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NZ Music News & gig guides

International Music News

  • Allhiphop.com
    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
  • Blabbermouth
    Metal news, associated with Roadrunner Records
  • Blues World
    International blues resource, made up mostly of links to other sites.
  • E-Online
    Entertainment industry news including music
  • Metacritic
    Useful site that links together album reviews (good and bad) to give a broader perspective.
  • Pop Justice
    Giving pop the disrespect it deserves.
  • Rapstation
    Hip-hop news, tv and mp3.
  • Rockdirt
    Interactive news weblog - readers can add their own links to news sources
  • VH1
    American cable tv music channel's news page

Streaming Music

  • 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

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NZ Magazines & E-zines

International Magazines & E-zines

Instructional Sites