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Auckland, New ZealandNew Zealand’s First-Class Crossovers

New Zealand’s First-Class Crossovers

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When you make the far-flung continent of Australia look somewhat centrally located, you've got a serious case of geographic isolation going on. But New Zealand, whose popular music scene didn't take root until well after the British Invasion hit its...
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Auckland, New ZealandThe Naked & Famous
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The Naked & Famous

The Naked & Famous leaped into the wild rumpus in 2010 with their breakout track “Young Blood,” which has frontwoman Alisa Xayalith wailing longingly over melancholy, bass-driven synth pop. Xayalith met composer Thom Powers in college, where they...
Christchurch, New ZealandBang! Bang! Eche!
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Bang! Bang! Eche!

"We at Iggy have a healthy respect for the young kids who foster a healthy disrespect for their elders. Sure, punk is 33 years old now (haha punk, you’re old) and may no longer have the same connotations of social upheaval it once did, but punk’s power...
Auckland, New ZealandZowie
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Zowie

We think of Zowie in cartoon superhero terms: this New Zealander’s first ever single raced up charts in 2010, and now, with just a handful of singles under her belt and a Bettie-Page-as-a-sexy-robot look, she’s poised to challenge the Ke$has and Gagas...
Auckland, New ZealandRuby Suns — “Tane Mahuta”
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Ruby Suns — “Tane Mahuta”

Check out the brilliant video from New Zealand indie pop trio The Ruby Suns for the tropical salsa hit “Tane Mahuta." The quirky black and white video animates adventures straight out of the pages of a sensational tabloid -- employing a teddy bear...
Wellington, New ZealandLadyhawke — “My Delirium”
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Ladyhawke — “My Delirium”

Riding the 80s Synthpop wave all the way from New Zealand, Ladyhawke's 2008 breakthrough album Ladyhawke earned her an NME nomination for best solo artist, while this track won her Best Single of the Year at the New Zealand Music Awards.
Auckland, New ZealandThe Ruby Suns — SXSW
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The Ruby Suns — SXSW

“I don’t want to be unpopular! No way! Plane tickets cost money!" The Ruby Suns and I got off on the wrong foot.  In fact, our relationship almost turned sour. When I asked politely for a quick...
Auckland, New ZealandLiam Finn — “The Struggle”
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Liam Finn — “The Struggle”

Liam Finn's "The Struggle" is a fun New Zealand rock 'n' roll hodgepodge with a Toadies bluesy bassline, a playful sung/shouted melody, and a foot firmly planted on the distortion pedal. It conjures...
Auckland, New ZealandZowie — “Smash It”
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Zowie — “Smash It”

If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then Zowie deserves her own universe. The dancepop droid from New Zealand offers “Smash It,” her fourth single. The energetic ditty sends us soaring through space with short, rock star guitar riffs and her...
Auckland, New ZealandNew Zealand’s First-Class Crossovers
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New Zealand’s First-Class Crossovers

When you make the far-flung continent of Australia look somewhat centrally located, you've got a serious case of geographic isolation going on. But New Zealand, whose popular music scene didn't take root until well after the British Invasion hit its...