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NZ Music News & gig guides
Mp3 site featuring news & downloads
Nightlife, urban culture and entertainment.
Local news, band info, discussion forums, album releases, gig guide
- New Zealand Herald
This online version of the daily paper is updated regularly with high NZ content.
- NZ Music Commission
News, artist information, education and resources
- Official NZ music charts
New Zealand punk, ska and hardcore music resource.
Centre for NZ music
Under the Radar
Music news, gig guide & ticket sales.
International Music News
If you believe the web-designer, this is the world's most dangerous sites. For those with a flagrant disregard for over-inflated hype, you might survive to witness the latest hip-hop news; discussion forums; album reviews and video exclusives.
- All About Jazz
Reviews, articles, artist profiles, how to build a jazz library, directory of links and more.
- Americana UK
UK Americana - alt-country - anti folk - alt-powerpop - acoustic - activism.
- Arts Journal
Emphasis on classical music, but covers general industry topics well also
Metal news, associated with Roadrunner Records
- Blues World
International blues resource, made up mostly of links to other sites.
Entertainment industry news including music
Useful site that links together album reviews (good and bad) to give a broader perspective.
- Pop Justice
Giving pop the disrespect it deserves.
Hip-hop news, tv and mp3.
Interactive news weblog - readers can add their own links to news sources
American cable tv music channel's news page
- Last FM
Last.fm is an internet radio and music community website. It keeps track of what music you're listening to and then personalizes a host of features based on your musical taste. Signing up is free, but you can pay a small subscription to access more features such as playlists, greater customisation etc.
- Wolfgang's Vault
A huge archive of music memorabilia and live concerts set up by the late music promoter Bill Graham. Streams free concerts from Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Black Sabbath, Frank Zappa and many others.
- All Music Guide
Wondering who did that version of Okie from Muskogee? Need to know your Gabber from your Ambient Breakbeat? Also has biographical/ discographical information on a huge range of bands/artists. You can access this free within the library.
- All Movie Guide
Sister site to All Music, provides detailed information for many films composer/soundtrack information etc
- American Popular Music Archive
Contains sheet-music scans for American popular songs from 1896-1953
- Collected sounds
Focuses mainly on independent female musicians, singer/songwriters
- The Internet Archive - Live Music Archive
The Internet Archive is an online archive of web & multimedia resources. The Live Music Archive collects live concerts in a loose downloadable format (FLAC) from 'trade-friendly' bands and includes concerts from 'The Grateful Dead', 'The Smashing Pumpkins' & 'Ryan Adams'.
- The Covers Project
A song database that lists both the original artist and the various versions recorded since.
- Ectophile's Guide to Good Music
Guide to predominantly female and obscure musicians.
- The Anglo-American Folk Music Tradition
- Flavour of New Zealand
NZ music charts from 1960 onwards.
NZ Record Labels
- Arch Hill Recordings
- Dawn Raid Entertainment
Deceptikonz, Mareko, Ill Semantics...
- Eleven Fifty Seven
- Flying Nun
The Chills, PanAm, Betchadupa, The Verlaines, HDU, The D4...
Aspen, Jet Jaguar, Mandrake...
- Kog Transmissions
Spread among several subsidiary labels, artists on the Kog roster include Concord Dawn, Shapeshifter and P-Money
- Loop Recordings Aotearoa
Home of 50hz, Rhian Sheehan, The Black Seeds...
Avotor, Jakob, Day One, Meterman.
For more NZ labels try:
International Record Labels
- Matador Records USA
- Sony BMG Music Entertainment
One of the big four. Includes Arista, Columbia, Epic, J, Jive, and RCA
- Universal Music Group
One of the big four. Includes Geffen, Interscope, Island, Motown, and Universal
- Warner Music Group
One of the big four. Includes Asylum, Atlantic, Lava, Reprise, Rhino, and Warner Bros.
For more international labels try:
- 95bFM (Auckland)
- Radio Active (Wellington)
- rdu (Christchurch)
- Radio One (Dunedin, site requires Flash plug-in)
- The Edge
- The Rock
- ZM Online
- I Heart Radio
NZ Magazines & E-zines
International Magazines & E-zines
- Acoustic Guitar
- Bass Player
- Magnet Magazine
- Musician's Publicity Toolkit
- No Depression
For all your alt-country needs
- Pitchfork Media
The coolest of indie & obscure music info.
- Q Magazine
- Rolling Stone
Online home of the long-running magazine - contains some seriously annoying popup ads however...
- Vibe Magazine
Music for the aurally adventurous
For news about digital copyright and new music gadgets
- Chordbook.com: Guitar Chords [Macromedia Flash Player]
Offered up by Chordbook.com, this online guitar chord primer takes novice and experienced guitar players through all sorts of chord variations and possibilities.
News, videos, bios, solos, clinic, forum and more.
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