

The Drum Festival is a celebration of rhythm, beat and dance from around the globe. A dedicated drum festival set in lush surroundings beside the Okuti River on Banks Peninsula. This year’s festival line-up includes cultural drum groups performing rhythms from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America plus drum and dance workshops and evening camp-fire tribal drumming.

Doprah have just announced national tour dates in support of their highly anticipated new album “Wasting”. The tour includes a very unique performance in Christchurch at the recently re-opened Art Gallery.

For more information head to:

Lou Barlow - founding member of Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh, and Folk Implosion - plays four very special solo shows in NZ, 21-24 January.

Barlow is one of America’s most influential indie songwriters. As Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth so succinctly describes: “Lou Barlow essentially invented lo-fi”. 

THURS JAN 21: Chick's Hotel, Dunedin

Here are few handy tips courtesy of NZ On Air, for pitching your music to the student radio networks in NZ. Definitely a great place to start if you are looking to break into alternative radio with your next single or album. Each station will generally also host a range of specialist shows which will support multiple genres of music.

Entries are now open for the Taite Music Prize. The Taite Music Prize is an annual music prize awarded for the best album from New Zealand.The prize is named after respected New Zealand music journalist and broadcaster Dylan Taite, who died in 2003. The Taite Music Prize was established in 2009 in his honour by Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) in conjunction with the Taite family. The Taite takes its inspiration from successful international prizes such as the Mercury Prize in the UK and the Australian Music Prize.

After a 10 year absence from the Christchurch music scene, seminal metal act Grief return to the stage. Grief played regularly around Christchurch and NZ during the late 90’s, and the band were well known for their groove laden heavy sound. You can catch them with Lebowski and Neutralizer at Churchill’s late this month.

Groovefest is an annual rock n roll event showcasing the best up and coming NZ bands from North to South. Growing bigger each year, 2016 is proving to be the biggest show yet as 'Groovefest 4' brings some great acts to their stage. This year’s Christchurch event will be headlined by His Masters Voice and also feature a great selection of Christchurch talent including Pieces of Molly and Stonehurst.

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